Rand Paul Introduces Bill To Save Armenian Christians

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced legislation this week that would prevent the Biden administration from supplying fighter jets to Turkey, which supports the killing of Armenian Christians.

The bill, Senate Joint Resolution 60 (SJR60), is “a joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval of the proposed foreign military sale to the Government of Turkiye of certain defense articles and services.”

The legislation would stop the U.S. from selling F-16 military fighter jets to the Turkish government. The jets would be used to support Azerbaijan’s genocidal campaign against Armenian Christians.

The Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) praised the proposed bill, noting that Turkey was “in violation of US and NATO restrictions.”

Tens of thousands of Armenians have fled the Nagorno-Karabakh area after the Islamic nation of Azerbaijan began its attack in 2020. Though the area is recognized as belonging to Azerbaijan, the vast majority of the population is Armenian.

According to a 2019 report by the U.S. State Department, the Armenian population is over 90% Christian. Armenians proudly call their country “the first Christian nation,” dating back to the fourth century.

In July 2023, former Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback called Azerbaijan’s invasion of Armenia an attempt at “religious cleansing” of the Christian country, warning that the U.S. needs to intervene.

“Azerbaijan, with Turkey’s backing, is really slowly strangling Nagorno-Karabakh,” Brownback said. “They’re working to make it unlivable so that the region’s Armenian-Christian population is forced to leave, that’s what’s happening on the ground.”

He added that if the U.S. did not intervene in the conflict, “we will see again another ancient Christian population forced out of its homeland.

Though Turkey and Azerbaijan have denied committing genocide against the Armenians, many observers agree that the Islamic nations are trying to eliminate the Christian group.
Previously, President Joe Biden was the first U.S. president to recognize the genocide of the Armenian people. However, Biden waived Section 907 of the Freedom Support Act, which allowed the U.S. to provide military assistance to Azerbaijan.

According to Big League Politics, Biden plans to sell $23 billion worth of F-16s to Turkey.