There is now an ongoing dispute between Turkey and the Armenians bout Turkish failing to admit to the genocide. To what extent did Turkey suppress the geno cide and how impactful was Turkeys denial of the accounts on the United States? President Woodrow Wilson entered the United States World War I in 1 917 as independent power. Although they declared war on Germany who allied with Turkey and Austria, the U. S. never fully joined the Allied Powers consisting of Great Britai n, France, Russia, and Italy. In this war, foreign relations were strong and stable between the Alli ed Powers.
At the start of the mass killings, the objective of the Turkish Government was for the r actions to remain obscure, but their plan failed when accounts of killings were reported (Holthouse). Among the first witnesses were United States diplomatic representatives and American missionaries. The news traveled and countries were soon debating whether t o take action or not. The IJnited States Department of States proceeded to write a letter stating th at the Turkish government would be responsible for the “crimes against humanity”(“Woodro w Wilson and the Armenian Genocide”).
According to the Armenian National Institute this was not the only form of involvement that the united States had with the genocide. The American E mbassy in Constantinople served as a connection of information about the crimes again st the Armenians and also as a location to distribute the funds raised by the U. S. serving as relie f for the refugees. Not only did Wilson attempt to intervene in a political sense, but a military mi ssion was also to be carried out when Wilson presented to the Armenians a part of land that o ffered relief.
Before he could do so the “domestic opposition led by the Republican party to Wilso n’s international policies delayed U. S. action”(Woodrow Wilson and the Armenian Genocide”). T he Armenian National Institute puts the responsibility on the Republican party although Wil son had enough power as president to easily override their decisions. It further argues that th e reason for not acting was because of the Western Powers boundaries in the land. The United States did not want to cause unnecessary conflict by intervening with the genocide.
They ma de very subtle attempts to stop what was happening because they could not risk the possibil ity of creating huge conflicts between each other. A break in their relationship even if it did not exi st could have resulted in a breakout of an individual war. After the incident the leaders of the Yung Tourks, whom were in charge of the CUP who started the genocide, fled to Germany and immediately refused to accept what they had committed. They did this by “saying there was no premeditation in the deaths, no systematic attempt to destroy a people”(Kifner).
They even claimed that the Armenians were enemy forces and termination was only an essential war measure. Despite all evidence historians have, Turkey began to spend millions of dollars in the United States to obfuscate the genocide. As early as the 1 930s, Turkey paid the U. S. State Department to convince MGM studios not to make a movie ased on a book that tells events of the genocide(Holthouse). This was followed by many accounts of their government hunting down any academics specialized in writing about the genocide.
The historians that were found were inspected by Turkey, so they could make sure no one had any reason to believe the genocide they were responsible for. The United States following the Turkish instructions went on for many years. Just as United States would consider a bill commemorating the genocide, Turkey would propose threats such as, “may do grave harm to U. S. -TUrkish relations and to U. S. interests in Europe and the middle There was no point in the U. S. jeopardizing foreign relations for a simple reason as paying homage to distraught Armenians.
They could not go to extremes to vouch for a bill as trivial as this one. Beneath the large efforts of hiding it, many presidents of the 20th century sent their official condolences to the Armenians, and although this was not a bill, it contributed to greater media attention. The United States did not go to extremes in protecting the Armenians for various reasons. There was no point for them to invest excessive amounts of time and money to aid this other country for a cause that did not benefit hem in any way.
At the time of the genocide, the President did everything in his best abilities to support and assist the Armenians. Plans made by the U. S had to be carefully constructed considering they were being constantly threatened by Turkey, so they had no choice but to comply with them. The proposed resolution for recognizing the genocide is currently still under consideration in the House of Representatives because the United States still wants to show sensitivity and understanding relating to human rights on both sides so no foreign relations will be interfered with.