Friday, October 13, 2006

OK, my first political post!

It's a bit of a tempest in a teapot, since there's a good chance it will never be confirmed by Senate, but much has been made of the French legislature's motion to make it a crime to deny that the WWI-era Armenian massacre was a genocide.

I'm no fan of these laws - I find all they do is make it harder to identify the idiots. Turkey has rightly pointed out that the law seems to be aimed at throwing up further roadblocks to their EU membership.

"Turkish-French relations, which have been meticulously developed over the centuries, took a severe blow today through the irresponsible initiatives of some short-sighted French politicians, based on unfounded allegations," the Turkish foreign ministry said.

Irresponsible? Short-sighted? Good thing France doesn't have a law that makes it a crime to "insult Frenchness."

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