By Edmond Y. Azadian
On June 2, the German Bundestag passed the Armenian Genocide resolution, which was long in the making. The passage of the bill was very dramatic, given the tense relations between Germany and Turkey. The German parliament not only came to recognize a historic truth, but also acknowledged Germany’s role in perpetrating the Genocide.
Additionally, it sent a powerful message to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that he cannot bully Europe with impunity.
Thus, one of the major forces in Europe acknowledged the truth about the Armenian Genocide, paving the way for others to follow.
Given the political intensity of the moment, the Bundestag vote received extensive coverage around the world. It received a lot of ink in the New York Times editorial columns and in many major news sources, which seldom give proper attention to the murder of one and a half million Armenians.
Understandably, Armenians around the world were jubilant as official Turkey was gnashing its teeth. Since Erdogan’s options are limited, Turkey’s response has been measured thus far. Instead of escalating the confrontation with a powerful country like Germany, Erdogan has turned his rancor toward the Armenian citizens who work in Turkey to support their families back home. He has been threatening to deport them, like before him threatened another Prime Minister, Tansu Ciller. Those migrant workers have been living in Turkey as political pawns.