It will soon be eight months that the regime of the genocidal republic of Azerbaijan has blockaded Artsakh in an effort to finally break the spirit of our compatriots.
We must not underestimate the effectiveness of the blockade. Azerbaijan, probably assisted by outside consultants or advice, has come up with a very imaginative way to achieve a bloodless genocide of Armenians. Had it the possibility to do it the old-fashioned way, with wholesale butchery and wanton violence, it certainly would. Yet now that it is a partner with the European Union and pays lip service to values like democracy and human rights, it is probably trying to spare further embarrassments to its new ‘friends,’ including the notorious European Union Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and her utterly criminal deals with the Baku regime.
Why do we say the blockade is effective? Because nobody is raising their voice against it. We are talking about the press, because arguably Azerbaijan has killed the news. It has simply blockaded a mountainous enclave completely. Once that happens, there are no news to report, except bits and pieces coming out via social media. Nobody can enter, nothing is happening, except the Armenians of Artsakh being silently strangled by the genocidal Azerbaijanis. We are talking about the same people that are going to unprecedented lengths to support Ukraine. Yet a tiny democracy of 120,000 people, completely encircled by the country run by the criminal and corrupt petrocracy of Ilham Aliyev and his cronies, does not elicit anything but perfunctory statements of good will and hope.
Azerbaijan is as much of a genocidal nation as its mentor, Turkey. They have now learned to practice the main thing they and their kin excel at—mass murder, looting, pillaging, and grabbing other people’s lands—with a more subtle savoir faire. The United States should stand up to this instance of genocide by other means, restricting all types of assistance and arms shipments to Azerbaijan under Section 907 of the Freedom Support Act:
“United States assistance under this or any other Act (other than assistance under title V of this Act) may not be provided to the Government of Azerbaijan until the President determines, and so reports to the Congress, that the Government of Azerbaijan is taking demonstrable steps to cease all blockades and other offensive uses of force against Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh.” (emphasis added)
It was passed in 1992. Yet it is as current as ever.