Being worried is not enough, Europe

This was a bleak week for all who hope for a peaceful solution to the prolonged conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan. — Thomas de Waal

ArmComedy wrote an excellent satire on the worthless statements of our European partners: Europe Calls on Armenia and Azerbaijan to Stop Axing Each Other’s Soldiers in Sleep. Sadly, this is very close to the realty. Neither the EU nor NATO have so far taken measures against the release of a convicted murderer except of saying that they are worried about it.

It’s not only that the pardon and heroization of Ramil Safarov has damaged the already fragile peace negotiations between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Indeed, even supporters of compromises and reconciliation between Armenians and Azerbaijanis are shocked and feel themselves  disillusioned. The question how can one ever support a peace treaty with a state where treaties can be cancelled with just an order from its president, is one we can’t find an answer on.

But that’s no only the issue. What happened does not only concern Armenia. It also concerns Europe and its security. A politically motivated and extremely brutal murder was committed in Europe, during a NATO course, and now the assasin is glorified and awarded in a third state.

It’s not something the EU or NATO should be just “worried about”. This is a real threat for EU and NATO which requires specific and resolute actions.

Does the world need to recognize the Armenian Genocide?

Does the world need to recognize the Armenian Genocide?
Does the world need to hear about the Armenian Genocide?

Do we, the Armenians, need that? Do we need to worry about (further) recognition? These are questions I often ask myself. Especially when it’s 24 April, or when, for instance, a country wants to criminalize the denial of Armenian Genocide.

Today I just realized that the Armenian Genocide is more than a horrible part of modern history: it’s something that we, humanity, can’t hold ourselves responsible for.

Many people feel responsible for the wars and violence in the world, even for wars which took place before they were born. You can often hear one saying that we people were so stupid to fight against each other, we killed each other.. Most people also feel responsible for poverty. We feel guilt and we blame ourselves for environmental pollution and deforestation, for making planet Earth sick.

But no one is able or wanting to feel responsible for a genocide, in particular the Armenian Genocide, even those who actually would apologize for it.

I think that’s because our inability to deeply accept that such thing could and has happened in our modern world.

So again: Does the world need to recognize the Armenian Genocide?