UPDATE: Via Andrew Sullivan, here's a couple of people who disagree with this approach. First, David Boaz:
As the great grandson of genocide survivors, the grandson of genocide historians, and the son of Armenian repatriates — though writing, I’m afraid, without the sanction of the generations — I am insulted by that sticker. That Congress “finds” the genocide to be a fact makes the tragedy no more real than its refusal, so far, has made it unreal. Truth does not need a permission slip from the state.
And now, Rod Dreher:
Not everything that's true needs to be said, or said by Congress. I think we've learned a lot this decade about what can happen when the US acts on moral idealism without fully thinking through the real-world consequences.
As to Dan, no, truth does not need a permission slip. But neither should a statement of truth be so easily dismissed out of self-serving political interests. The circumstances were different yes, but let's remember that political calculation is also what made it difficult for the Clinton administration to admit that genocide was taking place in Rwanda.
As to Rod, I think we should avoid engaging in hyperbole. A statement that the Armenian Genocide was in fact genocide is not nearly the same as invading other countries premised on humanitarian motivations. True, the sad spectacle of Iraq and our unwillingness to admit to the world our own base motives for invasion, make it extremely difficult for America to speak with moral authority on matters like the crushing of dissent in Burma or the Turks unwillingness to admit to their own unpleasant history. But neither shall we begin to make up for such awful mistakes as Iraq by maintaining a convenient silence.
In permitting this resolution to go forward, we are not asking the Turks to make reparations for the genocide. We are not asking them to apologize. We are not asking them to repatriate long-ago dislocated Armenians. We are stating a simple truth. It is up to the Turks to decide what they wish to make of that.