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Corrupt, sadistic, and run by a hereditary dictatorship, Azerbaijan is unfit to rule over others, least of all Armenian Christians.

Yet that iniquity could materialize due to the recent 44-day war by Azerbaijan, Turkey, and terrorist jihadis against the Artsakh Republic (Nagorno-Karabagh) and Armenia.

The November 9, 2020 armistice could force democratic, Armenian-governed Artsakh (pop. 150,000) into Azerbaijan’s (pop. 10 million) despotic grip.

Since the war began, though, mainstream media have rarely pointed out Azerbaijan’s depravity and long-standing abuse of Armenians.

In the 1920s, Stalin transferred the ancient Armenian provinces of Artsakh — 96% Armenian — and Nakhichevan to Turkey’s friend, Azerbaijan. The delusional tyrant mistakenly believed that this would lure Turkey into the USSR’s web. That injustice has brought Artsakh nothing but agony. Even before the transfer, Azerbaijan had been massacring Armenians in Artsakh and Baku.

Unlike 3000-year-old Armenia, no country named Azerbaijan existed before 1918. Its inhabitants didn’t even call themselves Azeris until the 1930s.

Artsakh’s Long Nightmare

Artsakh was officially autonomous within Soviet Azerbaijan, but the latter held the real power. Artsakh’s Armenians were persecuted due to raw Azeri fanaticism, not the Soviet system.

  • Armenians sank from 96% to 76% of Artsakh’s population by 1988, the result of repression, deportations, economic warfare, and murder by Azerbaijan.
  • Then-KGB Major General Heydar Aliyev (Azeri dictator Ilham Aliyev’s father) acknowledged importing Azeris into Artsakh to replace Armenians that he’d exiled.
  • Azerbaijan maliciously closed many Armenian schools, orphanages, and libraries.
  • Armenian language inscriptions on ancient monuments were depicted as Azeri.
  • Museums were looted of artifacts that proved Artsakh to be an ancient Armenian province.
  • Even the name Artsakh was banned.
  • Large quantities of meat, dairy products, and wool were directed to Azerbaijan instead of to needy local Armenians.
  • Baku frequently imprisoned local Armenian leaders who protested, but gave Azeri gangs free rein.

Breaking Free

Artsakh voted to exit Azerbaijan in accordance with Soviet law in 1988 and international law in 1991 as the USSR dissolved. In response, Azerbaijan massacred Armenian civilians in Artsakh, Baku, Ganja, and Sumgait.

The ensuing war ended in 1994 in victory for Artsakh’s Armenians. Armenians fled the rest of Azerbaijan, and Azeris fled Armenia.

Artsakh became self-governing, reformist, and widely respected. It maintained representative offices in Washington, D.C., Europe, and elsewhere.

Azerbaijan proceeded to gorge on revenue from its gas and oil fields. Yet it still mirrored its Soviet self: repressive, corrupt, violent, and anti-Armenian.

Artsakh became doubly determined to never again submit to Azerbaijan.

