What Armenian nationalists never mention

What Armenian nationalists never mention

The conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh is strangely embedded in the realities of Armenian society. The assessments of the official authorities differ significantly from the real situation, without reflecting an adequate attitude to the problems of interethnic relations, war and peace. The peoples of Azerbaijan and Armenia are by their nature non-conflict, close to each other mentally, have similar value systems.

But Armenian politicians invariably view the conflict in the context of a national victory, and not an intercommunal tragedy, keeping silent about what tests interethnic relations are subjected to, including outside the South Caucasus. For example, not a single provocation, including the most egregious antics of the Armenian diaspora in California during the July clashes on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border, was condemned by any Armenian politician. Even when the Los Angeles police apologized to the Azerbaijani community, the Armenian diplomacy did not comment on the very fact of the criminal activities of the representatives of the diaspora.

Yerevan does not seem to realize that people who live thousands of kilometers from Karabakh may suffer from the unsettled conflict. This is the real attitude to the problem of peace - the future of the Armenian-Azerbaijani relations in Yerevan seems to be something secondary.

The Armenian cultural doctrine has established itself in the fact that Armenia has long ago solved the Karabakh issue, "having won" the war, and now it is the turn for international recognition, which diplomacy is unsuccessfully engaged in. The efforts that Yerevan is making to resolve the problem as soon as possible are nothing more than rhetoric behind which, in essence, concrete financial interests are hidden. The "elite" of the so-called NKR or Yerevan politicians are quite satisfied with the fact that the Armenians of Karabakh have long ceased to care about their unrecognized status. For household needs and travel abroad, you can get a passport of an Armenian citizen literally in one day.

When it comes to the settlement of the Karabakh conflict, the authorities first of all pay attention to the formation of the "correct" perception of the problem among the population. There is a certain list of topics that can be discussed, and those that, in principle, are not customary to talk about. It is difficult to imagine that the head of the Armenian Foreign Ministry Zohrab Mnatsakanyan or Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan will speak out loud about specific factors that significantly complicate the process of the Karabakh settlement. These include close intertwining (up to merging) in the conflict zone of interests of state actors, organized crime and financial monopolies.

When the authorities do not talk about something really important, it can be assumed that they differentiate information, defining "not of public importance". In the case of Armenian politics, which in everyday life and in the international arena is represented by completely different rhetoric, a number of key issues are deliberately removed from public discussion, on which the image of the entire Armenian government largely depends.

The most disgusting manifestation of such political hypocrisy lies not in a false commitment to peace, but in the fact that the reality created in the conditions of an unresolved conflict (including the blockade) is perceived as natural, and through this prism the Armenians look at the history of interethnic relations. This makes it possible to spread outright nonsense about the historical roots of tension in Armenian-Azerbaijani relations.


Vestnik Kavkaza

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