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  • #31
    Re: politics

    We have problems.
    Many problems.
    Serious problems.
    But those in a position to solve them
    prefer to write their memoirs.
    Their fathers and grandfathers wrote memoirs.
    Now it’s their turn.
    Why memoirs?
    The obvious answer must be,
    to misrepresent and explain their failures
    as triumphs of creative thinking.
    To convince themselves and their readers
    they are not to blame.
    They did their utmost.
    They did what was expected of them
    as selfless servants of the community
    and as men of vision.
    And if you believe that,
    you will believe anything!
    When self-assessed smart operators
    are defeated in battle,
    they call it moral victory.


    • #32
      Re: politics

      Since neither of us is stupid or arrogant enough to assert infallibility, let us proceed from the assumption we may both be wrong.#


      • #33
        Re: politics

        If you lose a friend on account of political differences, it maybe because he wasn't a good friend to begin with. I speak from experience. I have lost several friends because in their view I was on the wrong side of a political issue and their side happened to be infallible. To them I say, “Good riddance!”


        • #34
          Re: politics

          In the same way that every simple object
          is composed of an infinite number
          of atomic and subatomic particles
          or bundles of energy, every occurrence
          is a result of countless actions and reactions
          some of which are destined to remain
          beyond our perception of reality.


          • #35
            Re: politics

            If I am a pessimist it may be because so far
            no one has proved beyond a shadow if a doubt
            that optimism is a morally or politically superior stance.
            For 600 years we lived as optimists
            and completely ignored the warnings
            of more objective observers.
            Zohrab behaved like an optimist
            when he thought he was invulnerable
            because he enjoyed Talaat’s friendship.
            Same with Mikoyan who, however, was
            smart enough to sleep with a revolver
            under his pillow.
            I too behave like an optimist
            when I operate on the assumption
            the written word is a useful tool
            of communication and completely ignore
            the fact that throughout our millennial history
            we have consistently ignored those among us
            who spoke up against fragmentation,
            intolerance and tribalism.


            • #36
              Re: politics

              ON GENOCIDE
              Why do Turks and Americans
              find it difficult to speak the word
              The answer must be obvious by now.
              The perpetrators were not Turks
              and their victims were not Armenians.
              They – or we – were all half-Turks,
              or if you prefer, half-Armenians.


              • #37
                Re: politics

                In dialectic or dialogue there are no final answers, only a step in the right direction.


                • #38
                  Re: politics

                  NOTES / COMMENT
                  No one likes to speak
                  of half-Armenians and half-Turks
                  because no one wants to be accused
                  of bastardizing a nation.
                  Before you adopt a belief system or ideology,
                  study its history and count the number of its victims;
                  and remember, it was in the name of patriotism
                  that we were massacred.
                  Like all leaders ours too
                  speak with a forked tongue.
                  They speak “united we stand,”
                  but practice “divided we fall.”
                  They exploit our complexes
                  and contradictions as opposed
                  to exposing them.
                  With Armenians like these,
                  who needs Turks?


                  • #39
                    Re: politics

                    Some of my readers think I say strange, unorthodox, unpatriotic things because they have not read our writers. It is almost as if they were equating Armenianism with total ignorance of Armenian literature. They remind me of Catholics who are not encouraged to read the Bible lest they misunderstand it.


                    • #40
                      Re: politics

                      Patriotic historiography has as much validity as patriotic chemistry, physics, or mathematics.