By Edmond Y. Azadian
Some people believe that with our scattered forces and with a homeland struggling for survival, our efforts toward Genocide recognition are futile against the growing strategic power of Turkey. For many years, we waged our fight for recognition away from Turkey’s territory. Today, the issue of the Armenian Genocide is a topic for national discourse within Turkish society itself, and the question has acquired its own life, sometimes independent of Armenian activism.
Turkey is indeed on the defensive and that is the first step towards victory. The wheels of justice will move at a low pace, but there is no way that it will lose momentum.
Contrary to the adage that justice delayed is justice denied, an inexorable course of perseverance will continue, even after the centennial mark of 2015 for the final victory.
The Turkish government has mobilized its resources domestically and internationally to deny or delay that final victory.
Ahmet Davutoglu, Turkey’s erudite foreign minister, has been trying to give a human face to Turkey’s growing international power. His “zero-problem with neighbors” policy proved to be hollow; Armenia’s blockade is still continuing, Ankara is defying NATO to keep Israel out of the organization’s forthcoming meeting in Chicago, and freezing negotiations with the European Union for the duration of Cyprus’ presidency and even threatening war with Cyprus over the latter’s gas explorations in the Mediterranean.