SECRET OF RECOGNITION BY THE WEST
- Ambassador of the United States to Armenia, John Heffern told Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty that the latest parliamentary elections have recorded essential progress for Armenia. Heffern noted at the same time that the bribery and the use of the administrative resources is still a problem and they will try helping Armenia overcome it. The ambassador noted that thanks to the work with the power, the opposition and other subjects involved in the election process, they are trying to do everything to record progress in this sphere. The position of the U.S. ambassador will cause discontent in many. Those, who are aware of the election frauds that happened during the election process, will surely be dissatisfied with the ambassador's statement. At the same time, it is not necessary to think that the U.S. diplomat does not know the details of the elections and can't imagine what happened in Armenia before and after the elections. But it would be too primitive to determine this position by the expediency for the U.S. of the illegitimacy of the Armenian authorities in order to be able to seize concessions from relating to foreign issues. The point is that in Armenia, especially the opposition, has been explaining the loyal attitude of the West towards the rigged elections in Armenia by this. This loyalty of the West has been present since 1995. Can the West have failed to take from the Armenian power what it wants during these almost 20 years? If something hinders the West, then it can go on hindering for another twenty years. The West can hardly be so naïve not to imagine that it is meaningless to resort to the same tactical starting points to assess the elections. The issue is different here. Sure, when building relations with Armenia, the West is led by its geopolitical interests. So is doing any normal country no matter if in the West or East, or anywhere else. Mostly normal countries are in the West, consequently, it is natural that they are led by their interest when building relations with Armenia. The question is whether these interests match the state and public interest of Armenia. In this case, the most part of them matches since the idea of the constitutional and legal state is lying under the interest. While, for Armenia, this is perhaps the only way to reach a high competition and defense level in the country. Here the issue is that for Armenia and first of all for the Armenian society, it is no worth narrowing the perception of the interests of Western countries proceeding from home political issues, hence narrowing also the possibility of Armenia to maneuver. After all, when serving their interests, the Western countries take into account the bases in Armenia - public psychology, thinking and ideas. Consequently, they need to be wide possible, at least in terms of the Western interest, so that Armenia can have some influence on the process of serving and formation of foreign interest. Otherwise, narrowing the frame of being interesting to the world, we deprive ourselves of at least the psychological potential of being or doing, while this is the first condition for being and doing. So, the finding the explanation of the West's attitude to our elections in declaration of narrow expectations, the political forces impact negatively on the so-called creative base of the public potential in Armenia, limiting it. After all, in terms of recognition of the election exist, the attitude of the people and the society is important. When the society recognizes the result, even by indifference, then it is secondary whether the West will or won't do the same. Foreign countries understand this fact too being aware of how the political subjects, and the decisive players are. The Western attitude is perhaps formed taking into account all this and combining it with the criminal-oligarchic cobweb, which includes oppositional forces as well, which, willingly or unwillingly, appeared in it which sees the only optimal way of its participation in the changes as a stage by stage destruction of the web and not its cutting. Not only home realities but also the fact that this system has an influential sponsor in the face of Russia, plays an important role. Under these conditions, the political and expert elites perhaps understand that the tough assessments will just influence the further working possibilities making reach a deadlock not the system but themselves. HAKOB BADALYAN
© AUAToday in Armenian history
- 325 The First Ecumenical Council in Nicea. It adopts the "Nicean Creed".
- 1817 Thanks to the efforts of the public figure Krtsheekyan, Rashid and Ali pashas received the Sultan's confirmation for two meetings of the Armenian Patriarchate of Constantinople. The first was a Spiritual Meeting with fourteen members and the second was a Supreme Meeting with twenty members. This confirmation led to the eventual proclamation of a National Constitution.
- 1892 Birth of Hamo Beknazaryan (actor, film director). He died in 1965.
- 1915 Victorious outcome of the one-month defense of Van (Western Armenia).
- 1969 Death of writer Arsen Yerkat.