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Saboteurs or Hostages: The Hastag Wars #SaveAzeHostages vs. #AzeSaboteurs

it amuses me to no end to read hashtag wars concerning any topic, but when it’s about 2 men clearly coming onto Artsakh (Karabakh) territory and, according to Armenian sources, killed 2 and wounding one, I must say that the Azerbaijani claims are perfectly laughable. When near every post admits those men were captured on “occupied” territory, one must begin to question the level of brainwashing in that hostile nation. Now, you will notice that I used words like “claim” and “occupied” and this is not because I actually believe it’s but a claim or Armenians have occupied the territory, but simply for niceties sake. After all, it’s always good to give one the benefit of a doubt.

Suppose they did not come into Armenian lands to kill, steal, or take back information to their commanders. Suppose they are the innocent villagers  claims them to be. They most certainly were on land that doesn’t currently belong to them, coming in from a country that instills hostility in its people towards the people living in the independent state, and they wouldn’t have come in just for a stroll about the grounds. I’m not sure if it takes a rocket scientist to figure this one out, but no matter what they were doing, they had to pass a border that’s closely guarded by the army (meaning they knew where they may have been openings, how to skirt around the security and exactly where to go once in. And then there’s the whole issue of the dead teenager, the dead soldier and the wounded mother of 2. Suppose they didn’t do it, that they truly were there to visit dead relatives’ graves. I don’t know about you, but that sounds a little absurd to me.

For a look into the fake profiles and the beginning of this particular hashtag war, check out this post by Katy Pearce. Hits the nail on the head as always.

Shahbaz Quliyev, 46, and Dilham Askerov, 54, are charged with murder, espionage, illegal border crossing, and illegal weapons possession. The trial began in Stepanakert on October 27. There had been a 3rd in the group but he was killed during the sabotage attempt in the summer, when the three came in through Qarvachar. The body of the third was given over to Azerbaijan last month, while the trial continues after the first session took place 2 days ago.

What is the hashtag war all about? We have  on one side while  is fighting on the other. The Armenian side does not have any fake accounts (would be pretty useless anyway) while the majority of posters on the Azerbaijani side are controlled by one main account connected to the president of the ruling party’s youth wing. The images below show propaganda from both sides. The first has an image of a little girl asking for her father back (who is she really? is this photoshopped? Lots of questions), while the Armenian side has photoshopped the image to show what the paper in her hands SHOULD say. She does rather remind us of an Armenian child too. Who knows?

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Armenian posters depicting the fatalities of the infiltration onto Artsakh soil show not hostility per se, but truly throw the facts into the faces of those who dare insinuate that a mobilized infiltration into the territory was done to see a single grave. The absurdity of the notion is insulting to those who should have to hear the explanation. A hostage would be if one was held for something in return, say to refrain from war, to have the government give in to a certain demand, etc. In this case, the “hostages” were caught, have confessed to theft, are expected to confess to the murders, and are currently on trial. Should they have been “returned” to Azerbaijan, we can imagine that these men would receive state honours, just like Ramil Safarov.

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On the other hand, should the roles have been reversed and an Armenian caught on Azerbaijani land, torture and death is what awaited him or her. I highly doubt exceptions would have been made if a woman decided to go “visit the grave of her mother or grandmother.” The question now might be, “why would you visit a grave in a place where you know you’ll be taken, tortured, and/or killed (raped as well most probably)?” Now pose that question to Azerbaijan. Unless, of course, the people believe Armenians are kind and allow “innocent” men to come into their territory untouched while there’s a 99.9% possibility that the one coming in is a spy or saboteur. I’m not quite sure which is more absurd: believing the men coming over the border secretly were thinking benign thoughts or actually concocting such a silly tale in the first place.

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Drugs Should be Banned From Parliament

It’s been a while since I wrote an opinion piece and even longer since I touched upon a political subject. Somehow, when one lives in Armenia and breathes her air, it no longer becomes so vital to follow religiously every turn of event and sound an outcry for every wrong identified in the system. Once here, you learn that news is most definitely rarely the full truth and nothing but the truth, and more often disregards majority opinion for the sake of sensationalism.

