By Edmond Y. Azadian
The Turkish government has floated another trial balloon to wreak havoc among Armenians. In a short period of time Turkey made three calculated moves in succession to create chaos and bitter in-fighting among Armenians, savoring the fruit of its actions in view of the confusion created among Armenians.
After taking over the historic Armenian homeland and murdering 1.5 million indigenous Armenians, Turkey can easily manipulate the remnants of its victims who are at a loss to demonstrate national will and unanimity.
The first political balloon was the issue of the Protocols, which raised hopes among some Armenians and successfully duped the international community.
The second balloon was the election of a coadjuter patriarch in Istanbul. The Turks encouraged the formation of two committees, the Religious Council and the Election Committee, dividing the Istanbul Armenians into two opposing camps and then manipulating the “election” of Bishop Aram Atesian as coadjutor patriarch, an unprecedented position in the history of the Armenian Patriarchate. Altough this “election” is being challenged in the courts, Bishop Atesian is returning the favors, by dancing to the tunes of the Turkish authorities.
Now the third balloon is the proposed performance of Divine Liturgy at Holy Cross Armenian Cathedral on the island of Akhtamar in Van.