I haven't spoken to one person so far who is not excited about Barack Obama taking office today. For the most part everyone believes something good will come out of his presidency. They can't predict when necessarily and may not know in what sphere will the changes be obvious per say, but they do think that he will restore good relations with the rest of the world. I for one am hoping he will put increased pressure on the Armenian government to enact democratic reform and in the process drastically reduce corruption. He will surely repair damaged relations with Russia which will be beneficial in the long run to the entire region. Hopefully a reasonable, viable solution to the Nagorno-Karabagh conflict will be found, too during his presidency, one in which all parties will agree to despite having to accept compromises that may be hurtful to some extent.
Armenians not only in the US but worldwide are also banking on his campaign promise to recognize the Armenian Genocide. The Turkish foreign minister Ali Babacan is already warning against that
, which means Turkey is treating his words very seriously. It's a dream for many Armenian-Americans, especially those few survivors who are still alive, to hear their leader acknowledge one of the most poignant tragedies of the 20th century as what it exactly is--genocide. I don't know exactly what will change as a result but here's hoping on April 24 he'll say what most everyone--excluding the Turkish government--wants to here.
There are some bizarre theories about what may happen during Obama's term. One friend of mine for instance believes that the United States of America as a union will collapse and as a result each state will become its own separate, sovereign republic. I've heard something similar from another friend. Although I naturally think it's an absurd, meritless notion I wasn't about to tell him, since that's his belief and I don't want to lambaste him for having it.
But I know one thing. I am relieved that Barack Obama is going to put the US once again at the forefront to demonstrate the nation as a beacon of hope, liberty and democracy that it is known for but was demoted, even mocked, by much of the world during the last eight years. Quoting former president Gerald Ford, the long national (and hopefully soon, international) nightmare is over. Time to start anew.
Labels: Armenian Genocide, Politics