Crantag wrote:That seemed very one-sided (pro-Armenia partisan) and propagandistic.
On the factual front, the main question I had was how they portrayed the residence of Nargona Karabakh as welcoming Armenian invasion in the early 1990s war. I don't doubt that a contingency of Armenians living there would have welcomed an invasion, but I question the scope of these sentiments among the residents, as my understanding is that the majority of the current residents side with Azerbaijan. Again, this is my understanding, I am not certain. But anyone should be able to recognize the slanted nature of that video, which is the general way of Western media foreign conflict coverage. I have no doubt that ABC News was given the script by the Pentagon.
There was no "Armenian invasion of Nagorno Karabakh (NK)". The historical overview presents the Armenian view, but there is no doubt that NK has been Armenian for centuries. They are the natives of NK. If Azerbaijan were to conquer NK, the natives would be killed or expelled. You have the choice between ethnic cleansing and genocide. Considering that Turkey never recognized the genocide of more than 1 million Armenians a century ago, it is totally unacceptable that the Turks now promote a 2nd genocide. It's as if Germany were to bombard Israel to finish the holocaust.
The Soviet Administration treated NK as part of the autonomous region of Azerbaijan, but that is an internal Soviet matter that creates no precedent for international law. Immediately after the collapse of the SU, the citizens of NK fought for independence. Without the SU, the Armenians of NK wanted to be independent just like the Azerbaijanis wanted to be independent. Why accept independence for the latter but not for the former?
Due to its oil resources, Azerbaijan has a lot more firepower, but Armenia has the international opinion on its side because:
1) Armenians were the victims of a genocide still denied by Turkey.
2) The Armenian diaspora that grew up as a result of the genocide has a powerful voice.
3) Turkey sparked this round of fighting in its imperialistic neo-Ottoman project.
4) Turkey sent jet fighters and Islamist fighters to the conflict.
5) Azerbaijan is a dictatorships while Armenia is a democracy.
6) International media can only report from Armenia. Turkish media reports from Azerbaijan, but Turkey has no press freedom either.
7) This is one of the last remaining Christian enclaves in the region which still resists capture by Islamist fighters. One doesn't have to be Christian to disapprove of violent Islamist conquest.
I'm impartial in this conflict. I believe that Azerbaijan needs to accept the independence of NK in exchange for Azerbaijani territory occupied by Armenia. Both sides also need to accept corridors for the citizens of the other side to travel between the mainland and their respective enclaves surrounded by the other side.