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Congressional prattle

| Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2007

We should all be thankful that we live in a country that is so content and well-off that its Congress can spend its time worrying about an alleged genocide in Armenia that occurred half a world away 92 years ago and had nothing to do with us ("House panel OKs genocide resolution: Turkey rejects Armenian claims and says U.S. claims would harm ties," Oct. 11 and PghTrib.com).

Lest the House's nonbinding resolution be misinterpreted, Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, "This has nothing to do with the Erdogan government (of Turkey) but with the Ottoman Empire."

Since injustice has no statute of limitations, I see no reason why this grave moralizing be restricted to an empire that breathed its last in 1923.

What about the Persian Empire• The forefathers of that wretch Ahmedinejad killed untold numbers in ancient Greece -- the birthplace of all the world's democracies -- and the U.S. Congress has never once weighed in on the matter.

There is not even one subcommittee in our Congress permanently devoted to these concerns as they prattle on about health care and Iraq and illegal immigration and blah, blah, blah.

Bob Simeone

Shadyside

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