Los Angeles Times

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The Los Angeles Times published a lengthy and hard-hitting editorial on March 22, 2006 titled: "It was genocide." It said: "the State Dept. has long avoided the word ‘genocide,’ not out of any dispute over history but out of deference to Turkey…. It is time to stop tiptoeing around this issue and to accept settled history…. Punishing an ambassador for speaking honestly about a 90-year-old crime befits a cynical, double-dealing monarchy, not the leader of the free world." The editorial concluded: "One day, the country that was founded as a direct repudiation of its Ottoman past will face its history squarely, as part of a long-overdue maturing process. Some day before then, we hope, the State Dept. will too."