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Majority of Scotland MPs co-sponsor motion on remembering Armenian Genocide

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    The majority of members of the Parliament of Scotland have co-sponsored the motion on “Remembering the Armenian Genocide” introduced by Marco Biagi from the Scottish National Party. It has been signed by 65 MPs.


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    Re: Majority of Scotland MPs co-sponsor motion on remembering Armenian Genocide

    Originally posted by TomServo View Post
    The majority of members of the Parliament of Scotland have co-sponsored the motion on “Remembering the Armenian Genocide” introduced by Marco Biagi from the Scottish National Party. It has been signed by 65 MPs.

    Plenipotentiary meow!


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      Re: Majority of Scotland MPs co-sponsor motion on remembering Armenian Genocide

      Somewhat related...
      By Robert Fisk
      May 11 2014
      "ICH <>" - "The Independent"

      - The law is the law is the law. So I was taught as a child. But it's
      all baloney. Take the case of Gerry Adams, `arrested' and then
      released after chatting to the Northern Ireland police - I notice the
      cops did not use the old cliché about `helping the police with their
      inquiries' - about the torture and murder and `disappearance' of Jean
      It is, to quote Fintan O'Toole, that wise old bird of Irish philosophy,
      `an atrocity that cries out for accountability' - in which Adams has
      consistently denied any involvement. Sinn Fein announced that Adams's
      `arrest' was political, a remark that got the usual tsk-tsk from
      Unionists and British alike.
      But alas, Theresa Villiers, the latest in the hordes of Northern Ireland
      secretaries to be visited upon Belfast, also announced, a wee bit before
      Adams's `arrest', that there would be no independent inquiry into the
      killing of 11 unarmed civilians in Ballymurphy in August 1971 by soldiers
      of the Parachute Regiment, the most undisciplined British military unit to
      be sent to the province, which later killed another 14 civilians in Derry
      on Bloody Sunday. In the Ballymurphy shooting, the Brits managed to kill a
      Catholic priest carrying an improvised white flag and a mother of eight
      children who went to help a wounded boy. The deaths of Father Hugh Mullan
      and Mrs Joan Connolly were also deaths that `cry out for accountability'.
      But of course, there will be none. Ms Villiers has seen to that.

      She also ensured that there would be no inquiry into the fire-bombing of
      the La Mon hotel in 1978, when the IRA burned 12 people to death. Families
      of the dead have their suspicions that transcripts of police interviews
      with IRA suspects to this crime were removed from the archives to protect
      important people involved in the `peace process' in Northern Ireland. No
      complaints about that, needless to say, from the IRA. But you can see the
      problem: if arresting Adams just before the European elections was not
      political, then surely the British refusal to inquire into the slaughter in
      Ballymurphy - assuming the soldiers involved have not died of old age - was
      political. After all, the Brits know who these soldiers were, their names,
      their ages and ranks. They have much more than the statements of two dead
      IRA supporters - the `evidence' against Adams =80` to go on.

      Now you may argue that the Saville inquiry into Bloody Sunday cost far too
      many millions of pounds to warrant another investigation into the
      Ballymurphy deaths. But then you may also ask why the soldiers who gave
      evidence to the original inquiry were given the cover of anonymity. This
      was something Gerry Adams was not offered - nor, given the favourable
      political fallout, was he likely to have asked for it. But then it would
      also be pleasant if the Brits who know something about the Dublin and
      Monaghan bombings during the worst days of the Irish war could pop over to
      Dublin and give a little evidence about this particular atrocity. No chance
      of that, of course.

