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    • Tosefta
    • 26.08.07 | 21:10 (IDT)

    1. "were Germany to deny what it did to the Jews, were Germany to become as important to the US as it was during the Cold War, would you approve the US rejecting recognizing what Hitler did to the Jews?" - W I have the impression that you tend not to differentiate between the obligation to stop a genocide while it is going on with the obligation to formally acknowledge it after it happened. These are entirely different obligations, and carry entirely different weights. In the real world, very often you have conflicting needs. Going to war involves killing, but defending your territory involves preserving your property. You have to make a judgment based on various factors, including what will happen next if you do not defend yourself. That a genocide of the Armenians happened is a fact already established by Historians. Acknowledging it gives some relief to the victims. Perhaps they will also get some compensation, or maybe not. And the acknowledgment, even if it does not happen today, may come next year. The formal acknowledgment now seems not to be of overwhelming importance. Now you have to weigh this against other interests you have and see what price should be paid for it. The reasons I gave would apply to the case you posited. 2. "Interestingly, your first point, about the Jewish influence in the US, what`s your take on the Walt-Mearsheimer brouhaha? You seem to admit it`s true. Is it? " ? W Jewish influence on the US Congress is too well known to deny, and I am not in the business of denying reality. See this quote: "In 1997, Fortune magazine asked Congressmen to rank the "25 most powerful" lobbying organizations in DC. In 2005, the National Journal did the same. Both times, AIPAC came in 2nd - ahead of, for instance, the AFL-CIO and the NRA, but behind the AARP." - Wikipedia

    from the article: Peres to Turks: Our stance on Armenian issue hasn't changed
    First published 00:00 26.08.07 | Last updated 00:00 26.08.07
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