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First Amendment Follies

Jen Sorensen
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Hey you, citizen, shut up!

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  1. ebdoug wrote:

    Along with this, you could go back 100 years to Wilson and the Armenian Christian Genocide by the Muslims in Turkey (On which Hitler based his Genocide). The American people overwhelmingly wanted to help the Armenians stay alive a develop their own country. OVERWHELMINGLY.
    Big Bad Boy Oil came along with the advent of automobiles. The Armenians became swept under the rug in favor of the big oil companies. Suddenly Turkey after the “Young Turks” who engineered the Genocide of 1915, became our best friend as they had the oil fields. By then the Republicans had gotten back into power. Almighty dollar was their only God.

    Sunday, August 10, 2014 at 10:58 am | Permalink
  2. ThatGuy wrote:

    You could go back a lot further than that. The Greek Revolution (~1820-1832, I think) was also overwhelmingly supported by Americans because it fit our own story of breaking away from an empire, but even before oil, trade with the Ottoman Empire was incredibly important to the US economy, so the government did nothing while the Greek diaspora and other idealistic democrats in the US (and Europe) funneled money to the Greek rebels. All this despite the fact that the US had launched wars against Ottoman regencies only 5 years before over, you guessed it, trade.

    Sunday, August 10, 2014 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

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