A History of Convenience

The following link is an op-ed written by Colby J. Cooper, a former advisor, for nearly eight years, to former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, during the (George W.) Bush Administration. Cooper’s piece, appeared in the Press-Register, is in opposition to a non-binding congressional resolution condemning the 1915 Armenian massacres, which his great-grandparents, Armenians, were forced to flee from their native Turkey. See his op-ed and my response below:

http://blog.al.com/press-register-commentary/2010/03/armenia_remembering_the_past_focusing_on_the_future.html

Enjoy!
Ted

March 14, 2010

A History of Convenience

by

Ted Burnett

Mr. Cooper,

I read your article on The Great Armenian Calamity, in the Press-Register, and your opposition to a non-binding congressional resolution condemning the 1915 event seemed predictable, but sad. I suspect your Armenian great-grandparents who fled Turkey would see it differently, if they were still alive. I couldn’t disagree more with your flawed logic of business (or oil) over morality. That’s what you are saying, isn’t it?

I think your time, almost 8 years, in the Bush Administration speaks volumes and has colored your world, your reality. Your argument is one of convenience, of dishonesty, greed, fear and insanity. It’s a “let’s get what we can now” attitude and a total disregard for “doing the right thing”. The U.S. is so self-serving and corrupt that we “use” everyone for short-term gain and then kick them to the curb like yesterday’s trash — our citizens, our troops and the rest of the world. We have an insatiable thirst for money, for growing this crazy economy, at all cost, including human life.

The Bush Administration told a lot of lies and look at it’s legacy. Look at the consequences of his domestic policy — this country is a complete mess. The foreign policy towards Iraq, Afghanistan and Iran was no different. He and many of his advisors should be in jail. They were the world’s terrorists. If you served as an advisor to Condoleezza Rice, then you must have been neck deep in stench.

While I voted twice for George W. Bush, I am very disappointed with him. He and his advisors were willing to say anything with little regard for the truth or who might get hurt. A lot of people got hurt. They wrecked our economy, our society while serving only the rich and the super rich. It’s shameful.

Forgetting history for convenience sake, for the moment is borne out of the phrase “history always repeats itself”. It’s immature. Denying the truth means that no one has to learn a thing from the last crisis and so it repeats it’s self until the hard lessons are finally learned.

This mentality produces lots of pain and suffering, lots of massacres, lots of wars, for all to endure. It’s been said that Adolph Hitler got his idea for the Holocaust from the tactics used in the Armenian massacres, in Turkey. Should we continue to mark the Holocaust, after all Germany has become one of our strongest allies and biggest trading partners? We have military bases there, as well. Should we be sensitive to their needs, dare we offend them? What if they someday retaliate against us?

Sincerely,
Ted Burnett
Daphne, AL

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