Daily Show: US forgets past atrocities in exchange for help in the war on terror
The Daily Show on Thursday took up President Bush's promise to veto a non-binding Congressional resolution condemning the Armenian Genocide. "This resolution is not the right response to these historic mass killings," Bush stated.
"What is the right response to historic mass killings?" asked Stewart. "Historic mass flowers?"
"To be fair," Stewart went on, "Bush is but the latest in a long line of presidents to placate Turkey by downplaying the whole Death of 1.5 Million Armenians thing. But this is a particularly delicate time."
He then played a clip of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice saying, "The passage of this resolution at this time would indeed be very problematic for everything that we are trying to do in the Middle East."
"Question," said Stewart, raising his hand like a reporter at a news conference. "Uh, what are we trying to do in the Middle East?"
Stewart then turned to "senior Armeniologist" Aasif Mandvi, who told him, "I think the message here is clear. You help us with the war on terror. We'll see what we can do about your past."
"It's not a bad deal, actually," Mandvi continued. "When Spain joined the coalition, they were able to get their Inquisition downgraded to a casual Q&A."
Mandvi told Stewart that Turkey really might withdraw its support for the Iraq War over the resolution. "If Congress had known the bill they had drafted would have real-world consequences, they'd never have let it get this far," he stated. "The last thing this Congress wants is to do anything that might impact policy -- or people -- or things."
Stewart and Mandvi further noted that Congress has formally apologized to Japanese-Americans for the World War II internment camps and to Hawaii for overthrowing its queen. But slavery and Indian genocide, not so much.
The following video is from Comedy Central's The Daily Show, broadcast on October 11, 2007.