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Bitter Lessons Learned: Aftermath of Azerbaijanís Blitz Attack


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Posted 24 August 2016 - 12:46 AM

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The site of the downed helicopter in Artsakh

BY HRANT APOVIAN

The soul from within the body was calling, saying
“Do not lose your time anymore,
Your sacred memory has been written in heaven
Mountains and valleys are on the attack 
They are coming at you, to trample you under their feet
But your bravery, and the powers from heaven
In this world will leave your name
That love and faith, and the loyalty towards the homeland
Are so powerful and magnificent
That one can destroy a thousand
Two can break, vanquish the multitude”
They called on each other, gave heart to each other,
Took the blessing, and went ahead

Khatchadour Apovian, “Verk Hayastani”

The four day war in Nagorno-Karabakh is barely over. There is an uneasy and temporary lull in the fighting. It is supposed to be a ceasefire. Until next time. The people of Artsakh and Armenia are in mourning. They are burying our fallen heroes and taking care of the injured. We need to take note of where we went wrong. Were we truly ready for this kind of an all-out onslaught? It is a painful process and maybe it is premature for this assessment, but it needs to be done at all levels. We have to identify the weaknesses in our political and military leadership, in addition to the failures of our foreign ministry. Further, a frank reassessment and re-evaluation of our true friends and allies is needed.

Several questions keep lingering: Why were we caught by surprise? Is there a deficiency in our intelligence gathering? Why didn’t the Russians or the US notify us prior to such an attack? Both Russia and the US must have been aware of this attack due to Azerbeijani tanks, armor, grad missile systems, as well as army concentrations amassed at the line of contact. One can assume that Russia has both the means and the capability to monitor such movements. The same can be said for the capabilities of the US. It is Russia that sold five billion in sophisticated weaponry to Azerbaijan, but never delivered the two hundred million dollars’ worth of weapons promised to Armenia. Finally, Russia never intervened in the fighting.

There needs to be a course correction by the Armenian government and those in power who failed to anticipate the situation need to be replaced for their complacency. In addition, the leadership in Armenia needs to take a serious look at our failures in foreign policy: the lack of any movement in the recognition of Nagorno-Karabakh worldwide and our inability to counter Azeri falsifications regarding the conflict. Apparently we did not anticipate and were not ready for such an all out assault.

 
 
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Edited by onjig, 24 August 2016 - 12:47 AM.





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