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Pashinyan's line in Aghdam (Leading article)

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BY EYNULLA FATULLAYEV

Long before the Armenian revolution of love, journalist Nikol Pashinyan wrote a tearfully touching article about the value of the lowland Aghdam for the mountainous Armenian people. The quintessence of Pashinyan's historical materialism during the period of heated debate in Armenian society around the need to fulfil the Madrid principles - the surrender of Aghdam and four other districts to Azerbaijan - was reduced to a dense tribal conclusion: it is in Aghdam, the homeland of Turkic nomads, that one should see a great danger for the aboriginal mountainous Armenian people. Dramatic interpretation, folklore transmission of the persistent plot of stubborn Karabakh field commanders who advocated the retention and then gradual absorption of Azerbaijani lands.

Being a supporter of the reasonable Ter-Petrosyan, with his racist publication, Pashinyan was acting as a propagandist of the Kocharyan heresy about the ethnic incompatibility of Turks and Armenians. Pashinyan's gobbledygook was providing a historical and conceptual basis for the theory of the 'security belt' of separatist Karabakh. Aghdam, barbarously plundered and wiped off the face of the earth, according to the worldview of a neo-Nazi, was supposed to become a guarantee of the safety of a higher civilisation spread across the Karabakh ridge. Although in ancient times and in the Middle Ages, cities were destroyed under the invasion of nomadic tribes. Pashinyan's theory has cracked!

Pashinyan's line - what the hell?

Pashinyan pointed to the Azerbaijanis identified with the image of the nomads as a historical threat to the Armenian nation. And according to his doctrine, as long as Armenia retains control over Aghdam, nothing threatens the safe future of the ancient nation chosen by Christ. The fall of Aghdam is the fall of the Armenian civilisation.

The 40-day victorious war of Azerbaijan smashed to smithereens the political Armenian mythology that had been created over the years, or rather, decades, crushed the concepts and ideologemes impressed on the Armenian society. After the act of surrender, Pashinyan himself, contrary to his own cave tribal beliefs, was forced to leave and surrender to Azerbaijan that very dividing line, which, according to the conviction of Armenian neo-Nazis, prevented the contact and communication of the two Caucasian peoples. If the spiritual capital of Azerbaijan Shusha is the soul and heart of Azerbaijanis, then Aghdam is the unshakable dignity of our people. At the dawn of the Karabakh conflict, it was Agdam that became a bastion of resistance to separatism, embodying steadfastness, courage, valour and desperate resistance. The Azerbaijani minority in the mountainous part of Karabakh looked to Aghdam as a saving messiah, a fulcrum, a source of courage and bravery. Aghdam was the wall of the Azerbaijanis, on which one could lean on in difficult times.

That is why the dramatic loss of the city during the days of the inglorious June civil war became a great grief for Azerbaijanis. Taking advantage of the internal chaos, arbitrariness and confusion that reigned in Baku, created by the low-grade political criminality, intoxicated by the thirst for power, the Armenian troops, despite the desperate resistance of the Aghdam people, captured the defiant proud city. With the loss of Aghdam, the last hope for a turning point in the first Karabakh war was lost. Azerbaijan lost the last stronghold of resistance... And only clear sunny days in the village of Guzanli, which opened a view of the two minarets of the Aghdam mosque, tarnished by timelessness, fueled hope for the highest heavenly justice, which triumphed after 44 days of bloody war and 27 long years of separation.

These minarets inspired a spark of hope

The unfortunate fate of a journalist somehow threw me to Aghdam back in 2005. I tried to convey my sadness in the high profile in those years 'Karabakh Diary,' because it was so difficult to leave this city. But I had only one day to prepare a report from the ghost town. One may ask: why reopen old wounds on this festive day? However, the same unfortunate day spent in Aghdam is an incurable wound in the soul. It will always speak. The walls of the Aghdam mosque desecrated by the strokes of Armenian demobs, the old Muslim cemetery with blackened slabs turned into a minefield, ruined and scattered avenues and streets, as well as the fate of several generations. Both that day, and much later, I was perfectly aware of the inexorable pace of time, which promised the return of Aghdam. But I considered crossing that line an unthinkable dream. We not only approached the philosophical line outlined by Pashinyan and other neo-Nazis, which should have divided peoples forever and ever. An unthinkable event happened: having crushed the army of evil and the junta of war criminals, we not only crossed this line, but also went far ahead, forward into the past! We returned to the starting position of the beginning of the Karabakh conflict.

After all, how did the first clashes in the mountainous part of Karabakh begin? The Armenians began to expel Azerbaijanis from Khankendi, still called Stepanakert at that time. After that, the life of the Armenian minority in Shusha became impossible. And in Askeran, two Azerbaijanis were killed. And this led to an explosion of popular indignation in the Azerbaijani stronghold - Aghdam...

Azerbaijan broke the Armenian nihilistic philosophical concept, and gave not only itself, but also Armenia a second historical chance to start all over again. We got our first chance with the Sovietisation of the South Caucasus in 1920.

These soldiers could have turn Stepanakert into a second Aghdam

The moment of truth has come when it is not worth looking for winners and losers. The ruthless social experiment has thrown the entire Caucasus region away in its historical development. Both peoples lost, carried away by the delusional cave occultism of nationalist sects born in the basements of perestroika. The time has come to rethink the recent political history of revising the values and principles of coexistence. The happiness of one people cannot be built on the grief and suffering of another. And the second Karabakh war - I sincerely hope the last - in this sense should become a sobering historical lesson for Armenia.

Azerbaijan made its own conclusions. Therefore, it won the merciless war. But not in order to build its happiness on the blood and tears of the Armenian people. Not at all! Otherwise, the Azerbaijani soldiers, who expressed all their pain for many years of humiliation in fearlessness and desperate feat, standing at the gates of Khankendi (Stepanakert), would have undoubtedly entered the city and turn it into ashes, a new Aghdam. We didn't do that. We decided to turn history on a different path... But will the Armenians find the strength to look at history and life with different eyes? Without the line. That is the question…

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