Dear Mr. Davutoglu...: An undiplomatic message to an insulting diplomat

Dear Mr. Davutoglu...: An undiplomatic message to an insulting diplomat


If not clear before, it should be crystal, now, that Turkey has no intention (if it ever did) of following through with the foreign policy protocols that have served an opposite purpose to their intended cause of reconciling enemies.

The latest in a convincing line of turnabouts by the Turks came Monday when Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmed Davutoglu – among other appalling comments – referred to a pending U.S. Congress resolution on genocide as “blackmail”.

“Why do these events occur in this very period? When signing protocols with Armenia, we have demonstrated the political will and started rapprochement on a goodwill basis. They should not blackmail us with April 24 . . .”

There are so many reasons for outrage at such a remark. The eyes cross at the gall, the callousness, arrogance, the cruelty of anyone – to say nothing of a state official – linking the deaths of 1.5 million of ANY ethnicity or faith, to an act of sly politics.

Let Davutoglu hold his opinion about (his words) “the so-called genocide”, but even a Turk given the world forum that this regrettable protocol process has afforded should have the decency his position demands to speak with some reverence for Armenia’s dead.

“They start raising the issue of ‘genocide’ every time before April 24, like Greeks do when they raise old problems before the EU-Turkish summits,” the foreign minister carried on.

Well, pardon the world, Mr. Foreign Minister, if the rest of civilization just happens to find slaughter and oppression a distasteful trait by any nation, to say nothing of one seeking membership in the European Union. You might want to know that the EU has among its bodies a Genocide Network, but is yet to form a “so-called genocide” council.

Sorry, too, if the once-a-year reference to your nation’s failed attempts to wipe out an entire race distresses you. April 24 comes 365 days a year for your neighbors, some of your own citizens, and for families across the globe whose roots were severed on land you now call yours.

Decent folk anywhere should flood Ankara with messages objecting to Davutoglu’s insult that has crossed the lines of political point of view, of public behavior by a diplomat, of simple respect for the dead.

Turkish people of good will should be embarrassed.

Armenians should just be quiet and dignified.

I’m neither Armenian, a decent folk, nor dignified. So here’s my message to the foreign minister: Go sit on a kebab.