Urge the Government to prevent the 2nd Armenian Genocide by Turkey & Azerbaijan
Urge the Government to prevent the 2nd Armenian Genocide by Turkey & Azerbaijan
One hundred five years ago, 1.5 million Armenians were brutally abused, killed, and raped by the Ottoman Empire. At the time, there was no real conflict between Armenia and Turkey except for their religious differences. The Ottoman Turks, in their attempt to eradicate Christians and convert all of them captives to Muslims, carried out the Armenian Genocide. Their goal was not only to rid the caucuses of Christians and to eliminate the first Christian nation, but also to spread their empire and conquer all of the caucuses, a plan now referred to pan-Turkism. After planning for years they found the perfect opportunity to strike--World War One. Between 1915 and 1918, 1.5 millions Armenians were slaughtered and the Turks were successful in conquering all of Western Armenia. Many Armenians fled to neighboring countries, and some even fled across the globe. After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, Armenia's neighboring country, Azerbaijan attacked Nagorno-Karabakh (Artaskh) in hopes of regaining the land that Stalin gifted them in 1918. The war went on for 5 years until both sides agreed to a ceasefire. Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) has been home to multiple famous Armenian churches for over two thousand years, much older than the 102 year old country of Azerbaijan. Shushi, Gandzasar, and Dadivanq churches have been in the region for thousands of years with Armenian letters and writing engraved in their walls. The United States government needs to stop Azerbaijan and Turkey from committing a second Armenian Genocide before more families are broken apart and more young and innocent lives are taken in Turkey and Azerbaijan’s mission of wiping out the Christian population of Armenia.
On September 27, 2020 Azerbaijan broke the 1993 ceasefire agreement and attacked civilian settlements in Artsakh, trying to finish what they had started in the war in 1988. They attacked Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) in hopes of an easy defeat, but were met with heavy resistance and strong defense by the young Armenian soldiers. As of October 30, over one thousand young soldiers have passed away in this month long war. Azerbaijan is not only fighting a military war that they initiated, but is also committing war crimes by targeting civilian settlements in Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) with illegal weapons and machinery. Stepanakhert, the capital city of Artsakh, has been so heavily bombed that almost nothing has been left standing under the rubble and destruction. Azerbaijan claims that the land is theirs yet they are destroying it with illegal cluster bombs and white phosphorus. Mothers are sending their 18-21 year old sons off to war not knowing if their son is going to come back home or even be able to contact them while fighting on the front lines. Families are forced to evacuate into bomb shelters with no food, electricity, or water. Azerbaijan has even committed a war crime of skinning a 19-year-old prisoner of war alive and dismembering his body. On the other hand, Armenian doctors are using their limited medical supplies to perform surgeries on wounded prisoners of war and heal them. The Azeris flaunt their aggressive behavior all over social media, yet the rest of the world is still debating whether Azerbaijan is really the aggressor. According to Zartonk Media “60-Year-Old Sergey Balayan was killed today in Artsakh’s Aknaghbyur village as a result of Azerbaijan’s indiscriminate shelling of civilian villages and settlements. Six other civilians were also wounded,” another example of the innumerable war crimes Azerbaijan has committed. Their goal is to wipe out all Armenians and completely rebuild what they think is theirs. The Armenian Diaspora has and continues to do everything in their power to raise money and spread awareness about the ongoing war. There have been many peaceful protests, fundraisers, and memorial gatherings. There is no doubt that the Armenian community is doing everything they can, yet the government remains silent and releases generic statements with no actions to follow or enforce these statements. Armenia is currently under genocide watch, due to aggression from the Azerbajian side. According to the Genocide Watch organization, “67,000 Azerbaijani troops invaded Artsakh; Aliyev wants “liberation” of “occupied” territory.” Children's hospitals, homes, schools, and countless other buildings have been bombed by missiles and drones from Azerbaijan, yet these war crimes are still going unnoticed by the United States government. There is a second genocide happening in Armenia yet no other country is talking about it. There have been three ceasefires in the past month in an effort to stop the war and begin diplomatic negotiations, but each attempt has been ignored by the Azerbaijani side every time, within minutes. Each time, the Azerbaijani side takes advantage of the ceasefire and bombs many more villages and towns when the Armenians are not expecting it. The United States government needs to give Azerbajian major consequences if they continue to hurt and torture innocent Armenians. This is a simple humanitarian issue, innocent people are dying and the international community needs to speak up about it. In the book Getashen written in 1991 about the first Nagorno-Karabakh war, it says “SOS SOS SOS, they are raping us, they are killing our children, they are invading our homes and making us watch them murder our loved ones… I managed to escape but I cannot bear this pain anymore.” This is a primary source of what the Azeris did to Armenians during the first Nagorno-Karabakh war in 1988. What is stopping them from doing the same thing again this year? My father was fighting the war in 1991 and he tells me countless ways Azerbaijan showed their aggression. “History is slowly repeating itself,” my father says during the interview I held with him. Mamalashvili describes the horrific stories of families being killed in their sleep and children watching their siblings brutality murdered.
The international media, which is completely blocked from sending journalists to Azerbaijan to observe and report the situation taking place. Azerbaijan is slowly trying to “finish what their grandfathers started'', which Ilham Aliyev (Azerbaijan’s President) stated. Mike Pompeo, the United States foreign minister, helped negotiate another ceasefire between the two countries on October 23rd, which was once again violated by Azerbaijan within five minutes. If the United States does not act upon this clear violation of a legally binding ceasefire agreement, it shows the entire international community that the United States is weak and does not care about stopping terrorism, and gives Turkey and Azerbaijan the power to pose a threat to the United States. The United States needs to act and attempt to the best of its capabilities and resources to prevent Turkey and Azerbaijan from committing a second genocide of the Armenian people.
The war needs to end before it is too late. Armenia is a small populated country and in a month thousands of soldiers, and innocent people have died. At this rate, the Armenian population will be wiped away before we know it. Critics may argue that it is not considered a genocide as of yet, but they have not seen or experienced what is really going on. The Prime Minister of Armenia, Nikol Pashinyan even tweeted on October 31st that Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) is under Azerbaijan control, which is a crucial phase of a genocide. Despite all the videos, photos, and interviews of Azeri prisoners of war and Syrian mercenaries taken as prisoners of war by Armenia, people are still debating whether Azerbaijan is really the aggressor, leaving Armenians all alone in their fight for justice.
The United States government must stop Turkey and Azerbajian from committing a second Armenian genocide. Innocent people are suffering and losing loved ones due to Azerbaijan's aggression. The world needs to hear us and help us! This is a humanitarian crisis! Do not let history repeat itself!