GENOCIDE: What’s REALLY Going On With The Azerbaijan/Armenian Conflict?

Is our knee-jerk side-against-Russia reflex robbing us of our moral judgment here?

When we think of the term ‘genocide’ we typically think of things like horrors of Nazi Germany or conflicts like ones we saw in the former Yugoslavia and the Horn of Africa.

The origin of the term goes back further, to the mass murder of another group — the Armenians. It was coined by Raphael Lemkin, a Polish-born lawyer who had fled the persecution of the Holocaust and moved to the United States in 1941.

It was only after learning about the crimes that the Ottoman Empire committed against the Armenians during World War I, and about how the perpetrators of those crimes went unpunished, that he was inspired to act. He was outraged, and could not believe that there was no legal precedent for punishing perpetrators of such terrible crimes. Lemkin was the first person to describe the massacres of Ottoman Armenians as genocide. — FacingHistory

Armenians, who live on the same homeland as their ancestors for nearly 2000 years, live in a little pocket of land surrounded by Azerbaijan that is cut off from present day Armenia. Since December, they were being slowly starved to death as the only road into their territory has been blockaded by Azerbaijan.

Ethnic Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh agreed to a ceasefire brokered by Russian peacekeepers on Wednesday after Azerbaijan forces seized several strategic points in the territory that Armenians call the Republic of Artsakh, Reuters reports. The ceasefire went into effect at 1 p.m. local time on Wednesday.

The region is recognized internationally as part of Muslim-majority Azerbaijan even though it has a majority Armenian population. It’s been controlled by ethnic Armenians as the unrecognized Republic of Artsakh, a de facto independent state not recognized by the United Nations.

Under the terms of the agreement, separatist forces must completely disband and disarm. Meanwhile, Armenian troops must pull out of the region, although Armenia insists it doesn’t have forces in the territory.
Reports have conflicted on how many casualties resulted from the offensive. Armenian officials reported at least 32 people killed and 200 injured, including seven civilians. Meanwhile, a separatist official claimed on social media that over 200 were killed, including 10 civilians and five children, and 400 wounded.
Before the ceasefire, a Switzerland-based Christian human rights organization issued a genocide alert for 120,000 Armenian Christians in Nagorno-Karabakh following the full-scale military attack. — ChristianPost

American protesters are trying to get Western politicians to care about this genocide which is considered ‘imminent’.

Ratcheting up the tension and adding to the conflict’s death toll, an explosion at a gas station in Nagorno-Karabakh on Tuesday left scores of people dead or injured. Many of those killed were among the thousands of ethnic Armenians trying to flee the region. The cause of the blast remained unclear late Tuesday.

Joseph Kaskanian, a spokesman for the Armenian National Committee of America, said the rally was a call for support from both the GOP presidential candidates and the Biden administration. He said previous requests for aid had fallen on deaf ears.

“Not only is the Biden administration failing to address any of this stuff, the Biden administration is complicit in the genocide of Armenians,” Kaskanian told The Times.

Protesters at the rally carried signs demanding action and expressing anger at the Biden administration. — Yahoo

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