By Edmond Y. Azadian
In present-day Armenian life, there are favorite targets which many people enjoy hitting to gain notoriety. No one tries to argue against those cheap shots, fearing being identified with those targets. This writer does not intend to be an apologist for those targets, but in an atmosphere of chaos, one is legitimately entitled to seek the positive, to propose the constructive and above all, to ask what would be our ultimate purpose after we destroy infrastructures, leaderships and symbols.
Armenia has been conducting a viable diplomacy, the best possible under its circumscribed conditions. Of course, diplomacy is most successful when it is supported by guns. For example, the US conducts its foreign policy at the butt of guns and we arrive always at the conclusion of La Fontaine that “The reasoning of the strongman is always the best.”
Armenia’s foreign policy cannot always achieve its goals and it remains vulnerable to criticism. That is why many irresponsible people take pot shots without being able to supplant that policy with guns.
Armenians have a destructive gene in their system. They cried for six centuries about their lost independence. Yet, once that independence has been restored, they muster all their energies to destroy that imperfect homeland rather than use those energies to improve it and make it viable.
Armenia is located in one of the nerve centers of the world. It is surrounded and threatened by its enemies. The leaders navigate the country through troubled waters. They may not be paragons of statesmanship but to repeat ad nauseam the mantra that they are corrupt is not any indication of patriotism. There is a zeal to destroy the corrupt government which could be justified if it did not reach a hysterical level, and, above all, if it could be accompanied by alternative recommendations.