Armenia: Yesterday, Today, and Maybe No Tomorrow

By Lucine Kasbarian, 8 May 2009

Yesterday, Armenia was a battlefield and prize for competing empires.  Today, Armenia is a battlefield and prize for competing empires.

Yesterday, the Young Turk regime released criminals from prison to terrorize Armenians. Today, Turkish and Armenian regimes contain criminals who terrorize Armenians.

By Lucine Kasbarian, 8 May 2009

Yesterday, Armenia was a battlefield and prize for competing empires.  Today, Armenia is a battlefield and prize for competing empires.

Yesterday, the Young Turk regime released criminals from prison to terrorize Armenians. Today, Turkish and Armenian regimes contain criminals who terrorize Armenians.

Yesterday, the Turkish government solved its “Armenian problem” with repression, violence and murder, including the execution of 250 intellectuals in 1915.  Today, the Turkish government solves its “Armenian problem” with repression, violence and murder, including the execution of Hrant Dink in 2007.

Yesterday, in the Ottoman Empire, Armenian women threw themselves into rivers and over cliffs to avoid Turkish rape, forced marriages and slavery. Today, in Turkey, migrant women from Armenia prostitute themselves, while Armenian women Turkify themselves through intermarriage.

Yesterday, Armenians struggled on their own lands to retain their faith, language and traditions. Today, Armenians live in foreign lands, and while free to practice their faith, language and traditions, let them fade away.

Yesterday, international media reported truthfully about the Armenian Genocide. Today, international media willingly publish Turkish propaganda and genocide denials.

Yesterday, Turkish authorities removed Armenians from their lands to convince the world that Armenians never lived there. Today, Turkish authorities dismantle churches, monuments, and cemeteries to convince the world that Armenians never lived there.

Yesterday, Turkish leaders demonized Armenians through word of mouth to turn the Turks against them.  Today, Turkish leaders demonize Armenians through books and films to turn the Turks against them.

Yesterday, ordinary Armenians, their backs to the wall, secured an independent nation on the battlefield.  Today, Armenia’s ruling cabal may willfully surrender their nation behind closed doors.

Yesterday, President Wilson promised a mandate for Armenia, only to have the U.S. Senate reject it.  Today, President Obama promised to recognize the Armenian Genocide, only to go back on his word.

Yesterday, Prime Minister Vratzian was forced to hand Armenia to the Soviets to save it from Turkish destruction. Today, President Sargsian and his clique voluntarily sacrifice Armenia’s interests for their own benefit.

Yesterday, Armenians mistakenly trusted the Western powers and Russia. The Armenian nation paid the price. Today, Armenians mistakenly trust the Western powers and Russia. The Armenian nation pays the price.

Yesterday, Armenians of Arstakh defended their native lands against Azeri hostility. Today, Armenians of Arstakh defend their native lands against Azeri and NATO hostility.

Yesterday, Armenian leaders sacrificed their lives to secure liberty for their people. Today, Armenians leaders sacrifice their dignity for their own personal ambitions.

Yesterday, a closed border prevented Turkey from penetrating Armenia. Today, an open border could enable Turkey to penetrate Armenia.

Yesterday, Armenia would have been eliminated if its people did not resist. Today, Armenia will be eliminated if its people do not resist.
 

5 comments
  1. Hope it is not tooooo late

    Excellent article and very valid points.

    It is encouraging to see the Armenian community is starting to write so eloquently about the danger that has been developing in its Republic, and as I have been reporting, starting with Kocharian at the start of the century. Of the Sargsyan / Nalbandian ‘Non Pre-Conditions’, the first one of avoiding an Obama recognition of Genocide has already been very nicely accommodated.

    If the rest of the ‘Non Pre-Conditions’ go through as easily, then this and other warnings will unfortunately have come toooooo late.

  2. From Azerbaijan

    Good article. L hope only democratic regimes can be solve this problem without any nationalists, criminalists and own ambitions. Armenia and Azerbaijan can be solve its problem for its own future. to make agreement it is important to integrate community and to stop agressions and accusative articles of journalists of both side. Becouse armenian citizen reads azeri media see hard accusation, agression etc. and also Azerbaijani citizen read armenian media see same thing. l think firstly journalists must to make discussians and then intelectuals. So it is clear that armenians have lived in karabah as azerbaijanis. they have lived there togather, but in the conculision of the clear or unclear causes now both side hate each other. This problem shouldnt investigated becouse this investiagatin result demand accusation which each side reject it.  
    The world should be garant to armenia that azerbaijan not threat for it. so l believe that armenian should make first pleasure step in this situation.

    Then Armenia should make constructive and peacfully policy in the region. Armenia must to be a bit tolerance for living togather which other nations, which Azerbaijani territory live a lot of national miniority as talish, lezgi, udins, russians,and armenians (more then thousand in oficiallay.). 

    Finally l hope Azerbaijan Armenian conflicit will be solved in the results of Armenian peacfull and constructiv positions. To live togather other nation with all right with including self administration-it is peacfull land consturtiv, but to be intended to separate territory of Azerbaijan wich recognised by all states and alo NATO, UNO and OSCE is not constructive. and also to expect from Azerbaijan to agree with separating territories it is not constructive position for azerbaijan. 

    Thanskfully,

    Emin

  3. If the rest
    If the rest of the ‘Non Pre-Conditions’ go through as easily, then this and other warnings will unfortunately have come toooooo late.

  4. Long Live Armenia, poem

    Long live Armenia.
    May your walls stand forever
    For God is your defender.
    The devils and Turks your offender.
    But you'll reign
    In the midst of your enemies
    With manifold security
    Against Western or Eastern forces.
    Like an army big as in India.
    For your name implies
    First Christian nation of the world.
    Christ is your defender, O, Armenia.

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