I vowed that I wouldn't comment on national ratshit, but this is a point that needs to be made.
The brand-R rats are busily screeching at the brand-D rats for their 'treasonous' symbolic condemnation of Turkey. According to brand-R, Turkey is our great and wonderful ally, and the symbolic condemnation of Turkey's Armenian genocide has suddenly turned Turkey into an enemy. Nonsense. Turkey has never been our friend.
Turkey didn't allow us to cross its airspace at the moment when it would have helped us, at the start of the Iraq war. Turkey thus aborted "Shock and Awe", leaving it as a meaningless fireworks show. Now that we've accomplished the one thing we needed to accomplish (killed Saddam) this war is only destroying us. So Turkey's "cooperation" at this point is actually a passive-aggressive enemy action, helping Bush to use up our money and military for a totally counterproductive end.
If Turkey were in fact a great friend and ally, it wouldn't have massed its own forces on the border waiting to invade Kurdistan, and it wouldn't send those forces in at the drop of a symbolic resolution. This action shows us clearly and unmistakably the true status and position of Turkey. Seeing clearly is good.
Meanwhile, Bush is meeting with the Dalai Lama, a symbolic act of unity with Tibetan Buddhists, and a symbolic slap at our enemy China.
Which of these offensive symbolic gestures is good and which is bad?
Both are good.
It's ALWAYS good for us to express solidarity with ethnic groups that our enemies are oppressing. The countries that like us best are not our "allies" such as Turkey or Egypt, where we've spent billions to prop up bad governments. We are most appreciated in places like Albania and Latvia, where we maintained cultural contact and support of oppressed people while countering their oppressors, even weakly and ineffectively.
So the brand-D resolution against Turkey, and Bush's meeting with the Dalai Lama, are both in the best American tradition.
Shame on the brand-R talkers for missing this basic point.