It is ironic that Andrew Bowen of the Center for the National Interest, in his Feb. 28 letter, “An alliance that threatens Turkey,” chose to impugn Armenia for an “alliance” that permits Russia to build an air base near the Turkish border. Mr. Bowen should refresh his history of the World War I era, when the remnants of a failed Ottoman Empire inflicted their final savagery through the ethnic cleansing of at least a million Armenians. The method was a deadly military assault extending across eastern Anatolia, into Armenian-populated areas governed by Russia. Thanks to Russian intervention, Turkey’s massacres, unequaled up to that period in the 20th century, were brought to an end.
Despite those horrific events, the United States government has never officially acknowledged this genocide or held Turkey accountable.
Disregarding Armenia’s gratitude and the obvious socioeconomic ties to its dominant neighbor, one might ask, “Is Russia’s Armenian air base any less intrusive then America’s naval base in Cuba or hundreds of other U.S. military sites around the world?” Finally, when might Turkey, the United States’ alleged friend, strive for a more peaceful Middle East by recognizing and reconciling with the Kurds, a major culture, in and surrounding Turkey?
Paul Manoukian, Arlington