BY HENRY D. ASTARJIAN M.D.
Both spiral, interwoven, and creating conflict; one helix appears to be real and good, the other real but sinister victimizing Hillary Clinton in the hands of the State Department reactionaries who set the direction of our foreign policies. I feel sorry for her!
This is how Hillary, our Secretary of State appeared on her most recent visit to Armenia; Her State Department advisers had devised a protocol for her visit, which in essence insulted the memory of a million and a half martyrs, and the sensibility, and the intelligence of the Armenian people.
On the one hand Hillary expressed her real personal feelings about the Armenian Genocide, but couldn’t articulate it except by putting a dozen fresh-cut roses at the Memorial flame, as if she was appreciating a soprano’s performance. On the other hand she cow- towed to the Turks by half assed ceremony in Dzidzernagapert, the Yad Vashem of the Armenians; Hillary sent a wreath with a sash reading “Hillary Rodham Clinton” carried by two Armenian ceremonial guards without her ushering it and without bowing. From a distance she dangled her head, as if respecting a corps. She wore no hat or a scarf without which she could not have entered Yad Vashim. In fact Israel would not have accepted an official visit by a high ranking representative of a major country who was on a mission to come to Israel without first agreeing to wear a yarmulke and visit the memorial of the Holocaust. Our weaklings in power were so honored by Hillary’s visit that the American imposed restrictions did not matter; after all the United States had appropriated $40 million for the fiscal year 2011, the price of two bottles of Coca Cola, all right Pepsi.
The arrangement called for absence of high ranking Armenian officials lest the event be construed as the “Official recognition” of the Genocide by the United States. The visit was considered a private one.
The entire ceremony reflected a tragic comedy where the actors adhered to the script of the play disbelieving it while performing on stage. The video displayed the fallacy of the production, and the phoniness of the script writer, the producer, the director and the actors. The State Department should be ashamed of itself for producing such a flop of a scenario. But that is neither strange nor unprecedented for the State Department’s Middle East Desk; they continue initiating and pursuing simplistic strategies for complex problems victimizing in the process their boss, as well as the President, and ultimately the interests of the United States.
When is the State Department, and ultimately the White House, going to understand that the issue of the Genocide is not subject to interpretations?
When are they going to understand that the independence of Karabagh is not negotiable? When are they going to understand that they can not support both sides of an argument and be right: if Palestinians of 1948 can not return to their homes in present day Israel because it will alter the demographic makeup of the Jewish State, how can they negotiate and support return of Azeris to Armenian Karabagh without changing its demographic makeup?
Hillary’s visit to the Caucasus is posted as an effort to propel the peace process forward. Good luck; it is a wishful thinking on her part because it is based on fallacy. America is interested in controlling the region and its oil rather than the welfare of its inhabitants. America puts pressure on Armenia and sides with Azerbaijan because Azeri oil will not flow if Karabagh issue is not solved to their advantage. Turkey will not come to line; will not establish normal relations with Armenia if Azerbaijan is not satisfied, Azerbaijan will not be satisfied if Karabagh is not subjugated to her and if Azeri refugees do not return to Karabagh. By controlling the region, the U.S. hopes to contain Iran from the north.
In all this the United States policy is to employ its surrogate Turkey headed by Erdogan, (a man who has hammered the last nail in the coffin of secular Kemalism, and boosted political Islam) to implement its simplistic policies for the region.
Being a member of NATO he has blocked our war efforts in Iraq.
He has championed the Arab cause of “liberating Jerusalem” akin to Saladin.
Under his leadership and direction he has organized the Mavi Marmara “Humanitarian” offensive seemingly to help people of Gaza, neglecting the humanitarian needs of a big chunk of its own population, the Kurds. This is the man America trusts to help control the Middle East.
Our ally Turkey has refused to impose sanctions against Iran decided by the United Nations.
She has restricted Israeli military flights over its skies, and is threatening to sever diplomatic relations with Israel if Israel does not apologize and pay reparations to the victims of Mavi Marmara. How about Turkish reparations to the victims of the Armenian Genocide?
In all this, Hillary appears in Dzidzernagapert roses in hand, with double helix, one as Hillary Rodham Clinton, the human being, and one as an articulator of a failed State Department policy.