Before I begin, I must say that I’ve had the notes for this post for a week now. Life can become a bit too hectic when you are running around trying to get your life settled in any country, including your homeland. I’ll have a follow up post on some of those antics later on. TOday, however, is dedicated to Hratch Mouradian, former mayor of the Proshyan village which lies a scant 20 minute marshutka (Russian minibus) ride away from Yerevan’s “Paregamoutyoun” metro station. I must admit, I’ve always been fond of the names of the stations here.
Together we stood before the town hall, a great poster depicting Hratch as a soldier hanging over our heads with his Military Cross and several other medals adorning his side; a poster depicting his life, but never his death. Born in 1963, Hratch was not only a decorated war hero but a very real person, dedicated to improving the lives of the villagers he had been elected to govern, the red flag of the ARF wrapped tightly around his heart. To this day, I have not heard a single protestation against the man, learning instead that he had won the hearts of the young and the old, bereft of discrimination. And so we stood under the rainy sky, allowing our tears to mingle with the weeping of the Heavens, while holding onto flames protected by plastic cups and bottles. There is a call for justice and an entreaty to understand the philosophy of this great man. The struggle for our nation and identity is not bound in time, to be remembered on certain unforgettable and blood-soaked dates, but a daily reality for every Armenian. The words fell on silent souls, demanding that the dream of this exemplary man, where Armenians live on their soil as Armenians proud of who they are, is never forgotten. The crowds were dense and the children crowded the beautiful makeshift pyre of flowers and candles, a bright spot gently providing consolation and comfort to aching hearts broken by cruel hands and gunpowder. And so we sang, starting with “Tajan Grvum” and crossing into a rich repertoire, mournful voices refusing to let the memory of a paragon fade into oblivion.
His dream will live on, the young boys and girls crowded before the town hall testament to that pledge.
Hovsep Abkarian, an Armenian from Syria living in Lebanon for the last 10 years, has become victim to a crime in Lattakia, which claimed his life. The youth had returned to Syria only to renew his passport after which he planned on going to Armenia to get married. He was brutally stabbed by armed forces and left for dead. Strange enough, the golden cross around his neck had not been taken.
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.”-
- The details of what occurred can be found here
- 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!
- 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.”-
- Khojali is a complicated issue- My research on it can be found here
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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.”
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The power lies in the people. No news agency should be allowed to get away with inciting hatred and spreading undue lies.