Statement on Pulling Armenian Genocide
October 19, 2000
The Clinton Administration has a dismal record on genocide. I'm disappointed
that the Clinton Administration has apparently pressured the House leadership
to withdraw consideration of H.Res. 596, the United States Affirmation of the
Armenian Genocide Resolution. In 1994, the Clinton Administration actively
fought to ensure that nothing would be done to stop the genocide in Rwanda.
Crimes against humanity are currently being committed in Democratic Republic
of Congo and yet the Clinton Administration actively assists the
perpetrators. In Sierra Leone the Clinton Administration dawdled while the
democratically-elected government almost fell, and then did everything in its
power to force the Kabbah government to accept criminals such as Foday Sankoh
into positions of leadership. This Administration lectures the world on
human rights but plays favorites and at times is even complicit in grave
international crimes. The United States used to be a force for good in the
world. But now we're too often seen as a prime violator of human rights and
a threat to peace and security in certain regions of the world.
Unfortunately, this country has had too long an association with some of the
worst perpetrators in the world of crimes against humanity. Suharto, Mobutu,
Marcos, Rios Montt, Pinochet, Saddam Hussein, and even Osama Bin Laden have
all worn the U.S. Government Seal of Approval.