By Edmond Y. Azadian
No matter what topic we choose today and no matter how festive a mood we pretend we are in, we cannot avoid expressing our sentiments about the brutal massacre of innocent children in Connecticut because the tragedy strikes a sensitive chord in all of us. It reminds us all of the traumatic experiences we all have faced as human beings. In the case of the Armenians, it brings back tragic events from our collective memory; we cannot help remembering the Armenian children loaded onto boats in Trabzon during the Genocide and drowned at sea.
While forensic experts, psychologists and the police try to unravel the motive behind the Connecticut massacre, no expertise is necessary to find a motive for drowning the Armenian children; that was part and parcel of a planned extermination of an entire nation.
Today, only a fragment of that nation is huddled in 10 percent of its historic homeland and is struggling to survive — 21 years of independence giving a new lease on life to a nation trying to make sense of 21stcentury realities.
One of those realities is holding presidential elections, observing democratic norms, all within the context of the political culture of the Caucasus.
The Caucasus region is a powder keg where major power interests converge and collide and any action by local actors may trigger uncontrollable conflagrations. Therefore, Armenia is treading carefully in a tug of war between the emerging Russian empire and Cold War veterans of the West who try to clip Russia’s budding wings.