By Edmond Y. Azadian
Any objective analysis must seek a rational solution to intractable problems. News media and some government agencies may become more alarmist to dramatize certain critical situations. However, there are historic moments where the distinction between rationality and alarmism is blurred. That is the situation in Armenia today.
Recently, in this column, we quoted a statement from the president of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, which sounded a death knell for Armenia.
He specifically said that Armenia’s population is dwindling while Azerbaijan’s armed forces are growing. “We can wait until Armenia’s population is reduced to one million and then we can take over its territory,” he had said.
In that scenario, Azerbaijan does not need to use its recently-acquired modern weaponry, estimated to be worth $1.6 billion. Nor does it need to use the military drones supplied by Israel. Instead, the leadership in Baku is counting on a waiting game which is working in its favor.
The situation is similar to the demise of the Soviet Union. The nuclear arsenal of the US and all the western countries were unable to dismantle the Soviet empire, but internal decay caused that seemingly impervious empire to implode, without a single shot fired by the West.