- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 12, 2006

While France has fighting in the streets, they also have fighting - on an international scale - in their parliament:

Turkey has condemned a French parliamentary vote which would make it a crime to deny that Armenians suffered “genocide” at the hands of the Turks.

Turkey called it a “serious blow” to relations and has threatened sanctions. The vote was also criticised by the EU.

So why did the French Socialist party introduce the bill? There seems to be two reasons: First, Turkey would like to get into the European Union; France isn’t too keen on the idea. Second, there is a presidential election next year in France and the ethnic Armenian voting bloc is too enticing for politicians.

But back to the Turk-Armenian situation.

It is noteworthy to point out today’s announcement that Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk has won the Nobel literature prize. Here’s the noteworthy part:

Pamuk, whose novels include “Snow” and “My Name is Red,” was charged last year for telling a Swiss newspaper in February 2005 that Turkey was unwilling to deal with two of the most painful episodes in recent Turkish history: the massacre of Armenians during World War I, which Turkey insists was not a planned genocide, and recent guerrilla fighting in Turkey’s overwhelmingly Kurdish southeast.

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