Recently, after a comparatively short period of relative calm, the situation on the Line of Contact between the armed forces of the NKR and Azerbaijan has again deteriorated sharply.
Almost every day, the Azerbaijani party, ignoring its own considerable human losses, is attempting to penetrate into the territory of Artsakh, which, unfortunately, results in casualties among the Karabakh servicemen as well.
Yet another armed provocation of Azerbaijan, which was committed on March 19 and resulted in casualties on both sides, forced the American Co-Chairman of the OSCE Minsk Group, James Warlick, to respond to this. According to him, the renewed violence in Nagorno Karabakh is tragic and violates the ceasefire. "While the parties accuse each other, the actions harm the process of peaceful settlement of the Karabakh conflict", the diplomat wrote in his microblog on Twitter.
Surely, Mr. Warlick's being concerned and anxious about the deterioration of the situation deserves appreciation, but we should not ignore the fact that another attempt is made to assign the responsibility for the gross violation of the ceasefire equally to both sides. In this regard, it is impossible to refrain from asking the American diplomat whether he is familiar with the content of the speech of President Aliyev on the occasion of the Muslim holiday of Nowruz. We think he should be familiar, as required by his status of an international mediator in the Karabakh settlement process. And if he is not, we'll remind him of it. Aliyev said the following: "The Karabakh conflict should be resolved only (!!! - Ed.) in the framework of the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan. After that, we Azerbaijanis, will, surely, come back to our ancient lands - Erevan, Geycha, and Zangezur mahal". Let us prompt James Warlick that all these geographic names cited by Aliyev in the Azerbaijani ugly interpretation are the lands of sovereign Armenia, the territorial integrity of which this Baku official, advocating this international principle, does not intend to observe. As if in passing or as a remark, let us also remind the Washington diplomat that "Erevan" is Yerevan, which is older than even the eternal city of Rome and for this reason cannot be the "old land" of Azerbaijanis, who did not exist on the planet that period.
But let’s return from the depths of centuries to our days and ask Mr. Warlick a question: did he have the pleasure to familiarize also with the speech of the country’s Defense Minister, Zakir Hasanov, before his brave soldiers? If not, then it can be only regreted, because he deprived himself of the opportunity to learn the infinity of human stupidity in the Azerbaijani filling. Like a parrot, he cited, as if through a blueprint, the historical pearls of his supreme commander named Ilham regarding all sorts of mahals, then swung to the armed forces of Armenia and the NKR. "I openly declare that we’ll destroy 70% of the enemies with the first blow. Armenians will not be able to recover in hundreds of years", promised the formidable Zakir, who has never smelled gunpowder. It is strange that not 100%. Maybe the parquet General, armed with a calculator, has kept the remaining 30% for the second blow. And then he broke up, calling on his subordinates "to use every opportunity day and night to destroy the enemy". Agree, it is cruel, first of all, towards their own soldiers, whom the minister dooms thus to permanent insomnia.
But, let’s be serious, because when the heads of state and army are people with sick mentality, it isn’t funny at all. There is a concept in psychology - "wishful thinking". Such delusion, defined by psychologists as a personality disorder, is suffered by the noted persons, who are obsessed by the desire to exaggerate both their importance and the power of their armed forces. According to experts, persons with such a diagnosis get used to the role to the degree that can hardly differ what is the truth and what is fiction in their life. And they do not want to think about the devastating consequences of such self-deception. We believe the abovementioned quotations by the Azerbaijani President and Minister of Defense are more than enough for James Warlick and his colleagues at the OSCE Minsk Group to realize the real threat to the region posed by these persons. However, no less dangerous is the indecision of the international mediators who do not dare to call the adventurist regime of Azerbaijan to account.
Experience has shown that it is senseless to debate with Aliyev. His and his defense minister’s incessant bellicose statements facilitated the Minsk Group co-chairs’ search of the real perpetrators of the escalation of tension, leaving no doubt for this. The armed clashes initiated by Azerbaijan on the front line are becoming more dangerous, putting the region on the brink of a new war. In these conditions, the mediator-states must abandon their amorphous position and respond more efficiently to the military rhetoric of Baku, the actions of which challenge not only Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh, but also the entire international community. While this does not happen, both Armenian parties have themselves to suppress harshly any aggressive encroachments of Azerbaijan, giving a tangible, moreover and as a rule, an asymmetrical response. It is impossible to act otherwise - force should be responded with force. As noted in a recent interview to the 'Voice of Armenia' by the Armenian Defense Minister, Seyran Ohanyan, who, unlike Zakir Hasanov, knows about the war firsthand, "the matter is not only the implementation of defensive tasks, but also the warning and preventive measures and the punishment of the aggressor. If the Azerbaijanis understand only this language, so they should be talked to in this language".