Azerbaijan’s Post-Independence Horrors

  • The U.S. State Department says Azerbaijan has “significant human rights” problems, including: unlawful/arbitrary killing; torture; arbitrary detention; political prisoners; heavy restrictions on the press; incarceration of/violence against journalists; severe restrictions on political participation; systemic government corruption; torture of [LGBTQ] individuals; and the worst forms of child labor. Azerbaijan “did not prosecute or punish most officials who committed human rights abuses.”
  • The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom cites Azerbaijan for “engaging in or tolerating severe violations of religious freedom.”
  • Europe’s Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) named President Ilham Aliyev its 2012 “Organized Crime and Corruption Person of the Year.”
  • Azerbaijan is guilty of “arbitrary arrest and detention of opposition politicians, civil society activists, human rights defenders and critical journalists,” says the European Court of Human Rights.
  • Freedom House ranks Azerbaijan as “Not Free” — worse than the Congo and Cuba.
  • Reporters Without Borders rates Azerbaijan’s press freedom as 168th out of 180 countries, — worse than Pakistan and Somalia.
  • International human rights organizations have rebuked Azerbaijan for repressing and forcibly assimilating its Lezgin and Talysh
  • Azeri Lieutenant Ramil Safarov was prosecuted and imprisoned for beheading Armenian Lieutenant Gurgen Margaryan at a 2004 NATO program in Hungary. Under questionable circumstances, Hungary later dispatched Safarov to Azerbaijan. He was hailed as a national hero, awarded a medal, and promoted.
  • Azerbaijan has perpetrated the utmost brutality since the earliest days of Artsakh’s struggle and during the recent war. Azeri troops have abused, mutilated, and beheaded Armenian civilians and soldiers. Armenian POWs have been summarily executed. Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have decried these war crimes. Azerbaijan has still not released all POWs despite pledging to do so and continues its attacks in violation of the armistice.
  • In the 1990s, Azerbaijan imported Afghan Mujahedin, Chechens, Pakistanis, and terrorist Turkish Grey Wolves to fight Armenians. The recent war saw Azerbaijan and Turkey bring in thousands of jihadis and ISIS terrorists from Syria, Libya, and elsewhere. In so doing, Azerbaijan has violated the UN convention against using mercenaries. Draw the appropriate conclusion about a political culture that deploys terrorists and thugs.
  • Like Turkey, Azerbaijan has long desecrated and destroyed multitudes of Armenian churches and monuments. YouTube’s “The New Tears of Araxes” shows Azeri soldiers obliterating a large 9th century Armenian cemetery in Nakhichevan. UNESCO is being prevented from inspecting Armenian monuments Azerbaijan has just taken control of.
  • The Azerbaijani Laundromat was — and may still be — a multi-billion dollar money laundering racket run by Azeri kleptocrats and the Aliyev clan. German, Italian, Slovenian, and other European officials were bribed to whitewash Azerbaijan’s human rights record.
  • Azerbaijan covertly bankrolled a PR junket to Baku in 2013 for several Congresspersons and 32 staff from IL, NJ, NM, NY, OK, and TX. They were lavished with rugs and other gifts which the Office of Congressional Ethics ultimately made them surrender. Azerbaijan funded the junket through a Dallas-based organization affiliated with renegade Turkish imam Fethullah Gülen.
  • ‘‘Within the next 25 years, there will be no state of Armenia in the South Caucasus. These people … have no right to live in this region,” declared Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry spokesperson in 2004. A year later, Baku’s mayor told a German delegation, “Our goal is the complete elimination of Armenians. You Nazis already eliminated the Jews in the 1930s and 40s, right?”

“We [Azerbaijanis] must kill all Armenians — children, women, the elderly. [We] need to kill [them] without [making a] distinction.” After Azeri soccer manager Nurlan Ibrahimov posted that in October, the Union of European Football Associations banned him.

These kinds of venom have resulted in the horrors we see above.

  • Some Azeris have threatened to bomb Armenia’s nuclear power plant. Last year Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry formalized the threat.
  • In sheets of newly released Azerbaijani postage stamps, an Azeri in a hazmat suit is spraying Artsakh with chemicals, suggesting Armenians are vermin to be exterminated.
  • Azerbaijan’s territorial ambitions have included not just Artsakh but also Armenia. In December, Pres. Aliyev once again claimed parts of Armenia while beside him Turkish President Erdogan glorified Turkey’s 1915-23 genocide against millions of Armenians and Assyrian and Hellenic Christians. Azerbaijan and Turkey’s intentions are obvious.

Now You Know

Now you know why Artsakh’s Armenians have fought and died to live free from Azeri rule. In their place, you’d do the same.

Artsakh is at least as deserving as other states that since the 1990s have achieved self-determination through international support, such as East Timor, Montenegro, and South Sudan.

Regardless of the recent war’s outcome, if the international community cannot see the justice of Artsakh’s case and effectuate a remedy consistent with self-determination, then there is no justice.

David Boyajian is an independent writer whose efforts focus on commentary and investigative reports regarding the Caucasus. His work can be found at .

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  1. zimriel says:

    Not our circus nor are the monkeys therein of concern of ours.

    • Agree: Mark G., Chris Mallory
    • Disagree: 22pp22
    • Replies: @raga10
    , @Avery
  2. Oh look, it’s another Armenian who has come to kvetch about Azerbaijan.

