French-Armenians Should Welcome Aliyev in Paris as ‘Chief Hatchet Man’

Harut Sassounian

BY HARUT SASSOUNIAN

When President Ilham Aliyev arrives in Paris on Sept. 18, thousands of French-Armenians should greet Azerbaijan’s leader with posters depicting him as the “Hatchet Man-in-Chief”—Bash Baltaji—holding a bloody axe. Interestingly, in all three languages—Azeri, Hungarian, and Turkish—balta means hatchet or axe.

During the protest, French-Armenians should not waste their energy yelling out meaningless slogans, such as “Shame on Baku” or “Shame on Hungary.” Instead, they should deliver the crucial message that Artsakh (Karabagh) be recognized as an independent state, because its Armenian population cannot survive under a despotic regime that glorifies axe-wielding murderers.

Inadvertently, Hungary and Azerbaijan have done a huge favor for Armenians in extraditing and pardoning Lieutenant Ramil Safarov, who bludgeoned to death his sleeping Armenian classmate at a 2004 NATO course in Budapest. Numerous countries and international organizations have condemned Hungary and Azerbaijan for their unsavory actions. Armenians should capitalize on this sordid affair by holding demonstrations in every major city around the world, raising it in every international meeting, and filing lawsuits in European courts against Hungary, Azerbaijan, and NATO. Now that the axe-man’s release has generated worldwide sympathy for Armenians, and clear antipathy for Azerbaijanis, Armenia should take advantage of this narrow and fleeting window of opportunity to recognize Artsakh’s independence and urge others to follow suit. A Google search reveals that thousands of articles were written on this subject in the last 10 days, the overwhelming majority favoring Armenia and criticizing Azerbaijan.

Armenians should explain to the world the futility of holding peace negotiations with Azeri leaders who treat international agreements as toilet paper! The most recent example is the Aug. 15 letter by Azerbaijan’s deputy justice minister to his Hungarian counterpart, assuring him that Safarov would not be released if extradited to Baku. Two weeks later, the axe-man was not only freed, but promoted and rewarded by the Chief Baltaji, who is taking his cues from Turkish leaders on glorifying criminals and treating protocols as meaningless pieces of paper!

Turkish officials, however, are not too anxious to link their names to the odious behavior of Aliyev Jr. A spokesman for the Turkish Foreign Ministry issued a statement claiming that Turkey had nothing to do with Safarov’s extradition from Hungary, despite the murderer’s expression of gratitude for Turkey’s support after his arrival in Baku. Independent of its accuracy, the Turkish statement does confirm that Azerbaijan is isolated from the rest of the world and abandoned by the major powers—the United States, Russia, and France—all of which have condemned Safarov’s release.

In desperation, Azerbaijan’s intelligence services concocted a fake ASALA (Armenian Secret Army for the Liberation of Armenia) letter that threatens Azeri officials, so that Aliyev could regain the sympathy of world public opinion. The forged letter included statements that no Armenian would make, claiming, for example, that only 600,000 Armenians were killed during the Armenian Genocide—a false figure circulated only by denialist Turks and Azeris. No Armenian would ever minimize the enormous death toll from 1.5 million to 600,000! In response to this forgery, ASALA issued a statement rejecting the authenticity of the letter. Such fraudulent Azeri actions give credibility to rumors that Azerbaijan may consider “eliminating Safarov,” its “national hero,” in order to blame Armenians for his murder!

Ironically, Armenia defeated Hungary last Sunday to win the World Chess Championship held in Istanbul. Azerbaijan was in 10th place, while Turkey came in 48th. Armenians should be genuinely proud of this incredible accomplishment (for the third time!), but they should refrain from making disparaging remarks about people in other countries. There are good and bad individuals in every nation. Rather than harbor ill feelings toward the people of Hungary, Azerbaijan, or Turkey, Armenians should confront those who deny the Armenian Genocide, extradite a convicted criminal, or glorify an axe-murderer.

Tomris Azeri, the president of the Azerbaijan Society of America and co-founder of Pax Turcica Institute, suggested in an interview posted on News.az that rather than criticize Turkey, I should help resolve the Artsakh conflict! Mr. Azeri stated: “I sincerely wish that before authoring another Turcophobic ode, Mr. Harut Sassounian analyzes what can be done to resolve the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict.” My advice to Mr. Azeri is to not deny past crimes and to not commit new ones—with or without an axe—and then pursue peaceful solutions, instead of whipping up racist anti-Armenian mass hysteria by the Bash Baltaji and his cohorts.

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13 Comments

  1. danoog said:

    Harut is right. If there is anyone in the world left who believes that Artsakh can live peacefully under Azeri rule, this incident should prove otherwise. Azerbaijan is populated with genocidal extra-chromosome morons. Living in peace with Armenia is not on their agenda.

