Don't be slave of hate. Open letter to an Azerbaijani citizen

Ani Ghukasyan
Posted October 21, 2020 from Armenia
Photo: Church of Artsakh, Shushi. Taken by wikipedia.org

Hi, ordinary unknown citizen of Azerbaijan. I am writing this letter being very simple citizen of Armenia.

The 27th of September has changed a lot in our two separate lives. I was preparing to mountain hiking on the mentioned day, when suddenly the event was canceled in the morning. The whole media was full with the articles on: “This morning Azerbaijan has started large-scale war, bombing also civilian villages and towns”. I realized… the hell has begun: now war has started. I didn’t panic but something was obvious: life would never be as it had been before.

Since childhood I haven’t perceived the nations, fraught with a craving to destroy.  The same way, if we transfer the international problems into interpersonal area, I can’t understand people, who try to establish themselves through destruction, hurt and violation like bloodthirsty beasts do. I don’t get it because such kind of aggression and hate attitude toward people are not fit into my and my nation’s values.

Psychopathy and national characteristics-There is a wide used vocational term within the science of psychology, called “psychopathy”. It is considered to be as serious psychological illness, dealing with mental problems. Taking account several articles and psychologists’ analyzes, I would like to emphasize some features of the mentioned illness (professionals, of course, have deeper understanding about the problem): the psychopaths get great pleasure hurting someone, they have a lack of empathy,  don’t have a feeling of regret,  psychopaths have a concrete goal (they live, exist for that aim): the whole destruction of his/her victim without any penitence. Of course, this psychological problem is typical to a person and cares purely interpersonal characteristics, but studying the history of ethnic groups, unfortunately, I have noticed the  features of the disease, mentioned above, also in the nature of some nations: Turkey and Azerbaijan always had desire and still have one common ambition: to eliminate Armenian ethnos  in order to be self-established in the region as carriers of the ideology named Great Turan (fusion of Turkish nations to form great empire. Turkish tribes (seljuks and tatars), according not only to Armenian sources, have been settled in the region since the 11th  and 13th centuries, violating, destroying the cultures that had been created for centuries: Byzantine, Greek and Armenian rich cultures, as well as  innocent people  have been massacred,  destroyed during these centuries without any regret. Of course, there is opposite version in your school textbooks and reading this part, makes you taunt and laugh at me but truth objectively exists in the reality even if your country tries to falsify the history and facts. 

Hate speech -And now again you want to make genocide. But…violence and evil ambitions are not always finished with success.  While aggression and hate speech has been grown with you since the first first lullaby: “Armenian is dushman (enemy, opposite side). We must kill, annihilate and hurt them”. Hate speech is so much spread in your country that the society has already turned into kind of zombie “psychopaths” (without wishing to offense someone).Hate speech toward Artsakh and Armenia will be destroyable first of all for you: the hate propaganda gives a birth of other negative emotions as well and one day you will start to hate, to destroy yourself. One day the Hate speech will work against you. It is impossible to hate, to spread aggression, to taunt, criticize, to lie and at the same time to be happy. Happy person does his best to live in peace, harmony, stability, regardless of religion, nationality, race, geographical position, political views, etc. Every morning you repeat the phrases like mantra: “Qarabagh is Azerbaijan. Kill that occupants, etc.” Without taking account that Artsakh (Qarabagh) is historically Armenian land and ethnic Armenians, living in Artsakh, expressed their will to be independent from Azerbaijan in 1991, arranging referendum because your country had started to violate. And still now you destroy the right of self-determination of Artsakh people.

The differences between me and you: I wake up in the morning thinking what can I do today to make something useful for me and my country, while you wake up and think what to do against your enemy. You don’t like yourself. The time of taking care of yourself is spent to hate me, while time is running. You bomb, violate the territory about which you cry as if it is yours. Would you destroy your room, apartment? No. Your aggressive attitude proves once more that Artsakh is Armenian land because the real owner of his Home makes it clean and takes care of it. You destroy churches, laugh at our God, while Christianity teaches us to tolerate other religions, cultures. Yes, it is very hard to have neighbor, belonging to different civilization. But the Human Being who is sitting inside of you, should stand higher than Islam, Azerbaijan, oil, gas and panthurmism. Please, don’t be cheap puppet of hate propaganda, Aliev Klan, who blocks each of us (simple citizens of Armenia) on twitter )) At least, very unserious and coward dictator  who is afraid of opposite opinion.

I wish that after war, you would seat on the balcony drinking coffee and making plans to do life more harmonious and peaceful and in your daily routine agenda the destruction of me would be the last point to think about. Don’t be slave of hate but Be the Lord of your harmony and true happiness.  Peace to all of us!

