There's a very interesting independent movie on the subject. I had to do some clearance work on it for defamation issues a little over a year ago, so I watched the whole thing, but it ended up getting some decent press. the woman who made it is Armenian and also just a really nice lady. It was done in conjunction with System of a Down and is pretty well-done. It's obviously biased but it's still a good movie for those who are interested.
Marie, you might be particularly interested in it if you haven't seen it.
although i'm not sure how you'd get a hold of it, not sure it is available on DVD or anything.
The whole thing is indescribable, and it just seems so ridiculous to not pass a symbolic resolution. But at the same time, we live in such a tricky world where all the implications have to be considered and I don't really blame people who are afraid of upsetting Turkey.
The unfortunate thing about this is that not enough is being made to seperate this horrible piece of history from the current Turkish government. No one alive is responsible for what happened in 1915, and I don't think any of these resolutions aim to blame Turkey for it. I think the ultimate goal is a more accurate historical record and I wish there was some way for the Turkish government to come to terms with it so that this annual struggle could end and everyone involved could move on to other things. Germany seems to have been able to do this, if I'm not mistaken.
The problem is, and I think you've said it yourself, is that the current Turkish Government refuses to recognize it. So it is hard to separate it. Even if the people who caused it are no longer alive, one can't help but think the thoughts that caused it still are. When you see a country like Germany, which is so conscious of distancing itself from what happened, instead of denying it and maintaining that hostility, it has accepted it and used it as a positive, to educate its people and to promote tolerance. Of course, the US made horrific mistakes with Native Americans and it may not be explored properly in textbooks, but we don't deny our past, there is not a mass governmental denial of what happened. They may be insufficient, but things have been done to at least attempt to remedy it. From my limited knowledge, it seems that Turkey has no interest in doing any of this, let alone even admitting on a base level that this happened. And I believe this plays a humongous role in why this issue is still so contentious. If the Turkish Government could just admit it, accept it, and move on, the US Government wouldn't have to be afraid of upsetting it.
Obviously the issue is very sad and complex especially with so many awful things going on right now in Africa. It's all just saddening and there are no easy answers