Moral fiber lacking in halls of Congress

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. – The Fresno Bee There was quite a scene in the Capitol rotunda (last) week: President Bush and many members of Congress honoring the Dalai Lama, Tibet’s spiritual leader, with the Congressional Gold Medal. China is terribly upset with the United States over the award. But the honor is certainly warranted; the Dalai Lama is a compelling figure in the global fight for justice. That came on the heels of stories about some members of the House of Representatives scuttling away from earlier support for a nonbinding resolution acknowledging the Armenian genocide. They fear Turkey’s wrath, and want to protect military supply routes to Iraq that run through Turkey. So the president is willing to anger China, a world power, and members of Congress jostle each other to get a photo-op with the Dalai Lama, but they don’t want to risk making Turkey mad over historically established events that cost the lives of 1.5 million Armenians. ? The United States has been willing to condemn past and present genocides, including ? atrocities in Cambodia, Darfur, Ukraine and Bosnia. But not, apparently, in Armenia. ? This has turned into a serious test of the moral fiber of the House. ? How will it fare? last_img

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