Article by Mellory Moss posted on The Hill web-site of the U.S.
The article touching upon the genocide relevance to our days has also managed to talk on Azerbaijani-Armenian conflict:
Believe it or not, the California Assembly recently voted to recognize Nagorno-Karabakh (a region that is internationally recognized as part and parcel of Azerbaijan) as an independent nation. I can explain this in only one of two ways: the Assemblymembers were swayed to vote for this by the Armenian community (perhaps to create yet another Russian vassal state?) and they did not care that they were voting to recognize a “nation” led by enactors of genocide -- or they simply didn’t know any better. If nothing else, that which should have been met by heated debate instead was complacently voted through.
I have personally faced the remnants of Armenian and Russian aggression towards Caucasian states: specifically the human remains of victims in Guba, Azerbaijan. I have also seen the passion in which the Azerbaijani citizens continue to fight the international community for not only remembrance -- but recognition that the genocidal acts in Khojaly during the Nagorno-Karabakh war even happened.
What is the relevance of genocide? Is it related to our national and international headlines? Very much so. Is it socially applicable? Of course. However, perhaps if we spend less time debating the relevance of history and more time learning from it, we wouldn’t have to keep counting corpses at all. We have to stop rewarding those who commit atrocities with recognition or time-based absolution and instead stand fast and insist, “We won’t let you do this…again.”
Moss is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner of Psychiatry. She is also a clinical nurse specialist in psychiatric nursing and currently serves at Colorado’s prestigious AspenPointe.