I recently mentioned John Kerry’s appointment to Secretary of State, and how that might be positive for Armenia. Harut Sassounian of the California Courier has a different perspective.
Sassounian believes that Kerry underwent a shameful about-face for not using the term “Armenian Genocide” and using the euphemisms used by Obama. I believe Sassounian is missing the point that Kerry can use whatever term he wants as a citizen or politician, but as Secretary of State, his job is to enact the foreign policy of the President. If you want to criticize, criticize the source of the policy: the White House. There is no doubt that Kerry hasn’t undergone a transformation—if Armenian organizations supported him before, they should still support him now—but is restrained by the requirements of the position from using terms like “Genocide.” He still believes the “historical fact that 1.5 million Armenians were massacred or marched to their death” (his words), and to force a hard-line ideological stance like Sassounian is promoting will simply turn away a potential ally.