#Armenia #war #Azerbaijan #Artsakh #Karabakh #SouthCaucasus #Humanlivesmatter

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Janfran
Oct 22
Oct 22

you have a powerful voice and great insight, I admire you for your reach out

Ani Ghukasyan
Oct 22
Oct 22

Thank you so much dear @janfran :)

Nini Mappo
Oct 23
Oct 23

Hello Ani,
I like the deeply personal nature of your story, and how much of yourself and daily life you insert into it. It ceases to be just another report about war and conflict, and becomes the emotions that fuel a conflict and vivid lived experiences of the communities and individuals caught up in it. That's really brilliant, because you draw others into your tragedy without asking anything of them!
I'm sorry that there is so much unsafety where you live. I can only hope that your attackers will channel this waste of time and energy into building life in their country, not taking it away from their neighbours, as you suggest so wisely.
May Yahweh continue to be your Shalom

Ani Ghukasyan
Oct 27
Oct 27

Thank you Nini. What is around is sitting inside of us. International relations are very close to interpersonal one. If we want to live in peace, we should create peace and harmony first of all inside of us.

Paulina Nayra
Oct 23
Oct 23

Dear Ani,
Thank you for sharing this open letter to Azerbaijan. I wish that peace loving Azerbaijans can read this and connect with Armenians to start a movement for peace. We hope that through the initiative of ordinary citizens from warring , states , communication will improve , walls will break, and people will demand for cessation of hostilities between the two countries. I share your dream for a peaceful and prosperous Armenia.
Huggs.

Ani Ghukasyan
Oct 27
Oct 27

I also hope so, dear Paulina. As only through kindness and peace the Earth exists and makes circles around sun.

Tamarack Verrall
Oct 23
Oct 23

Dear Ani,
By writing this letter you have documented the untold history behind the vicious attacks that have been happening in your country. Wen there is violence meant to destroy a nation, a culture, this needs to be spoken, paid attention to at the UN level. We are living in a time in which what you are describing, the takeover of traditional land and the persecution of its people, is excused by business deals between nations. Your call is a powerful call, one that we are making together, for a world free of war, domination and cultural annihilation.

Tamarack Verrall
Oct 27
Oct 27

I am sorry if it seemed that from my words I was accepting any false propaganda. My wish is for peace for you and your people and the end to this war. I do know that aggressors will call themselves s the victims to justify what they are doing. I wish nothing but peace and safety for you.

Ani Ghukasyan
Oct 27
Oct 27

Elshan and Tamarack I agree with you that before coming to any conclusion we should study both sides. And the same I suggest to you, don't be based only on UN 4 resolutions as according to Helsinki Final Act, the right of self determination is as much important as territorial integrity, besides UN resolution condemns any kind of use of force against civilians. For objective understanding of the conflict, I suggest to read the publication of Thomas de Waal "Black Garden" (he is french journalist). And after you decide-who is "victim", who is "agressor" or "responder to agression". Stay healthy and in peace.

MUVUNYI FABIENNE
Oct 25
Oct 25

Dear Ani,

Thank you for sharing your story.
You are right, we should not be cheap puppet of hate propaganda

Ani Ghukasyan
Oct 27
Oct 27

Yes, thank you dear Muvuni, if people understand the real spiritual essence of the conflicts, no one would start war or hurt others.

Guzel Majidi
Oct 26
Oct 26

This was amazing, best of luck dear.

Ani Ghukasyan
Oct 27
Oct 27

Thank you for your response.

Hello, Ani,

I agree with Janfran, you have a powerful voice. You are so brave to speak out, and I applaud you for breaking your silence. This resonates with me, " I can’t understand people, who try to establish themselves through destruction, hurt and violation like bloodthirsty beasts do. I don’t get it because such kind of aggression and hate attitude toward people are not fit into my and my nation’s values."

I, too, couldn't understand why there are too much violence and destruction in the world today. I couldn't fathom how people can be this heartless and evil. It makes me angry that innocent lives are rubbed of their quality of life, if not life itself.

Thank you for writing this. Please keep on writing more. Use your voice.

Ani Ghukasyan
Oct 27
Oct 27

Unfortunately, dear Karen, Artsakh conflict is not the only sad case within global history and humanity. Wars, genocides, conflicts have been majority parts of history since ancient times. Why? Is it difficult to live and create your strength without fear of being killed, hurt. Or without kill and hurt someone.

Queen Sheba D Cisse
Oct 26
Oct 26

Dear Ani,
It takes courage to speak up and take a stand against injustice.
This story reminds me of a good similar many of countries and tribes that discriminate against each others because of historical wars and all of the above. Hating on a country or someone because of religion and the diversity of one's background is ignorant and racist and spreading hate propaganda to gain points and votes is a true cowardly act.
Thanks for rising up to the occasion to speak up and take a stand.
#westandwithyou!

