By Edmond Y. Azadian
After the four-day war in April on the contact line with Azerbaijan, almost one hundred victims were buried but not the worries that were left behind; on the contrary, the concerns and the weaknesses rose to the surface to be discussed publicly.
When the dust settled, it turned out that 809 square meters of territory was lost to the enemy. Government supporters dismissed the importance of the loss as strategically insignificant. And since the war aroused patriotic fervor, some true patriots, along with a few demagogues, maintained that the loss of even one centimeter is intolerable.
When the outcry became louder about the misappropriation of the military funds allocated to the army, heads began to roll among the military brass.
Some politicians began to extract mileage out of the tragedy by blaming the government; “Russia’s large-scale arms sales to Azerbaijan changed the Armenian-Azerbaijani military balance and greatly facilitated the April 2 outbreak of heavy fighting around Nagorno-Karabagh,” former President Robert Kocharian said, and blamed the Armenian government for failing to thwart the deal.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s visit in the aftermath of the flare-up did not bring any clarity to the situation; it only helped to quell anti-Russian sentiments, which were getting out of hand.