By Edmond Y. Azadian
“Am I the last poet? Am I the last singer [singing the praise] of my country?” wondered the poet Vahan Teryan in the aftermath of the Genocide. It was a doomsday situation which led the poet to such a degree of desperation.
Armenia has gone through many catastrophic experiences throughout its turbulent history, but it has survived, sometimes miraculously, by the turn of unforeseen events.
Today the most optimistic people have only that mysterious force to pin their hope on. Otherwise the country is once again on the verge of that doomsday situation.
Finger-pointing, lamenting, expressing anger and frustration are no remedy for the situation. A sincere national soul searching would be a timely approach.
People have been wondering what happened to the long and arduous road to independence. Were the dreams and struggles of six centuries only to see Armenia free and independent in today’s situation?