LOVING AND HATING ABSURD
- The French Senate's Law Commission found the bill by MP Valerie Boyer penalizing the denial of the Armenian genocide anti-constitutional. As we know, the lower chamber of the French National Assembly heard the bill on December 22, and the Senate is to consider it on January 23. Prior to the consideration by Senate, the Law Committee made a negative assessment of the bill. It is hard to say how this assessment will influence the vote to the bill in the plenary session of the Senate. But the interesting thing is that the bill is negatively assessed when it already seemed that both the ruling authorities and the leftist opposition support it. If so, how come the Law Committee disagrees with the voting? The Committee is composed of representatives of the same authorities and opposition. What a surprise is France preparing? Will it adopt or reject the bill while everyone is sure it will be adopted? The Senate has already rejected an Armenian genocide bill once adopted by the Parliament's Lower Chamber in 2011. Now the Senate is believed not to reject the bill because in a couple of months presidential elections will be held in France, and the votes of the Armenian community are important to both the acting president Sarkozy and his main opponent Holland. Isn't the importance of the Armenian votes exaggerated? According to different counts, there are 500 thousand Armenians in France. And this number will surely not be so significant in the total number of voters unless the competitors receive equal votes. But the issue is something else. The point is that France is a geopolitical leader and now it seems to be seriously engaged in the enhancement of its geopolitical weight. In such countries, pleasing ethnic minorities cannot be seen as a basis for important political decisions, especially if the point is about such a decision of significance and influence not only on domestic life but also the foreign affairs of the country. So, perhaps it would be illusive to think France will not reject the bill just to please the Armenian community. I do not mean that France will reject the bill but the participation of the Armenian community in the adoption or rejection of the bill, strange though it may seem, is symbolic, though lots of organizations are really devoted and committed and make considerable efforts to achieve success. It is just necessary to be rational and in this case the main conclusion will be drawn: Armenia's behavior towards France and the French people should not be determined by the destiny of the Armenian bill. Instead of relying on a country and government, Armenia and the Armenians should have no illusions and excited expectations. Otherwise, the rejection of the bill would lead to anti-French moods which would be absurd. Armenia would hardly benefit from loving or hating countries for the Armenian issue. It would be bad of France to reject the bill because the country will undergo Turkish threats and blackmail. This impression will surely be formed in the world and will hardly boost the implementation of France's geopolitical plans. But this is France's business because Armenia has its issues in the solution of which France has participated, and it will always remain an important partner and friend. France knows better how to solve its issues. HAKOB BADALYAN
© AUAToday in Armenian history
- 1868 Birth of the national public figure and diplomat Tigran Kelekyan in Caesaria. The Shah of Persia awarded him the title of Khan and appointed him ambassador in the USA. After the Genocide of the Armenians by the Turks in Adana (1909), he founded the Kelekyan Orphanage. He also assisted Matisse, Picasso, Braque, and the Ladies' School Assistance Committee.
- 1870 Birth of actor Grigor Avetian. He died in 1946.
- 1910 Birth of Hrachia Kochar (writer). He died in 1965.
- 1918 The "Word of the Worker" newspaper is published in Baku.
- 1920 The First Conference of Armenian Communist Organizations takes place in Yerevan.
- 1920 The Paris Peace Conference recognizes, de facto, the Republic of Armenia.