Letters to the Editor

BY DI READERS | APRIL 23, 2015 5:00 AM

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Armenian losses not a genocide

House Resolution 154 spurs a historical allegation of “genocide” that has not been historically or legally substantiated to this date. Numerous American and international scholars, all experts in the history of the Ottoman Empire, dispute Armenian allegations, leading to the conclusion that while Armenian civilian losses during World War I were tragic, the events of 1915 were not tantamount to genocide. The 600,000 Armenians did not suffer alone, at least 523,000 Turks were massacred starting in 1914 by the Armenian army.

The alleged “genocide” that the Armenian lobby and its sponsored researches are pushing has never been proven. Genocide is a crime with a legal and binding definition codified in the UN Genocide Convention of 1948, which the U.S. has ratified as a treaty, as well as under the U.S. criminal code, 18 USC 1091 - thus acknowledging the sole jurisdiction to hear genocide allegations is the International Court of Justice  at The Hague. The so-called “Armenian genocide” does not fit the U.N. and U.S. genocide definitions and has never been heard at The Hague. Recently, Ban Ki Moon, the U.N. secretary general said the Armenian case was not genocide but rather “atrocity crimes.”

I strongly oppose H.R.154 and encourage greater and more balanced study of the region by all lawmakers, striving to decrease the Armenian lobby’s influence, and not allowing a democracy like Turkey to be chastised by a resolution, while the beneficiary, Armenia, is an aggressor state that ignores four UN Security Council resolutions calling it to withdraw its army from Azerbaijan, and while Armenia has been selling weapons to Iran, and was nearly sanctioned by the U.S. Government. I join the U.S. Turkic Network and up to 1 million Turkic-Americans in speaking against this highly flawed resolution.

Agshin Taghiyev

Food for thought

Well, I had to get my 2 cents in.  Last week I read the university is banning all tabacco, then Wednesday, I read its extending tailgate hours after the game from two hours to three hours on drinking alcohol.  Doesn’t that kind of make UI officials hypocrites??

Todd Hebl

Opportunity in Iran agreement

Iran has come to an interim agreement with the U.S. and five other countries to dramatically reduce its nuclear program and to allow even more intensive international inspections. A final agreement is to be complete by June 30.

Congress will soon debate its role in this matter. Iowa Sens. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst have, up to this point, expressed not only skepticism about a potential agreement but have attempted to derail it. They will now have another opportunity to weigh in on it, both in the upcoming debates and in the congressional review of the agreement after June 30. This will be an opportunity for them to get on the right side of history, by supporting an agreement than ensures that Iran will not have the ability to build a nuclear weapon. (Despite the senators’ claims to the contrary, U.S. intelligence agencies have affirmed numerous times in the last decade that there is no evidence of an Iranian nuclear-weapon program).

The alternative to an agreement will be more sanctions, more distrust and isolation, enhanced conditions for another war. In January 1991, Grassley voted against the first Gulf War. He was one of only two Republican senators to vote against the Republican president’s request, and it took courage and common sense to do it. Now is the time to ask that he exercise that courage and common sense again and support this historic agreement. His actions would also, hopefully, have a profound effect on the junior senator from Iowa.

Ed Flaherty

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