Peter Bahlawanian is the producer of director/writer/editor Mariam Avetisyan’s The Desire to Live. The winner of 136 awards from 72 Film Festivals worldwide, the film is “a visually stunning record of the 2020 war’s impact on the indigenous people of Artsakh” depicting “the uncertainty and challenges of a crippled or nonexistent livelihood in a region wracked by war.”
For background, Peter Bahlawanian recommends the article “Genocide is About to Unfold in Artsakh and the West Has Secured a Front-Row Seat.” It begins:
“Azerbaijani special forces and military personnel—masquerading as ‘environmentalists’—have blocked the only road connecting Artsakh to Armenia. They have effectively severed the only lifeline the Artsakh Armenians have to the outside world—a lifeline guaranteed by the Trilateral Statement of November 10, 2020. With 120,000 Artsakh Armenians now completely encircled and isolated, Azerbaijan is poised to rid itself of the entire Armenian population…”
More background from Covert Action Magazine:
“In the past month, the Biden administration has condemned a blockade imposed on the Armenian enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh by Azerbaijanis, while at the same time extending a waiver for the second year in a row allowing provision of $100 million in military aid to Azerbaijan…”
This was expected.
The West will gnaw on all of Russia’s soft spots to distract her from the SMO in Ukraine. Who is next on the menu: Georgia, Kaliningrad, Kazakstan, North Korea, Serbia, Syria? These regions should find common cause and band together to help Armenia survive.
The Armenians made an existential mistake allowing their leaders to push Russia away. Maybe it is not too late for them. Sadly, the power hungry Turks are not to be trusted.
Honestly the Armenians should just leave Artsakh, they lost political and military control over land that was never internationally recognised as Armenia. End of story.
The Armenians should prioritise human lives(those in Artsakh) over the land of Artsakh itself.
Support for Azerbaijan offers a way of undermining Iran. Support for Armenia offers no such advantages. Why would Israel permit us to support Armenia?
What’s interesting is that we have a pretty substantial and very cohesive Armenian minority — yet they’re apparently politically impotent.
Armenians are Christians…. you know, like Europe is supposed to be, and America?
Yet this Godless JEWISH Biden Coup is arming Feckless Moslem Azerbaijanis?
Truly, God is damning America for her faithlessness, on oh, so many levels.
It is historic Armenian Land. Just like Eastern Turkey. The long suffering Armenian people are continually downgraded by the West in favor of Muslin Ajerbjan, an aggressive, hostile country. Rusia is their only hope.
The oldest Christian country, whose borders have been retracted by the racist Muslins that surround them. The Biden Administration is supporting a genocide. Not surprising.
Armenians don’t hate Whites, and their Congressman is Adam Schiff.
Hope for what?
The continued existence of the Armenian people or for more land?
Words like historic have no meaning, what matters is international recognition of borders and if that can’t be established, military and political control of the disputed land.
Azerbaijan since independence has had international recognition of its claim to Artsakh-Karabakh and has recently established military control.
The Armenians need to recognise their loss, no one is going to fight on their claims to land no government recognises as Armenian.
So, do you feel about Russias annexation of Crimea. It was, in fact, historically Russian for several hundred years. Contemporary borders in no way diminishes the historical lands of Armenia. No matter how much you yearn for that to be true.
I have no feeling about Russia’s annexation of Crimea.
The same about Artsakh, if the Armenians take it or lose it, it does not matter to me.
In the cases of Artsakh and Crimea I think foreign powers should not get involved. And the countries should not ask for foreign intervention.
The Armenians should realise their loss and save lives by ceding Artsakh.
This discussion isn’t about saving Armenian lives it is about maintaining Armenian control over Artsakh and no foreign country will help Armenia in that goal, because there is no reason to do so, humanitarian or otherwise.
Azerbaijan is post-Soviet secularist, not “Muslim.” And Islamic Iran supports Armenia. So your Islamophobic analysis gets everything backward, as usual.