Monday, April 28, 2008

Pashinian: The Regime of Mercenaries

Another Pashinian jab to Kocharian's kidney. Pashinian so totally cleans up the floor with Kocharian that I am reminded of Gokor vs. Mr. Mayeda.

The Regime of Mercenaries
April 17, 2008

In the evening of February the 3rd or 4th, 1998, while speaking about the President of the Republic of Armenia's (RA), Levon Ter-Petrossian's, resignation, Boris Yeltsin, President of the Russian Federation (RF), made an interesting statement. He said he had spoken to Levon Ter-Petrossian days before the resignation and offered him help, but the President of Armenia had refused it.

As you have no doubt guessed, the occasion for remembering this ten-year-old news is Serzh Sargsyan's public thanks to Putin, President of the RF in Moscow, for, to put it in Serzh Sargsyan's terms, the assistance he extended to him and Robert Kocharian during the pre-election and post-election periods. Serzh Sargsyan virtually thanked Putin for his assistance in the business of acquiring the RA and killing its citizens. These two, at first glance unimportant, examples clearly reveal both the situation that Armenia finds itself in today, and the alternative that it has.

In the last ten years the people in power have often sang the praises of the state and its gains and used them against opposers; in reality, however, they've been interested in the preservation of their own power and wealth, only. And in all this time they've but reduced the state to a common outpost [Russian: форпост]. On one occasion, Kocharian stated that the EU is not a politburo [1]. It turns out that Kocharian left his statement half finished: he should have completed the sentence by stating that, for him, the politburo remains in Moscow, as always. This [statement by Kocharian] is basically a verification of the tragic truth that [the mentality of] a man who has led Armenia for ten years has not grown beyond that of a provincial factory's party-committee [Russian: партком]. And, in spite of this, his entourage has decided to count him as one among the rank of cosmic leaders. What can be said about this? History will itself decide whether to remember or not remember Kocharian. And if it remembers, where will it place the emphases in the remembrance? Let us note, however, that history does not remember or remembers with contempt those leaders who ask for the assistance of others against their own people. And, by the way, Serzh Sargsyan shares this honor and glory equally [with Kocharian].

P.S. When Levon Ter-Petrossian characterized the movement that he leads as a national liberation movement, some thought it an exaggeration. Clearly, however, the Kocharian-Sargsyan leadership is playing the role of a mercenary whose purpose is to keep Armenia and the Armenian people in a state of brokered occupation.

1. Meaning the EU as a political entity transcending individual states does not control them, the states.


tzitzernak said...

Thank you so much for these translations - they are very important, and extremely well done!

Ani said...

The current "New York Review of Books" has a good article on Putin/Medevev. The final few sentences can resonate for Armenia:

"When the Marquis de Custine traveled around Russia in 1839, he observed...: 'Russia is a nation of mutes; some magician has changed sixty million men into automatons.' Some Russians say that their compatriots have become once again a 'nation of mutes,' who sit glued to the state-dominated television absorbing the continuous propaganda glorifying their leaders. Perhaps. But as one Russian liberal commented recently, 'nations are mute only for a time. Sooner or later the day of discussion arises.'

The Day of Discussion has come in Armenia.