Mama Queen

Ani Ghukasyan
Oct 28
Oct 28

Thank you, dear Queen Sheba D Cisse, unfortunately majority of conflicts are religion based. Civilizations are different and that makes differences to live next to each other. God has given a man to make choice. Some of them made choice to create, some-to destroy.

Queen Sheba D Cisse
Oct 28
Oct 28

Dear Ani,
you are absolutely right. Thank you for your response and raising your voice sharing this important information to the World Pulse public.
Keep strong my dear Ani,
Mama Queen

Ani Ghukasyan
Oct 28
Oct 28

Elshan, it is quite natural that you totally belive in your side's propaganda as if we are murderers, kind of "bad guys", who should be massacred, etc., etc., etc. And within this context I am not going to judge or quarrel with you trying to explain something that is waste of time in your case. You will not change your position, surely. But as you have mentioned about some points, I tried to understand your position as well and what I have found interesting:
1. Khojali Genocide-Ayaz Mutalibov, President of Azerbaijan in 1990-1992 in one of his interviews to Czech reporter Dana Mazalova, stated that Armenian soldiers during NKR war within 90-s, created special humanitarian corridor so that Azerbaijani people could safely pass from dangerous area. Your previous president also stated that genocide was made by Azerbaijani itself as Armenians had started to inform about genocides in Sumgayit, Kirovabad, Baku toward them by Azerbaijani authorities. Khojali is kind of "key point" to justify your violations (https://www.civilnet.am/news/2018/02/26/The-Khojaly-Tragedy-and-the-Mome...). The same scenario is made in the case of Ganja.
2. Most brutal murderer, crimes against you-3 million Armenian people against 10 million? Are you serious? What is the motivation? ))
3. Terrorist nature-French president Macron about jihadists sent to Azerbaijan through the support of your brother Turkey against our 3 million habitants. It is we are who are fighting against terrorism not only for us but also for the safety of humanity-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCQqW1A5kuM
4. History vs Present- I agree that we should be concentrated on current situation more than on historical facts but history is also important as without knowing the origin of conflict you can't give solution today. It is like you have headache and take pain-relieving medicine without solving the real problem which comes from past. And today, we have UN 4 resolutions. Ok. And don't forget, please, that UN resolution also condemns the attacks on Civilian people. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPEzLNyz1LM). Plus, today we also have Helsinki Final Act, which gives importance EQUALLY as to territorial integrity as to self-determination right of nations.
5. Turned mosques into pigsty? -Just watch these videos-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyu8YFk7NGw, and this one by your brother Turkey: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMPkfK4_cNo.
6. After all these lies, you hope that i will hate you. Never. I like myself more than to hate you. It is not your fault that you strongly believe to your local media, school textbooks, authorities. I understand you and don't judge you. Just suggest you to think wider.

Ani Ghukasyan
Oct 28
Oct 28

I wrote this comment to the response of Azerbaijani citizen Elshan Vakilov, after reading my comments he deleted his previous comments to my post. In his previous and deleted comment, Elshan 1. suggested to watch this video: "https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=tt7cSJO_KqY" (my 4th point is the answer on it), 2. "You are writing in a way that you are angel and peacemaker. armenia has killed 40,000 people and expelled 700,000 people from their home. armenia killed more than 600 people in one night in Khojaly. You are most brutal murderer in the world. We have never and will never forget your immorality and inhumanity. Stop deceiving people here who don’t know the history. We hate you for your crimes against us. You pay and will pay heavier prices for all your crimes. You are terrorist nation". Properly, I have answered.
P.S. Guys, even if you are faced with strong arguments, don't delete comments, please, I am not going to judge you, it is quite natural that you are under hate propaganda, so deleting comments or replies is not the solution.

Manasa Ram Raj
Nov 10
Nov 10

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Ani Ghukasyan
Nov 10
Nov 10

Now it is clear, dear Manasa Raj. Anyway, I hope that hate speech authors will review their attitude toward those who is aiming to spread peace.

Elshan Elshan
12:01am
12:01am

Ani Ghukasyan, now we can talk about peace. Because we got back what belong to us. From now I prefer to have dialogue between 2 countries. Hope you wish the same

Elshan Elshan
yesterday
yesterday

Manasa Ram Raj, if you are neutral, you should not allow someone here to blame Azerbaijan people in fact Azerbaijan has been suffering from armenian aggression over 26 years. Unfortunately you are biased !!!

Oct 28
Oct 28
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