Turkey's sensitivity over the Armenian genocide

To the editor: The genocide of the Armenians 100 years ago is a well-known historical catastrophe. ("On Armenian genocide, go ahead and offend Turkey," op-ed, April 15) Peter Balakian states that President Obama spoke out against the use of threats by a foreign power to inhibit free speech in the United States. Turkey is a valuable ally threatening to close U.S. military bases in that country if Congress passes a simple nonbinding statement acknowledging the events of 1915 as genocide. Balakian lauds Pope Francis for acknowledging the historical significance of the Armenian genocide, stating that the pope refused to be intimidated by Turkey. The pope does not have the...