CHAPTER 22 INFORMATIONAL TERROR

The work was absorbed with hatred towards the Armenians on the whole. Exercising historical falsification, the authors tried to prove that the genocide of the Armenians was something invented. The Turkish propagandists, the real authors of the book, intended to distribute it among all the former Union republics through Azerbaijan. Another result of Azerbaijan-Turkish cooperation was the book “Armenian Terrorism”3, where the struggle for existence and self-determination of the Karabakh people, was characterised as a struggle against Azerbaijan for restoration of the “Greater Armenia”. The book was full of pictures of the Armenian terrorists, who carried out their mission against the Turkish ambassadors and representatives from January 27, 1973, till March 26 1985 in different countries. Allusion was made to the anti-Azerbaijani character of the terror against Turkey. Moreover, the Procurator General of Azerbaijan was one of the authors. Of course there were several Armenian groups engaged in terrorism, whose main purpose had been and was to make Turkey, and the western world in general, take note of Armenians and end the guilty and embarrased silence about them. Terrorism was an instrument of publicity, a way of articulating the existence of the problem to the world’s media. The Turkish government, on the other hand, had always been keen to keep spot-light away from Armenians, preferring to ascribe the actions of the Armenian terrorists to the other groups.

Of course terror, in all its forms, must be condemned. But the Soviet Socialist Republic of Armenia, dependent on the Kremlin, was unable to reveal the truth about the Armenian massacres, preventing the world from future similar shameful experiences, and the Armenians chose the way of terror outside the USSR to make themselves heard. The Turkish nation ought to be the first to condemn the massacres of Armenians which took place within its borders since 1915 to 1923 thus releasing itself from the burden of the shame of their ancestors. But in reality they tried in every way to hush up the truth of the genocide, to prolong the solution of the problem, which is in no way benefitial for them. However the same slaughter had been exercised by them against the Greeks, Bulgarians, Assyrians.

By any standards, even the most corrupt, there is in fact no justification for Armenian terrorism. Despite the amount of outrage expressed over the Armenian genocide, it loses much of its political meaning being badly-presented, lacking research telling the public about what happened in historical writings.

Armenian terrorism abated since 1985, it died out completely following the emergence of the struggle for Karabakh.

The new outbursts of massacres on the territory of the Soviet Union (Sumgait, Baku, Kirovabad, Osh, Novi Uzen) were not condemned either. Furthermore, M. Gorbachev did everything to prevent the confirmation of the Sumgait massacres by the 15 January 1988 session of the Supreme Soviet of Armenia. The investigating organs concluded that “as the pogroms were massive and the participants numerous, it was impossible to distinguish the murderers and charge them.”

Of course it’s easier to make an assault, than to defend oneself in matters like that. The Azerbaijani skilled propagandists knew this very well.

Trying to explain the Armenian declarations of Sumgait as the continuation of 1915 massacres, 1918 Baku and 1920 Shushi pogroms, the Procurator General Azerbaijani Republic Ismit Gayibov and the head of the “Azerinform” news agency Azat Sharifov chose to inform;

“The Armenian terror has long ceased to represent separate terroristic acts. Its “godfathers” have introduced territorial claims to their neighbours, dreaming of so called “Greater Armenia”.4

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