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Lies and Hateful Slander by the Baltimore Sun

Article referred to: http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2012-09-10/news/bs-ed-armenia-dispute-20120910_1_armenian-army-stokes-caucasus-feud-safarov

I’m not sure which is worse: An axe murderer claimed as a hero or his exemplary behaviour’s pardon in an American widely distributed newspaper. Furthermore, the Baltimore Sun has published not only an article in which the details of the crime committed have been altered, but Armenia and her people are represented as nothing better than murderous savages. It’s a sad day when ill written and unedited articles are carelessly published in reputable agencies of ‘truth”. One would now wonder what, if anything, written in this newspaper is indeed truth, especially when the details of both the murder and the hailing of a coward as a hero are well known and thoroughly documented. It is sheer negligence on the editor’s part to allow such unforgivably skewed material to appear as part of the largest generally-circulated newspaper in all of Maryland.

I would like to direct the reader’s attention to a few lines that have me bemused.

“So when he engaged in a deadly fight with an Armenian military officer it was against someone who represented everything that’s wrong with today’s world.”-

  1.  The details of what occurred can be found here
  2. Armenians represent everything that is wrong with the world today? I didn’t know poverty-stricken landlocked countries belonging to one of the oldest civilizations in the world could ever warrant such a description. I daresay, it’s almost flattering! Who would think that a mere couple of million people out of the multiple billion could represent everything evil.. the Devil himself must be green with envy!
  3. Forget the measly few million, a single man represents all the world’s evils… I’m utterly flabbergasted! To think, Armenians are on of more pious people of the world, criticized constantly for their sheep at a slaughter mentality….

“The Obama administration and Congress should instead take the courageous step of officially recognizing the Azerbaijani Genocide and the Khojaly Massacre — the biggest crime against humanity in the entire Caucasus during the second half of the 20th century.”-

  1. Khojali is a complicated issue- My research on it can be found here
  2. What in God’s name is the Azerbaijani Genocide? Genocide was coined by Raphael Lemkin (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFPch5OILfU) and the legal meaning of the word is: http://www.hrweb.org/legal/genocide.html
  3. There was never any intention of destroying a people on the Armenians’ part- No proof of this exists nor is there any motive present. The Artsakh war was fought to liberate lands handed over to Azerbaijan, where Armenians were a majority but treated as inferiors. A war was fought and won and the land now belongs to the Armenians once again.
  4. I beg to bring to the reader’s attention the massacres of Sumgait and Baku. Maraga joined the list in 1992- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6ZAf4DdHI8
  5. The biggest crime against humanity currently lies in the fact that no Armenian is allowed into Azerbaijan. There are, however, Azeris living in Armenia, married to Armenians, comfortable in their settings but lamenting the closed borders and lack of access to see family sealed on the other side of the invisible wall.

“That would assure that U.S. foreign policy has not been hijacked by the Armenian special interests that are bankrolling the statements of the Obama administration and Congress this election year.”

  1. I’m not sure whether to be shocked or to laugh at this absurd proclamation…. Armenia is a poor country with a few rich people who couldn’t care less what nationality they belong to- They definitely will not be buying out any politicians…. the ANCA is a lobby group that works to push the interests of a rather sizeable American minority in Washington. I highly doubt the grassroots organization has the means to buy anyone out either. The absurdity of this claim is only amplified by the fact that a few months ago, a scandal arose in which it was discovered that a pro-Turkish US politician was receiving large amounts of money from Turkish organizations for unknown reasons.
  2. If US foreign policy had been hijacked by Armenians, America would have not only recognized the Armenian genocide, but condemned Turkey and placed pressure on its current rather strong ally to right the wrongs in her history.
  3. I highly doubt Armenians will be voting for Obama this time around, since we are only human and broken promises aren’t forgotten easily.

I would urge complaints to be directed to customersatisfaction@baltsun.com

The power lies in the people. No news agency should be allowed to get away with inciting hatred and spreading undue lies.




To Hate or Not to Hate… That is the Question

I grew up hating Turks and everything connected to Turks. I’m not ashamed of this, nor am I particularly proud. I grew up with a certain conviction, that I now relate to mob psychology. What I felt was not uncommon and is an affliction suffered not just by Armenians but by Turks today as well. I was a child, and with a child’s unquestioning trust and naivete, I walked a slippery road. I hated with a passion and used such words as abhor and despise. Strange enough, it’s near impossible for me to hate anything else. As a Christian, I find it a blasphemy to hate, when the figure I worship knows only to love. However, for all the love I held for everything else, I never questioned why I felt so negatively against a people I essentially knew nothing about. Truth be told, upon reflection, I equate what I felt to what has caused so much suffering and misery in this world. Hatred leads only to bloodshed. It’s something I understand now, hopefully fully.

I understand something that might literally be the most important truth in this world. Ignorance breeds hatred which leads to war, pain, suffering and injustice. Furthermore, because the world is so full of lies and the omission of truths, it’s rather impossible to ever entirely shed the shell of ignorance. It’s a sad thought and extremely frustrating. In a perfect world, we would all be the same, share the same history and accomplishments, love each other as brother and sister and never imagine harming another. Yet, we don’t live in a perfect world, and no one truly follows their religion. Most religions speak of love, of respect, of equality among the races. We all simply hide behind a facade and commit heinous crimes in the name of something that preaches the exact opposite. I look around me and ask why. Why would you demean another when you have only been shown respect? Why would you lie, when the truth makes things so much easier? Why would you cover up parts of your history, when the truth is that we’re all human and bound to make mistakes? Why would you view yourself as part of race that was chosen by a higher being, when you are made of the same stuff everyone else is? Why do you believe you have the right to slap a woman, push an elder or kill a child?

The more you ask why, the more you learn about each and every episode, and the more you dig constantly for the truth, the closer you come to shedding your ignorance and the easier it becomes to dispel your hate, viewing those before you in a positive light.

In Turkey, a journalist of Turkish descent stood up and said “I am Armenian” to the shock of both Armenian and Turkish communities. “They asked me whether I could say I am a Turk in [Armenia’s capital] Yerevan. If I cannot say I am a Turk in Yerevan, this would be Yerevan’s shame, but if I [can] say I am Armenian in Istanbul, this would be Istanbul’s honor,” Ahmet Hakan stated. (http://news.am/eng/news/89759.html)

He is correct. It definitely would be our shame to not be able to say it. It gives me a strange feeling in my gut still. But if I can say I’m Canadian or American or Lebanese or Syrian, why should I NOT be able to say I’m a Turk?

I chose the path not to hate. That makes me no less an Armenian, let alone a patriotic one. I choose the humane path now, laughing with Turks, particularly one young one of Crimean Turkish descent, about anything and everything. I may be a nationalist with Sosse Mayrig as my idol, but that does not mean I have to hate.