What I find especially interesting from the past couple of days is the level of propaganda and opposite poles Armenians and Azeris seem to be sitting at. In Yerevan, at least, things are quite calm. No one actually believes there is an impending war, but tensions are high and the air bristles when someone mentions Turkish products or Azeri invasions. For the most part, however, we are all proud of the show our boys on the front have put on and both men and women have been taking up arms and heading to the borders as volunteers should the opposing side decide to launch an offensive. It is interesting to see more and more women in the army, both as volunteers and chasing a military career. At the moment, 1 in 5 soldiers is female, amounting to about 20%.

The difference between the 2 sides (the first image shows eyewitness accounts of Armenians continuing with their honey harvest while those on the Azerbaijani side fleeing as shown on meydan.tv)- FB propaganda

According to certain online sources, the Kashatagh region has been a major source providing volunteers, both local and Syrian repatriate, as well as now working on supplying food and necessary items to those serving on the borders. Hundreds of volunteers have taken up arms at the moment to defend our country if need be. It is most definitely a bittersweet sight.

Armenia seems to ever be on the defensive. International media might paint Azerbaijan in a victim’s light, but the truth is that both sides have suffered casualties and it’s not news that Azerbaijan has violated the ceasefire time and again. Whether it was their side or ours this time, we might never know. After all, the wheels of propaganda are in constant motion and both side gain by appearing the wronged party. Considering the words the Azerbaijani president has been tweeting though, one would undoubtedly start pointing fingers towards the internationally acclaimed “victim” his country appears to be.

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It appears the president of Azerbaijan has been smoking something other than the beloved cigarettes of the Caucasus, which has addled his mind once and for all. He’s a class A comedy act all right, but the scary thing is that he wields weapons of mass destruction which have the ability to hit Yerevan from what I’ve heard on the streets. I cannot prove this, but it is a bit of a cause for concern when there’s a fool seemingly on drugs controlling the situation. Furthermore, local media in the country is apparently claiming that Azerbaijani forces have taken Agdam and other regions within the Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) enclave, as mentioned on Radio Free Europe’s Azerbaijan portal. I wonder what lovely Mr. Putin has to say about all of this during his meetings with the presidents this weekend.

In the meantime, we can all have a laugh at Mr. Aliyev’s expense. After all, we don’t get to see many clowns acting like fools for the amusement of us little children too much anymore.

 

 

Artsakh War Stats

Nagorno-Karabakh War
Date: 20 February 1988 – 16 May 1994
(6 years, 2 months, 3 weeks and 5 days)
Location: Nagorno-Karabakh, Armenia and Azerbaijan
Result: Armenian military victory
Ceasefire treaty: (Bishkek Protocol, still in effect); ongoing peace talks to determine the future of the disputed territory

Casualties and losses:
Armenia -NKR
Dead: 4,592-12,000
Missing 196

Azerbaijan
Dead: 25,000–30,000
Missing: 4,210

Aronian Defeats Azeri Opponent

Aronian during his round six match. (Photo by Anastasiya Karlovich)

LONDON (Armenian Weekly)—The world’s number two chess player Levon Aronian (Armenia) defeated Teimour Radjabov (Azerbaijan) in the sixth round of the Candidates Tournament to maintain lead.

Aronian, playing with the black pieces, successfully defended a king-side attack by Radjabov, who soon found himself in time trouble. Radjabov’s position gradually deteriorated and he was unable to withstand Aronian’s counter-attack on his king.

In turn, Magnus Carlsen (Norway) defeated Peter Svidler (Russia). Aronian and Svidler share the lead with 4.5 points after Round 6.

The winner of this 14-round tournament, one of the strongest in chess history, will challenge world champion Viswanathan Anand for the world title. Eight top chess grandmasters are taking part in the tournament.

Then Armenian Weekly is providing day-to-day coverage from the tournament in London on its Facebook page.

http://asbarez.com/108913/aronian-defeats-azeri-opponent/