October 12, 2006

Turkey’s EU Hopes Bleak After French Genocide Bill Clears Lower House

While we were discussing some other hoo-ha yesterday, the French Lower House passed a bill making it illegal to deny the existence of a previous genocide in history. The law, which would have legal consequences, which can include up to a year in jail, caused a ripple effect across the EU.

It would now be illegal to deny the Armenian genocide in France, or the holocaust for that matter. This is a problem as applicant country Turkey still does not think it did anything wrong.

“They were in the way” is not an excuse for killing civilians. If the Turkish government ever wants to enter the European Union, they should come to terms with that sometime in the near future.

While historical truths may cause pain, they are also good in order to bury the hatchet and heal the wounds. If the law is signed by Jacques Chirac and Catherine Colonna, you can pretty much kiss Turkey’s EU future goodbye.

6 Commentaires:

Blogger Gavin Neil a dit...

Sauce for the goose is sauce for Israel.

G

10/12/2006 1:46 PM  
Blogger Antonio a dit...

Did I ever say otherwise?

10/12/2006 2:04 PM  
Blogger Andrea a dit...

Antonio

Your views on Turkey membership into the EU have always been quite clear. However, you aren't seeing the whole picture.

Do you honestly think that the French are passing this law in memory of the Armenians. No. The French are passing this law, because many French don't want Turkey in the EU. That's the reason. I doubt the French give a damn about the Armenians. The French party that is passing the bill cares about votes, and they're hoping to bank on anti-Turkish sentiment to get votes.

Don't forget, France hasn't been too happy about any of the new EU members, because they dilute the Franco-German power base, which is a GREAT thing.

If you think the French are doing this for some noble cause, than I suggest you look more closely at French history.

10/12/2006 4:17 PM  
Blogger Antonio a dit...

Andrew

I know exactly what this is about Andrew

the French are looking for any excuse...but if it makes Turkey realize the truth, all the better

10/12/2006 4:34 PM  
Blogger yyclaw a dit...

You might want to amend your posting.

“They were in the way” is not an excuse for killing civilians ... except if they are Lebanese. That would at least be consistent.

This is certainly what I take from your posting which suggests there is "no evidence" that Israelis "knew" that there were civilians in the towns they were bombing and that this is somehow a defence.

10/13/2006 12:00 PM  
Blogger Antonio a dit...

haha

just because there is no evidence does not mean it didnt happen...

I am the sure the Turks also "did everything they could possibly have done" to avoid killing innocent people.

10/13/2006 12:12 PM  

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