After the Karabakh war: can Armenia move away from the edge of the mental abyss
In a recent article for Vestnik Kavkaza, Doctor of Technical Sciences, Professor of the Russian State Geological Prospecting University named after Sergo Ordzhonikidze, Academician, Vice-President of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, Honorary Oilman of the Russian Federation, Honorary Inventor of the Russian Federation, Azizag Khanbaba oglu Shakhverdiev, assessed some aspects of the information conflict after the end of the Second Karabakh War. Here he analyzes the mental characteristics that prevent the speedy normalization of the situation in the region.
Professor of the University of Michigan, senior adviser to the President of Armenia in 1994-1997, Zhirayr Liparitan, speaking about the peculiarities of the Armenian mentality, noted: “To what degree of irresponsibility can one descend to protect that cherished mentality that makes us feel good, but brings only harm ; a mentality that knows how to cope with defeat but not victory, a mentality that has infected the failed dictator Kocharian, despot Sargsyan and democrat Pashinyan. Such an accurate, professional assessment of the two presidents of Armenia, who came from the mountainous part of Karabakh, who imagined themselves to be the rulers of the destinies of the world Armenians and “Great Armenia.
Armenian human rights activist Georgy Vanyan rightly notes on this: “The war revealed all the artificiality of nationalist propaganda, it is no longer possible to close our eyes to the fact that for many years thieves and racketeers robbed the country and insolently manipulated the people, forcing them to believe in fairy tales that we were victorious, an exceptional people, endowed from birth with some kind of ancient culture. "
I just want to add to this that now it is necessary to bring the aberration of the historical and social consciousness of the zombified part of the Armenian people back to normal. That is, everyone should understand: Armenians are no better and no worse than others, they are also born, live a short life and leave for another world. So let's dispense with imitating American exceptionalism and Armenian mythology.
Why did the Armenian intellectuals suddenly pay such close attention to the Armenian mentality, or rather to its flaws? I will try to share some considerations. The deviation from the norm of the historical and social consciousness of many Armenians occurred through the transformation of the mentality of each individual into a collective mentality. At the same time, the attributes that make up the content of the mentality were too simplified and crystallized due to a specific monocultural code, a separate direction of the Monophysite church and religion, a closed environment designed only for "friends", neglect and intolerance of "aliens." This also includes several imposed complexes and phobias such as existential fear, physiological incompatibility with Azerbaijanis, in combination with a complex of narcissism. The "purebred" nature of the collective environment sharply raises the internal mutual threshold of trust, which always causes dissatisfaction with all those around who are outside this field of trust.
The collective mentality of the Armenian ethnos has a limitation, in contrast to the Russian or Azerbaijani, or other international people. The mono-national code contracts to the point of attraction - to the attractor, and being self-sufficient, it becomes limited in development, easily controlled or manipulated from the outside. The international code, on the contrary, due to the diversity of the mentality of individuals and collective mentality, diverges from the point of development and functions on the basis of a regularly updated social agreement between the carriers of various individual mentality. Of course, this is a complex process that requires the age-old wisdom of all participants in this internationalization process.
Azerbaijani multiculturalism influences the international essence of the individual's mentality, provides multi-confessional freedom, easily adapts the culture of life and, as a rule, keeps social justice under public control. Thus, the formation of a free people takes place. I dare to recall the statement of the French thinker Nicola de Chamfort Sebastian-Roca: "The history of free peoples is the only subject worthy of the attention of a historian; the history of peoples oppressed by despots is just a collection of anecdotes." For clarity, I recommend one copy from this "collection of jokes" on the topic of the day, which is already walking on social networks: "God sent Adam and Eve to the ground, and there under a tree the Armenians are sitting and wrapping dolma. Adam says:" Lord, who is this? " The Lord replies: "I don't know, they were here before me ..." "
This is the whole quintessence of Armenian myths, claims and appeals - it must certainly be recognized that the Armenians are "the first in everything, the best in everything, ancient in everything, early in everything, well, all the wonders of the world, of course, are the hands of the Armenians."
Here the age-old question arises: "What's next?"
First, there is always an acceptable solution - this is voluntary adherence to the law and obedience to the rule of law, and not before field commanders: Kocharyans, Sargsyans and other war criminals. Strict fulfillment of all the orders of the Russian peacekeeping forces temporarily in Nagorno-Karabakh and the joint Turkish-Russian ceasefire control center will ensure complete security in the post-conflict region for everyone who is going to live there.
Secondly, summing up the results of the 30-year Karabakh war is the main historical act for the entire world community, especially if we take into account the four resolutions of the UN Security Council ignored by Armenia demanding the liberation of the occupied lands of Azerbaijan. It is obvious that the assessment of the lessons of the war cannot be considered complete and fair without convening an international military tribunal over war criminals who committed genocide against civilians and demonstrative vandalism in the occupied lands of Azerbaijan.
Thirdly, after the Second World War, the world community witnessed the summing up and legal assessment of the war crimes of the fascists at the Nuremberg military tribunal organized by the countries of the winners. After the Balkan War, the world witnessed a legal assessment of the war crimes investigated by the Hague Tribunal. Everyone got what they deserved. Now the convocation of an international military tribunal on the Karabakh wars is more relevant than ever. This is extremely important for the South Caucasus, for Armenia itself, so that it will not be manipulated in the future by playing the Armenian card again. Russia, the legal successor of the USSR, being a federal state, by definition has potential centers of separatism, therefore it should also be interested in the establishment of a military tribunal. Vaccination as a military tribunal would act like a cold shower on all potential participants in conflicts.
It is fundamentally important for Baku to achieve a decision of the tribunal over war criminals, since everything took place on the torn land of Azerbaijan. Since the civilian population was mostly affected, Azerbaijan, as a victorious country, is obliged to achieve the punishment of war criminals. Even if it somehow proves impossible to arrest convicted war criminals, whom patrons can hide, the judgment must be announced publicly.
After the delimitation and demarcation of borders with Azerbaijan and mutual recognition of the sovereignty and inviolability of the borders recognized by the world community, if you like, Armenia can engage in its own glorification and creation of "Great Armenia", but within its own state borders.
Only after the triumph of law and order will everything enter a civilized channel, the Karabakh Armenians - citizens of Azerbaijan, will live a peaceful and safe life, and they will be able to live not only in Karabakh, but also in any other places of Azerbaijan, like all representatives of this international state.