By Nate Noy
You may remember my first post on this subject from almost two weeks ago:
Jean Schmidt & Adolph Hitler versus Dave Krikorian & Ronald Reagan at the Ohio Elections Commission (OEC)
Now this story has been picked up by the: Washington Post; LA Times; MSNBC; and virtually every major and small paper in the entire county. So I decided to have a closer look at the public record of this case to see if there is anything the media is not telling us.
Yesterday at the Ohio Elections Commission David Krikorian submitted a defense in OEC case 2009E 003. His defense (which is now part of the public record) included an interesting email:
Dear Turkish American Community,
2008 is the election year. We, TURKISH-AMERICANS, have to remain alert and keep educating members of the Congress on this and many other issues that we care about. Most importantly, we have to show our own political representatives that we EXIST and that we are a force to be reckoned with.
I urge you to show your continuous support to the Turkish American Friends: Congressman Dan Burton (IN) and Congresswoman Jean Schmidt (OH) with your generous contributions.
PLEASE SUPPORT GREAT TURKISH-AMERICAN FRIEND: CONGRESSWOMAN JEAN SCHMIDT
You are cordially invited to a Turkish American Luncheon Reception honoring CONGRESSWOMAN JEAN SCHMIDT (Republican- Ohio/2nd District)
Monday, February 18, 2008 1:00 – 2:30 pm
1 Levee Wy Ste 1112
Newport, Kentucky 41071
RSVP by Friday, February 15, 2008, to
Ahmet Gultekin, argmd@yahoo. com
Congresswoman Schmidt is one of the few members of congress who actually read Guenter Lewy's book about the genocide and is one of the few members of congress who actually doesn't believe that it was genocide. An Armenian American is running against her in the election because she opposes the resolution. We have a member of congress from Ohio who is willing to stand up to the Armenian lobby, and it is important for the Turkish American community to support her.
Make donation online: http://www.jeanschm idt.com/
Please let the organizer know your contribution by via email so he can update our list accordingly.
The key part of this email is: “Congresswoman Schmidt is one of the few members of congress who actually read Guenter Lewy's book about the genocide and is one of the few members of congress who actually doesn't believe that it was genocide.”
So, the Turks are asking for money because Schmidt “does not believe that it was a genocide.” Sounds like Krikorian was right on the money when he accused Schmidt of taking money to deny the Genocide.
Another really interesting part of the defense included references to this report: http://www.splcenter.org/intel/intelreport/article.jsp?aid=935
It looks like there is a much larger effort on the part of the Turkish propaganda machine and once again Krikorian was correct when he called Jean Schmidt a “puppet” of this effort.
The best part of the above article is the conclusion:
“But as the saying goes, a lie isn't the other side of any story. It's just a lie.” "When it comes to the historical reality of the Armenian genocide, there is no 'Armenian' or 'Turkish' side of the question, any more than there is a 'Jewish' or 'German' side of the historical reality of the Holocaust," writes Torben Jorgensen, of the Danish Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. "There is a scientific side and an unscientific side — acknowledgement or denial."”
I’m sure there will be more to come in this case (I'm still reading the public record and there is much more to share), and I’m sure as we approach the final hearing more and more people will realize how guilty Jean Schmidt really is in this case