The Honorable Donald J. Trump President of the United States of America The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Washington, DC 20500
Re: The recognition of the Assyrian, Greek and Armenian genocide of 1915
Dear President Donald Trump:
We the signers of this letter appreciate having the opportunity to address you, the President of the United States.
We are requesting that you lead the way in establishing national recognition of the 1915 genocide carried out against Assyrians, Armenians and Greeks.
It is wonderful that forty-eight (48) of the United States have officially recognized the Armenian genocide. They failed, however, to include the Assyrian and Greek genocides. Furthermore, there has never been an official declaration by the head of our nation recognizing these three genocides. It is time for the United States of America to officially recognize the 1915 genocide carried out against the Assyrians, Armenians and Greeks by the Ottoman Turks and their Kurdish allies.
As you know, April 24 is the yearly anniversary of remembrance of the Armenian genocide. President Ronald Reagan called it a genocide. Contrarily, President Barak Obama promised to officially recognize the mass killings as genocide when running for the Presidency, then once in office he weakened the truth by using the Armenian term “Meds Yeghem”, which means calamity.
Perpetrators that commit genocide often attempt to whitewash their crimes against humanity by using the phrase, so-called genocide. It must become known that the great nation of America will call such practices by their rightful name — evil genocide!
Assyrians call the genocide of 1915 Seyfo, which means the sword. The reason they call it the sword is that the perpetrators used the Seyfo as a weapon for the killings. We are asking you to use the terms Seyfo and Genocide in your statement on April 24 despite the fact that Turkey is a US ally and a NATO member. This must not be used as a cover for the historic crimes of Turkey against humanity.
Assyrian Genocide and Research Center (Seyfo Center) can provide you with facts and statistics upon request. The contact information is at the end of this letter.
What is the value of your leading the United States in officially recognizing the Assyrian, Greek and Armenian genocide carried out by the Ottoman Turks in 1915?
It greatly lifts the hearts of millions whose families perished in the genocide. It brings proper recognition to what happened to their ancestors, much like the family of a fallen soldier needs to have their son or daughter honored by recognition. It helps ease the sense of futility. Such recognition helps establish a sense of worth and dignity to the survivors.
It puts nations that would consider such a dastardly act on notice that the world is watching, and that the United States of America will expose their evil.
It can help prevent future crimes against humanity. All nations must learn that to wipe out a family is as evil as wiping out a village, and wiping out a village is as evil as wiping out a nation.
Mr. President, over one hundred years have come and gone since Assyrians, Armenians and Greeks were stacked on large piles of bodies to be dumped into obscure mass graves. The perpetrators hoped these people would be forgotten so that they could rewrite a false narrative of history, one that contains lies that flatter themselves.
Please do not let this continue under your watch. Be the courageous leader who sets the moral and lawful standard for the world, letting all know that it is unacceptable to disregard the value of God’s highest creation — mankind — in order to advance a religion or political agenda.
We sincerely hope, as do millions of Assyrians, Armenians and Greeks who have descended from genocide survivors around the world that you will take this opportunity to call what occurred in 1915 by its rightful name — genocide! Please recognize the Assyrian, Greek and Armenian genocide for the sake of justice.
Sabri Atman Assyrian Genocide and Research Center, Founder Seyfo Center: www.seyfocenter.com P.O. Box 800783 Santa Clarita, California 91380 US
Dr. Ron Susek Susek Evangelistic Association, President www.seaministries.org P.O. Box 3007 Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 10325 US
\ã-'sir-é-ä\ n (1998)
1: an ancient empire of Ashur
2: a democratic state in Bet-Nahren, Assyria (northern
Iraq, northwestern Iran, southeastern Turkey and eastern Syria.)
a democratic state that fosters the social and political rights to all of
its inhabitants irrespective of their religion, race, or gender
4: a democratic state that believes in the freedom of
religion, conscience, language, education and culture in faithfulness to the
principles of the United Nations Charter —
Ethnicity, Religion, Language
Israeli, Jewish, Hebrew
Assyrian, Christian, Aramaic
Saudi Arabian, Muslim, Arabic
\ã-'sir-é-an\ adj or n (1998)
1: descendants of the ancient empire of Ashur
2: the Assyrians, although representing but one single
nation as the direct heirs of the ancient Assyrian Empire, are now
doctrinally divided, inter sese, into five principle
ecclesiastically designated religious sects with their corresponding
hierarchies and distinct church governments, namely, Church of the
East, Chaldean, Maronite, Syriac Orthodox and Syriac Catholic.
These formal divisions had their origin in the 5th century of the
Christian Era. No one can coherently understand the Assyrians
as a whole until he can distinguish that which is religion or church
from that which is nation -- a matter which is particularly
difficult for the people from the western world to understand; for
in the East, by force of circumstances beyond their control,
religion has been made, from time immemorial, virtually into a
criterion of nationality.
the Assyrians have been referred to as Aramaean, Aramaye, Ashuraya,
Ashureen, Ashuri, Ashuroyo, Assyrio-Chaldean, Aturaya, Chaldean,
Chaldo, ChaldoAssyrian, ChaldoAssyrio, Jacobite, Kaldany, Kaldu,
Kasdu, Malabar, Maronite, Maronaya, Nestorian, Nestornaye, Oromoye,
Suraya, Syriac, Syrian, Syriani, Suryoye, Suryoyo and Telkeffee. —
1: a Semitic language which became the lingua franca of
the Middle East during the ancient Assyrian empire.
2: has been referred to as Neo-Aramaic, Neo-Syriac, Classical
Syriac, Syriac, Suryoyo, Swadaya and Turoyo.