Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict ‘has all the markings of an ongoing Christian genocide’
Thursday, November 19, 2020
Shushi’s Holy Savior Cathedral
Jihad Watch : The world yawns. This doesn’t fit the establishment media narrative, which holds that Muslims are always victims and Christians always aggressors, and so down the memory hole it will go.
“Experts: Armenia-Azerbaijan Conflict Is Christian Genocide Under the Pretext of War,” by Victor Gaetan, National Catholic Register, November 16, 2020:
Under the cover of a global pandemic, benefiting from
U.S. self-absorption during the presidential election, a battle that
raged for 44 days against a compact community of Armenians — some
150,000 people territorially enclosed by Azerbaijan — has ended. The region under siege is widely known as Nagorno-Karabakh, but its citizens voted to call it the Republic of Artsakh in 2017.
To educated observers and the victims themselves, this year’s
aggression has all the markings of an ongoing Christian genocide:
initiated by Ottoman Turks in 1895; intensified by the Young Turk Movement between 1915 and 1923; continued against Greeks in the 1950s; and now reignited as part of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s dream of restoring Ottoman power and territory. Evidence of genocide is especially petrifying to the Armenians
because it suggests Azerbaijan and Turkey will not stop until they’ve
“cleansed” this cradle of Christianity of its indigenous people.
Proof of the connection is startlingly overt: When Azerbaijan dropped a bomb on Oct. 8 through the dome of Shushi’s Holy Savior Cathedral (known to Armenians as Ghazanchetsots), one of the largest Armenian churches in the world, they targeted a sacred place damaged
in the notorious 1920 attack when Azerbaijani soldiers set the Armenian
half of the town on fire, killing, raping and driving out its
inhabitants. This past is hidden, and the intentional obliteration of Armenia’s Christian culture denied, by the powerful family that has controlled Azerbaijan for two generations, the Aliyevs….
Asked about Turkey’s motives, American Enterprise Institute defense
analyst Michael Rubin is blunt: “primarily, animus toward Armenians as a
people and Christianity as a religion.” Rubin told an IDF news conference that Erdogan has no historical
claim to Artsakh and no security excuse for fomenting war. Besides being
anti-Christian, his motives are political and nationalistic: “Turkey is
on the warpath, and it will get worse as Erdogan deflects attention
from his failing economy and nears the anniversary of the Turkish
republic” founded in 1923.
Aram Hamparian, executive director of the Armenian National Committee
of America, summarized, “What’s at stake here is Erdogan trying to
finish the work of 1915.” Recounting the Armenian peoples’ losses at Turkey’s hands as
“two-thirds of our people and nine-tenths of our territory,” Hamparian
reframed the current situation in the South Caucasus as “not a conflict
but a crime,” requiring a swift response from the West.
A representative of the Greek American community agreed. “We’re
approaching the centennial of a republic built on the bones and blood of
Today, Artsakh is an inconvenience to Turkey’s
idea of dominance in the region,” said Endy Zemenides, executive
director of the Hellenic American Leadership Council.