Decision-making should be examined ethically, independent from personal benefit or gain.

Genocide: the use of deliberate systematic measures (killing, bodily or mental injury, unlivable conditions, prevention of births) calculated to bring about the extermination of a racial, political or cultural group.

I have two opinions involving this word and the U.S. Government.

The Armenian genocide resolution is losing support from legislators because endorsement of the bill will deteriorate relations between the U.S. and Turkey. Turkey is an important ally and post for U.S. military in Iraq. The White House does not want this bill to go through for fear of retaliation from Turkey, hindering the mission in Iraq. The mission in Iraq is already messed-up; U.S. troops should be removed from Iraq. Denying that the Armenian genocide occurred is analogous to denying the Holocaust (in some countries denial of the Holocaust is illegal). The legislators should not fear passing this resolution because it may hurt our goal in Iraq. They should pass the bill because it is the correct thing to do.

Secondly, our government should be more involved in ending the genocide occurring in Darfur. Perhaps they are not because there is no monetary gain or that region does not affect the U.S. We need to learn from mistakes in history, or it is going to be 80 years down the road when the U.S. decides to say, “Oh yeah, what happened in Sudan, that was genocide . maybe we should have done something.”

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