Azerbaijan’s ongoing aggression against Armenia began more than a week ago, but has not been widely covered by the mainstream media. Of special interest is the fact that Turkey has funded the movement of ISIS mujahideen from Syria to the Caucasus to act as mercenaries for Azerbaijan.
Armenian Americans for Human Rights (AAHR) was founded in Massachusetts in early 2018. Its chair is David Boyajian, a number of whose essays have appeared in the past at Gates of Vienna (see the list at the bottom of this post).
Below is a press release issued yesterday by AAHR.
Map: Regions of the Caucasus (See Note 6)
AAHR Calls for an Immediate End to Aggression Against Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabagh) and Armenia
We strongly condemn the latest aggression by Azerbaijan against the Republic of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabagh) and the Republic of Armenia.
On Sunday morning, September 27, 2020, Azerbaijan flagrantly violated a negotiated ceasefire by launching a massive, unprovoked attack on Artsakh and Armenia.
In Azerbaijan, the NATO member Turkey has deployed and is using its own armed forces and advanced arms, including American-supplied weapons such as F-16 jets, to attack Artsakh/Armenia.
Using American-supplied weapons for other than self-defense is a grave violation of American law for which the United States must bear full responsibility.
Azerbaijan and Turkey have been deliberately targeting innocent civilians, schools, and homes in Artsakh, resulting in hundreds of deaths and injuries, including those of children.
Turkish President Erdogan and his country have no business intruding into this conflict — particularly on the side of the aggressor.
For years, Israel has been selling billions of dollars in armaments, including advanced attack drones, to Azerbaijan for use against Armenians. Israeli personnel have even fired such weapons against Armenians.
Israel is now resupplying these weapons to Azerbaijan.
This is not surprising, because Israel, which demands worldwide acknowledgement of the Holocaust, has always refused to acknowledge the Armenian Genocide committed by Turkey from 1915-1923.
Leading Jewish American organizations (ADL, AJC, AIPAC, and others) had long colluded with Turkey and Israel to deny/diminish the Armenia Genocide and/or actively defeat Armenian Genocide resolutions in the U.S. Congress.
For years, Israel has also been guiding Jewish writers to publish falsehoods about Armenia, Artsakh, and Armenians.
The American people and the international community will ultimately not tolerate such hypocrisy.
Consistent with American interests and values, for nearly 30 years America and the American people have generously provided economic, charitable, and political support to Armenia and Artsakh, which also have excellent relations with the European Union.
Armenia participates in NATO’s Partnership for Peace and has supported the U.S. in Afghanistan.
America, the European Union, and NATO must act now, not merely talk, to stop Azeri/Turkish aggression.
Artsakh and Armenia are democracies. Azerbaijan is headed by dictator Ilham Aliyev, and, like Turkey, imprisons political opponents and journalists.
America is now energy independent. It need not sell itself to corporate interests whose only goal is profiting from Azerbaijan’s gas and oil deposits.
Azerbaijan has threatened to bomb Armenia’s Metsamor nuclear power plant, a crime against humanity that would spread radiation throughout the world.
Turkey has now sent jihadist terrorists from Syria, Libya, and elsewhere to Azerbaijan to fight against Armenians.
Former ISIS commander Sayf Balud is going to Azerbaijan, courtesy of President Erdogan.
This continues Turkey’s practice of supporting terrorist organizations such as ISIS.
The U.S. State and Defense Departments as well as Congress should be embarrassed that they have long turned a blind eye to Turkey’s support for terrorists — thereby making a mockery of America’s “Global War on Terror.”
In the early 1990s, Azerbaijan deployed Afghan Mujahedin, Chechen militants, Turkish Grey Wolf neo-fascists, and others to fight Armenians.
Perhaps not surprisingly, given his financial investments in Turkey and deep ties to the corrupt Erdogan family, President Trump is ignoring Turkey’s support for terrorist factions, aggression against Armenians (and others), and illegal use of American-supplied weapons.
Similarly, the Democratic Party and its presidential nominee Joe Biden have said little about Turkish and Azeri aggression against Artsakh/Armenia. This implicitly aligns Mr. Biden and Democrats with President Trump with whom they allegedly disagree on issues involving Turkey and Erdogan.
Artsakh is Armenian
In 1921, the Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin and Bolsheviks used “divide and rule” tactics to place Artsakh inside Azerbaijan, even though Artsakh was Armenian and Armenians constituted 95% of the population.