I know you are all anxious for my reaction to the US Congress' intention to declare the killing of Armenians at the beginning of the last century a "genocide". When the French talk about the Armenian Genocide (using capital letters to make it official), I am not surprised: it's a deep-rooted feeling in the French psyche that is anti-Turkish and anti-Muslim, and as insidiously evil in its way as antisemitism. When the US Congress does it, I can only think there is a powerful Armenian lobby in the US that is doing some behind-the-scenes armtwisting. During the bloody conflict when so many Armenians died, about the same number of Turks died too, but the trouble with a fact like that is that it gets uncomfortably in the way of a comfortable prejudice.
I remember hearing a story when I was a boy about a victory parade at the end of WWII when various regiments marched through the town. Two bystanders watched as one after another came round the corner. At one point, the Jewish Regiment appeared, but only a very small number of soldiers. "Not many Jews fought in the War," remarked one. Then the rest of the Jewish Regiment, having been temporarily held up, came round the corner, making up a full regiment. "Not many Jews killed in the War," remarked the other.
As I say, one should never let the truth get in the way of a perfectly good prejudice.