    For every accusation of violence or mafia-like corruption, Armenia has done the exact same over the past century. Animosity doesn’t just appear from nowhere. Accusing Azerbaijan of corruption, while absolutely true, is rich coming from an Armo. Anyone who has lived or worked with a sizeable number of Armenians knows all about their terrible behavior. It is jokingly said that the Armenian is a Jew, who followed a coin into a church. Well, I guess it’s better the Armenian succeed than the true blue Jew…

    Like all fighting children, Armenia and Azerbaijan are in need of a strong, authoritative adult to set things right without taking sides.

    • Troll: GeneralRipper
    • Replies: @Anon
    , @BobbyTamsworthy Jr.
  3. I almost pissed my pants laughing at the headline.

    Why Azerbaijan Is Unfit to Rule Over the Armenians of Artsakh

    You dirty, hairy Stone Age assholes need to realize we don’t care, and try to work things out among yourselves. If you can’t, I don’t care. Tired of Phoenicians trying to get us involved in your moronic disputes.

    Remember “Greater Serbia”? Fuck me.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @anon
  4. 22pp22 says:

    I was saddened to read the comments on this thread.

    You all mock the Armenians today. You mock the Serbs. Unlike White Americans they did not lie down and ask to be p$ssed on.

    When you finally decide you do not really like drinking ur$ne and wish to stand up like human beings, all your potential allies will be dead and gone (Armenians, Serbs) or instead have become implacable enemies (Russians). You are used to being top dogs, unassailable, but you are about to discover how it feels like to be a White South African, Christian Lebanese, Serb or Armenian.

    I hope you enjoy the experience of having you faced pushed into the sh$t.

    PS. According to ancestrydotcom, I am 100% of British extraction.

    • Thanks: Lot
  5. raga10 says:

    I disagree. We might not care about those places as such, but any conflict that involves Russia (sort-of superpower, still) and Turkey (wannabe Ottoman Empire 2.0) should be of at least some interest to us all.

  6. I have known a few related families of Armenians since I was a kid, and can say without a seconds hesitation, that they are – in the examples that I have dealt with – some of the best people I have ever encountered.

    They adopted my friend as a infant, who is not of Armenian ancestry, and the entire family went out of the way to make shower him with affection, despite no blood relation.

    I always was treated to food and a hug from the family, despite not being remotely of their background or faith.

    While it is cold comfort to the author, keep in mind that over the course of the last four US admins, the entire Christian population of the middle east has been left to fend for itself, despite being the only entirely peaceful and non-combatant population, while all of the warring interests have been the recipients of borrowed largess.

  7. Avery says:

    {“Not our circus nor are the monkeys therein of concern of ours.”}

    Who is this ‘ours’ you are referring to homes?
    Would that be the US?

    For decades the problem has been American monkeys like you in the American circus who have sat on their beer-bellied fat asses, while a small number of American psychopaths have invaded and caused death and destruction all over the world.

    To wit: Syria with all its problems, was a relatively safe place for the survivors of the Armenian Genocide, who found shelter there, and prospered for many generations. Then the GloboFascists in US decided to wreck it. Syrian-Armenians lost everything.

    The cannibal head choppers of ISIS Muslim terrorists whom US and her allies (…Turkey, KSA, Israel,….) fed, groomed, and unleashed on Syria were airlifted – 1,000s of them – by Erdogan during this last Sept,2020 war to Artsakh, and acted according to their SOP: murdering civilians, beheading POWs while alive,…..Erdogan promised them bonuses if they could produce proof of beheading Armenians (Christians).

    If you (generic you) don’t want the ‘monkeys’ in ‘circuses’ all over the world to be your concern, then make sure youse don’t send your military to deal death and destruction all over the world. Don’t create terrorist organizations like ISIS.

    • Agree: 22pp22
    • Troll: Chris Mallory
    • Replies: @Chris Mallory
    , @Avery
  8. The Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh now control their own area, having been driven from the Azerbaijani areas they and Armenia conquered. They also have a communication corridor with Armenia with Russian troops as peacekeepers.

    This is exactly the solution Russia has supported since the first war. It’s not what Azerbaijan or the Armenians wanted but it’s as good as it could be. Any other solution is worse for more people. [email protected]

  9. @Avery

    Make up your mind. You whine and cry when the US polices the world. Then when Americans say enough and want to leave Asia’s problems to Asians, you whine and cry and insult us. Nothing in the Eastern Hemisphere is any business of the US government or responsibility of the American tax payer. Let the Russians, Indians, or Chinese deal with this group of malcontents.