  2. Mike Mirakian said:

    Great idea! I’m all for having Harut on the group that tries to resolve the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict. Go Harut go! You’ve got my complete confidence that you’ll do a better job than the career diplomats on both sides, that have wasted the last 20 years.

  3. Alex said:

    Very nice article and conscious approach to this heavy news for an Armenian person to think clearly in their replies. How do we talk to Turkic Muslims that hate Armenian Christian for at least 2 centuries now, since wars of 1812? How do Armenians stop remembering (97 years) so they can begin healing (None) and begin to trust their Turkic Muslim neighbors? There is no nation in the history that went through turmoil times like Armenians have, and the Jewish factor is drop of water in the lake of pain that is the Armenian Lake of tragedy throughout history. There are many more that are not in any history book, because they were never allowed to be talked about or erased from memory. Countless massacres and mini genocides suffer by our people.

  4. albert said:

    The Azeris have demonstrated to the world that they are a barbaric state.The Azeris are so stupid that they can’t even create a believable forgery. Don’t forget that Azeris are a bunch of BORATS. Aliev should change his name to Borat.

  5. George said:

    From head th toe the President Aliyev and His Family are corrupt and Idiotic, however they are wellcome to visit France, OIL makes miracles

  6. robert said:

    <<During the protest, French-Armenians should not waste their energy yelling out meaningless slogans, such as “Shame on Baku” or “Shame on Hungary.”<<

    I agree. What shame? They are shameless!

    <<Now that the axe-man’s release has generated worldwide sympathy for Armenians, and clear antipathy for Azerbaijanis, Armenia should take advantage of this narrow and fleeting window of opportunity to recognize Artsakh’s independence and urge others to follow suit.<<

    We should never wait for sympathy. Armenia should have proclaimed Artsakh as part of Armenia right after the war. What is "NKR", anyway?

    <<Armenians should explain to the world the futility of holding peace negotiations with Azeri leaders who treat international agreements as toilet paper!<<

    Indeed. The best way to do that is that Sarkisyan stops lunching with the terrorist Baltaji Aliyev.

    <<Independent of its accuracy, the Turkish statement does confirm that Azerbaijan is isolated from the rest of the world and abandoned by the major powers—the United States, Russia, and France—all of which have condemned Safarov’s release.<<

    Turkey is a genocidal country whose ultimate goal is the removal of what is left of Armenia. Safarov was illegaly stationed on northern Cyprus where he was trained by Turkish occupants. We all know the evil of Turkey.

    As for international sympathy, we shouldn't count on it. The West has clearly shown that it is ready to sacrifice us for Azeri oil, just like it sacrificed us in 1915. Therefor Armenia has no other choice but to nurture – and improve – its alliance with Russia and its good relations with Iran.

    If Armenia takes up its diplomatic relations with Hungary after a month, a year, a decade, then the world will interpret this as a sign of lack of belief in the own cause. Therefor, we should never re-establish relations with Hungary again. Not in the forseeable future. Hungary doesn't need us, and we don't need Hungary.

    LONG LIVE ARMENIA

  7. Maxime Gauin said:

    “ that only 600,000 Armenians were killed during the Armenian Genocide—a false figure circulated only by denialist Turks and Azeris.”
    This figure is used in the Blue Book of Lord Bryce and Arnold J. Toynbee. Were there “denialist Turks” or “Azeris”?

    • Avery said:

      You are an AG Denialist. According to you Gauin-oglu, there was no Armenian Genocide: so you are not qualified to discuss anything about AG.

      And TodaysZaman outed you as an agent of the French Intelligence, who had infiltrated Turkish groups to keep an eye on them. You have no credibility. Go away.

      • Maxime Gauin said:

        “You are an AG Denialist. According to you Gauin-oglu, there was no Armenian Genocide: so you are not qualified to discuss anything about AG.”
        Are these sentences supposed to change magically the content of the Blue Book?

        “And TodaysZaman outed you as an agent of the French Intelligence, who had infiltrated Turkish groups to keep an eye on them.”
        On the basis of a fake report, which does not even include my name…
        And logically, if you really believe in that, you should congratulate me.

        “You have no credibility.”
        Not everybody shares your views: http://ejil.oxfordjournals.org/content/23/3.toc?etoc

  8. Alex Postallian said:

    When the ugly turk aliyev,arrives in Paris,dont waste your breath and energy in protest,nobody really cares,and he is too arrogant and stupid.Get a big cage,paint it yellow,like the stripe running up his back,put him in it,protest by throwing peanuts at the big monkey.

  9. A visitor said:

    How about, they don’t welcome him at all!

    He has a knife on his back throughout the EU!

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