      And you don't have to stick in Ireland for further proof of legal
      hypocrisy. Take our beloved Home Secretary's decision to deprive British
      immigrants of their British passports if they go to fight Assad's regime in
      Syria. Quite apart from the fact that William Hague, the Foreign Secretary,
      and his friends originally supported the armed Syrian opposition, there are
      problems with the passport story. Many British supporters of Israel, for
      example, have fought on Israel's behalf in Israeli uniform in that
      country's wars. But what if they served in Israeli units known to have
      committed war crimes in Lebanon or Gaza? Or in the Israeli air force, which
      promiscuously kills civilians in war. Are they, too, to be deprived of
      their passports if they were not born in the UK? Of course not. One law for
      Muslims, another for non-Muslims - not unlike Spain's offer of passports to
      the descendants of those driven from their homes in the 15th century, a
      generous act somewhat damaged by the fact that only xxxs (not Muslims) may
      take advantage of it.

      We will not dwell upon all the other hypocrisies of the Middle East =80` the
      outrage at any Iranian interest in acquiring nuclear weapons, for example,
      when another country in the region has an awful lot of nuclear weapons; or
      US fury at Russian annexation of Crimea but no anger at all about the
      annexation of Golan or the theft of Arab land in the West Bank, which are
      equally illegal under international law. Upon such foundations is
      aggression built: the illegal invasion of Iraq, for instance.

      I contemplate all this because of a little research I'm undertaking about a
      Moroccan air force colonel who, in 1972, tried to stage a coup against the
      brutal King Hassan who was also, by the way, quite an expert on
      `disappearances'. Mohamed Amekrane flew to Gibraltar and threw himself upon
      the dodgy mercy of Her Majesty. He pleaded for asylum (after all, the coup
      had failed) but we packed him off back to Morocco because, while the
      European Convention on Human Rights gives anyone the right to leave his or
      her own country, no international treaty obliges a country to give that
      person asylum. So back Amekrane went - and was, of course, put to death.
      His widow eventually got £37,500 from the British government - ex gratia,
      needless to say, out of goodwill not guilt, you understand - and Colonel
      Amekrane was then erased from history. Interesting to see what happens to
      the ex-Brits who lose their passports for going to Syria - and have to go
      back to the country of their birth. They might be better off - and
      longer lives - if they to go off to fight in another jihad.
      The Great War's forgotten victims in the Levant

      Horrors of the Great War you will not read about this year: among the
      casualties were another million dead, the men, women and children of the
      Ottoman Levant - for which read modern-day Lebanon and Syria =80` who died of
      famine, victims of both the Allied blockade of the east Mediterranean
      coastline (which is why we ignore these particular souls) and of the
      Turkish army's seizure of all food and farm animals from the civilian
      population; all this in addition to the million and a half slaughtered
      Armenians of 1915. Many Lebanese remember parents who ate nettles to stay
      alive, just as the Irish did in the famine. I have a book by Father Antoine
      Yammine, published in Cairo in 1922, illustrated with photos of stick-like
      children and of a priest in his habit lying dead on a Beirut street,
      another of a baby suckling at his dead mother's breast outside their front
      door. `And some there be which have no memorial; who are perished as though
      they had never been"
      Hayastan or Bust.


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        Re: Majority of Scotland MPs co-sponsor motion on remembering Armenian Genocide

        Just another reason to hope scotland gets independence. Then we can add another first world world country to the list of those who have accepted the genocide. The the independence vote had been frozen solid at a low percentage for 3-4 years, but has started to gain momentum over the past 4-5 months. Its at around 35-40 percent now. Hopefully by September it crosses over to the majority despite the best attempt by England to derail it.
        <<եթե զենք էլ չլինի' ես քարերով կկրվեմ>>


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          Re: Majority of Scotland MPs co-sponsor motion on remembering Armenian Genocide


          I find it amazing that all legislative bodies who do not have jurisdiction in the setting of the foreign policy of their countries
          make pronouncements either about Artsakh or Armenian Genocide.

          But never the body that has teeth in shaping their foreign policy.

          The cynic in me is concerned.

          Politics is not about the pursuit of morality nor what's right or wrong
          Its about self interest at personal and national level often at odds with the above.
          Great politicians pursue the National interest and small politicians personal interests