During World War I, 1.5 million Armenians died in Turkey while being relocated. Turkey says that the tragedy was due to war-time shortages. Turkey adamantly rejects claims that the deaths were deliberate. In fact, anyone in Turkey making such claims is prosecuted. Now, the Democrats in the House are debating a resolution that declares the deaths to be "genocide." Why bring this up now, almost a century later? CNN provides the answer:
The Pentagon says 70 percent of the military's cargo heading into Iraq either flies into or over Turkey.Turkey's cooperation is also necessary for resolving border issues between Turkey and Iraq's Kurdish population.