The United States involvementPaper Rating: Word Count: 770 Approx Pages: 3
The United States involvement or inaction regarding the attempt
to exterminate the Armenians, The Holocaust, and Biological and
Chemical weapons testing during WWII.
1.) The Turkish Massacre of the Armenians
Although reports of the massacre of the Armenians by the Turks had been confirmed on several occasions to U.S. officials by American Ambassador Henry Morganthau, ("I earnestly beg the department to give this matter urgent and exhaustive consideration ¦..It is difficult for me to restrain myself form doing something to stop this attempt to exterminate a race ¦ ) The Wilson administration still held that the United States was determined to remain neutral in the war. Wilson did not want the public to be stirred with news of the atrocities and demand U.S. involvement. He did not formally protest because the Turks had not violated the rights of the American people, (Power 5). Despite recognition by the New York Times on several occasions no effort was made to attempt to help the Armenians, and the United States would eventually join the war, and still did not break off relations with Turkey. Turkey would eventually break ties with the Unites States.
There are innumerable instances in the holocaust era that the United States could have changed the course of history and quite possibly prevented the massacre of the European Jewry. Although some instances where this was possible might seem like minute pieces of history, it could be concluded that had these instances of racism and inaction been avoided then the actions taken against those victim of the Holocaust could have been lessened at the very least.
The most important chance to save some of Europe's Jews passed when they still had a chance to leave. Before the Nazi's quit allowing Jews to escape, they had a chance to seek refuge in other countries. But America, whose immigration laws were very strict at the t