Author Shalala Hasanova
A carpet allegedly woven by Armenian children orphaned during the “genocide” will be displayed at the White House Visitor Center on November 18- 23, Armenian media report.
This show began in 1925, when US President Calvin Coolidge was presented a carpet allegedly made by Armenian orphans in the city of Ghazir (formerly Syria, now Lebanon), “in recognition of the humanitarian aid of the American people to the displaced Armenian orphans” “during the Armenian genocide”. This whole farce causes a cascade of questions. Where did these orphans emerge, and why is there not a single picture showing them weaving the carpet?
We should note that today Armenians are trying to fill this gap and they have already posted a fake picture on the Internet. It says “East Kurdistan” and shows teenagers and their masters at the carpet weaving machines. First, on what grounds can one prove that these are Armenian orphans?
Second, what does the Iranian region of East Kurdistan have in common with the city of Ghazir, where allegedly the carpet was woven by orphans – “victims of the genocide” in Turkey? Let us go further. Any carpet weaving specialist without batting an eye would say that the carpet of such a size and performance cannot be woven by children. It is obvious that it was woven by professionals, based on the composition of the Tabriz school of carpet weaving.
After it was shown to President Coolidge, the carpet sat around for years in a warehouse of the White House with no access to the public presentation. In the meantime, throughout the subsequent 90 years, the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) has been trying to position it as a symbol of the victims of the “Armenian genocide” and have it displayed among the historical relics in the United States. But the carpet never reached that status. For this reason, in December 2013, the White House blocked a plan of the ANCA to display the carpet at the Smithsonian Institution – the world’s largest museum and research complex.
Here’s what an authoritative platform the Armenians aimed at, so as to introduce the scientific and political establishment with a new symbol of the fictitious genocide. Having another fiasco, they again kicked off the speculative grumbling, accusing the US of appeasing Turkey. But the White House told them plainly that the refusal is not associated with the political considerations, but with the rules on historical items.
The discourse of the events was changed by the “heavy artillery” in the face of pro-Armenian congressmen, among whom Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) is conspicuously active. This is the most corrupt US Congressman from California, who in October 2009 acted jointly with four pro-Armenian congressmen against the establishment of a commission of historians to study the events of 1915 in the Ottoman Empire.
The very next day after the rejection of the White House, the Armenian media widely disseminated a statement by Schiff on plans to hold an event dedicated to the carpet on the Capitol Hill to test the administration. He hoped that the White House still would get the “carpet – the tangible evidence of the genocide” from the warehouse. It was in December of 2013.
Late in October 2014, the same Schiff announced important news for the ANCA that the Armenian orphan carpet will be shown in the White House Visitor Center on 18-23 November. It is obvious that this is not the format US Armenians dreamt of. The doors of the sturdy Smithsonian Institution remained closed to them. Yet they seemed to be given the chance to put carpet “evidence of the genocide” in the public eye.
So here’s what happens: ANCA and the White House paint the same event in a radically different colors. For the White House, the carpet is just a “reminder of the close relationship between the people of Armenia and the United States”. That’s why there was a place for it in the exhibition titled ” Thank you to the United States: Three gifts to Presidents in Gratitude for American Generosity Abroad”. In other words, within the PR campaign to support the political image of the US, the public will be presented with three gifts to the three American presidents.
These are – the carpet of the Armenian orphans to President Coolidge, a Sevres vase from the children of France to President Herbert Hoover, and Flowering Branches in Lucite which were sent to President Obama in recognition of American support of the people of Japan after the devastating earthquake and tsunami in 2010.
In the meantime, Armenians already publicly regard the display of the carpet as a direct recognition of the “Armenian genocide” by the White House. An article by Los Angeles Times on October 15, 2014 is entitled precisely “White House plans exhibition of rug linked to Armenian genocide”.
It follows that the Armenian National Committee of America actually imposes a new maxim on the White House that Schiff called “a powerful symbol of the American generosity to the victims of the Armenian genocide”. It’s no coincidence that titles of the Armenian media articles put the question bluntly – “Exhibition of the Armenian carpet in the USA – worth it to expect the recognition of the genocide?”
Is the White House ready for this turn of events? Does the administration have experts who can sort through the Armenian technology of flogging falsifications? And most importantly, do Turkey and Azerbaijan have the resources to stop the aggressive march of the Ghaziri carpet downstage of the pre-anniversary genocidal insinuations?
Will the Turkish Foundation to Fight Unfounded Accusations of Genocide (ASİMED) take action? Will the Gebard Group public relations company, which at one time was able to put into circulation a pamphlet “A Call to Wisdom”, containing the facts of denial of “the Armenian genocide” react? These are yet rhetorical questions, but they urgently require surgical intervention in the course of the events. There is very little time to go until November 18…