- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 2, 2009


While we Armenian Americans are unhappy that President Obama broke his campaign promise to acknowledge unambiguously the Armenian genocide, many of us knew years ago that he was just another politician who was long on talk and short on principle (“Just words?” Embassy Row, World, Tuesday).

But what is Samantha Power’s excuse? After all, she is a world-renowned genocide authority, a Harvard professor and the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “A Problem From Hell: America and the Age of Genocide.” Mr. Obama appointed her to his National Security Council.

Last year, she made a video - it’s on YouTube - telling Armenian Americans that Mr. Obama had read her book, whose first chapter is about the Armenian genocide, and that he understands “genocide prevention and the costs of denial.”

He can be “trusted,” said Ms. Power. “Take my word for it.” The Armenian community has “always taken me seriously.”

Two years ago, she rightly criticized President George W. Bush for using the euphemistic term “tragic suffering” (rather than “genocide”) when referring to the Armenian extermination. Yet, despite Mr. Obama’s having now committed the same offense, Ms. Power has remained silent. Her credibility and reputation hang in the balance.

If Ms. Power is to remain true to her ideals, she must resign and return to Harvard University, where once again she can speak out for human rights and against genocide denial.


Newton, Mass.

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