America’s public television, PBS, has posted essays written by U.S. High School students dealing with the Armenian Genocide resolution in the Congress.

Erika Martin, for instance, has written in her essay:

The House of Representatives should not pass the resolution acknowledging the Armenian genocide at this point in time.

ErikaThe genocide occurred form 1915-1917 where approximately 1.5 million Armenians were massacred by the Ottoman Empire. The Armenian Genocide should be recognized, but at the proper time when innocent lives are not in danger by the potential consequences that could occur from passing the resolution.


Kim Kinden, on the other hand, has argued that moralpolitik is realpolitik:

KimOn October 10, the House Foreign Affairs Committee approved the resolution and around mid-November the House of Representatives will cast their votes and come up with the final verdict. They should pass the resolution because the Turkish government needs to recognize this tragic event as a genocide.

The Armenian Genocide began in 1915, during the Ottoman Empire, and ended in 1917. During that time there was at least 1.5 million Armenians murdered out of 2.5 million.

The House of Representatives should pass this resolution because the Armenian Genocide is not that different from the Holocaust.

The Holocaust had way over 1.5 million victims, but they still died for no real reason, just like the Armenians who were murdered. Also, they were starved and tortured just like the Jewish victims of the Holocaust.