By Edmond Y. Azadian
It is the unwritten code of international relations that major powers will take an interest in the causes of weaker nations only if those causes can serve their interests. It took perhaps 50 years for Armenians to understand and accept this political postulation. We have always maintained that since the Armenian Genocide took place in full view of the international community, Armenians are entitled to some redress, while the most that the major powers can offer is charity or relief assistance, which of course, do not substitute for reparations.
Finally, we have come to realize that when there is a motion in the Israeli Knesset to recognize the Armenian Genocide, the underlying reason is that the Israeli government has some scores to settle with Turkey.
Similar scenarios have developed, and many may even develop in the future, in the US Congress, the French Parliament and elsewhere. And when the underlying causes dissipate, the interest in the Genocide issue mysteriously disappears.
Today we are facing the same issue with our strategic ally, Russia, in the wake of the Russian-Turkish standoff as a result of Russia’s SU-24 combat aircraft downed by the Turkish air force.
Tensions between the two countries rose to the boiling point and the parties began considering the reactions to hurt each other.