  10. Avery says:

    [Troll: Chris Mallory.]

    Stop talking about yourself genocidal UygurTürkoğlu nomad scum.

  11. Voivode Vlad Dracula of Wallachia knew how to deal with the Turks. So did Karadjordje Petrovich of Serbia. It took the Balkan Christians hundreds of years and huge losses to liberate their lands from the Turks. The Turkish regime simply has no ethics. Look how they assassinated Hrant Dink. Western Christians need to understand and wake. Soon you’ll wake up in Western Europe to find yourselves in the position of the Copts in Egypt. And then you’ll understand what it’s like to be a Copt in Egypt. Look how the Turkish regime treats the tiny Greek minority in Istanbul/ Constantinople. Even a few thousand is too much for them. The Turkish regime continues to harass them. We need another Christian leader like Vlad Dracula, thanks to whose efforts Wallachia was never conquered, though it did eventually become a tributary state. If not for Vlad Dracula, Wallachia would have shared the fate of Serbia, totally erased from the map for centuries.

    • Agree: TheTotallyAnonymous
    • Replies: @raga10
  12. raga10 says:
    @Vlad Dracula

    Yes, Dracula doesn’t get enough credit in the West for his resistance against Turks, although I believe he is well regarded in Romania.

  13. Anon[376] • Disclaimer says:

    Fallingwater, you sabotage what you are trying to say when you stoop to insults. How would you like it when I say “Fallingwater is a smelly sulfur-emitting geyzer”?

  14. Anonymous[376] • Disclaimer says:
    @James O'Meara

    It’s a shame that a well-researched, well-reasoned, and well-written article is stained by an ignorant comment.

  15. anon[400] • Disclaimer says:
    @James O'Meara

    dirty, hairy Stone Age

    Armenia has a long history of civilization, its church one of the oldest. It’s embarrassing to read things like this from what I assume is an American. Stupid, illiterate and profane fools should stick to reading comic books.

  16. @Fallingwater

    Dear Mr. Fallingwater:

    The United States is being taken over by some pretty bad characters such as Antifa, Black Lives Matter, and anarchists.

    I don’t think you have much to crow about.

    Many other countries that you may regard as backward are actually a lot more civilized and stable than what some people call home.

    Look to your own faults before you insult others.

  17. Sonebody says:

    When the Neocons want to protect oil, perform a land grab or defend Pan Turkism and Greater Israel, they launch humanitarian missions, or cry genocide, or defend the right to self determination for a self governing territory. If any of the above interests are not met, then they invoke the popular refrain “let those bloodthirsty savages bludgeon each other to death ——-good riddance!”

    Of course it is usually the greater Turkey or Greater Israel experiment that perform the barbaric acts on the world’s ancient Christians. It is no coincidence that they are the endangered species here — and that suits the children of Abraham who would like to be the only remaining ancient peoples left.

    Pissy commenters above, we know your game.

  18. We should never forget the genocide of the Armenians at the hands of the “tolerant” Muslims.

    Nor should be forget the genocide of the Pontine Greeks at the same time by the same culprits.

    Before WW1 Anatolia was half Greek in the west and half Armenian in the east.

    After the Kemalist genocides the White Indo-European Christians were reduced to 0%.

    I was once at a religious study group a few years ago. Those involved in it were rich, highly educated, upper class leftists.

    One night the woman who ran the group started our meeting out with remarks on the glories of Islam, how Muslims put Christians in the shade, etc.

    The discussion went around the room with everyone agreeing on how much Christians could learn from the example of the Muslims.

    When the discussion came around to me, I asked if anyone had ever polled the opinion of the Armenians on this subject.

    The discussion, as was to be expected, was immediately ended.

    Those who express indifference toward this author and his essay are wrong.

    Armenians contributed more prominent scientists to the Soviet Union for their size than any other ethnic group.

    They are not a group of backward Middle Eastern primitives.

    They were destroyed due to the supposedly shrewd policy of “real-politik” pursued by the British and the French.

    The adherents to our cause should be guided by racial idealism. We should not be “nationalists.” The supposedly realistic foreign policy pursued by the British and French destroyed 2 great Christian peoples in Anatolia.

    This policy has not turned out well for either country, now being colonized by Third World aliens.

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