In an editorial published in the Oct. 19 San Francisco Chronicle, Professor
of International Relations Sophie Clavier and masters degree candidate
Suzanne Sanchez oppose House Resolution 106, the "Affirmation of
the United States Record on the Armenian Genocide." They write, "It
is not the right time in the United States, and perhaps not even the
right venue, for this human tragedy to be given a proper reckoning." The
resolution, they say, jeopardizes U.S. relations with West-friendly Turkish
democracy and ultimately puts the safety of U.S troops serving in the
region at risk. Clavier and Sanchez ask, “Is it morally right to
potentially put in harms way our troops currently engaged in combat?....
If doing the right thing at the wrong time is considered courageous,
then some might say that we are offering a cowardly opinion."
Sanjoy Banerjee, professor and chair of international relations, was
featured as a political expert in an Oct. 17 ABC7 news broadcast. The
news clip detailed U.S. and Iraq opposition to the Turkish parliament’s
decision to use force against Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq. “It
would certainly destabilize the one part of Iraq that is relatively
peaceful and pro-American,” Banerjee said. “All of the
larger gains that the Bush Administration hoped to make from its action
in Iraq would be further set back by this sort of chaos taking over
the territory … even if it doesn’t really affect the areas
in which U.S. military is mainly operating.”
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