Serj Tankian, System Of A Down frontman, writes in Rolling Stone: Faced with Azerbaijan's aggression and alleged war crimes against Armenia, when will the global community act?
December 5, 2022

Heavy metal frontman Serj Tankian is trying to get the rest of the world to pay attention to the Russian-backed killing taking place in Armenia. He wrote in Rolling Stone:

The same September week that a mass grave was discovered in Izium, Ukraine, Azerbaijan launched brutal attacks on the sovereign territory of Armenia, killing hundreds. The first event was on the front page of The New York Times, in The Washington Post, and on CNN, and denounced by world leaders and international organizations. The latter was a one-day story that was swiftly buried.

Why is this happening? Russian oil, apparently.

It probably won’t surprise you that this tyrannical triumvirate is working on a fossil-fuel-energy play centered around … Azerbaijan. Essentially, they need to run oil and natural gas from Azerbaijan, as well as Iran, to Turkey and onward, to whatever European country will agree to have it — which requires a corridor through Armenia. They’d like to possess and control such a corridor, which goes a long way to explain this last invasion. Moreover, Russia’s Lukoil owns roughly 25 percent of Azerbaijan’s Caspian oil reserves — so Putin will still be in the game, even if Europe refuses to buy from Moscow directly.

This is all a big enough deal that Nancy Pelosi even went over to Armenia to declare U.S. support. Europe, however, has been more protective of their energy interests than the people of Armenia:

U.S. displeasure with the pipeline is one reason why some U.S. politicians are trying to become more involved in establishing a long term cease-fire. It also explains why House Speaker Nancy Pelosi flew to Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, in September and publicly called out Azerbaijani aggression. But Europe, obsessed with its energy security, has been far more inclined to appease Aliyev. Indeed, Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, recently inked a gas deal, calling Aliyev “reliable” — which is said to have emboldened him to attack Armenia a few weeks later.

Are Europeans fine with watching Azerbaijan ethnically cleanse Nagorno-Karabagh and Armenia for a mere increase of one percent of their energy needs from dictator Aliyev of Azerbaijan? I don’t think so. Maybe most are unaware. They should ask the Lemkin Institute, Human Rights Watch, and other watchdog organizations, who have recently raised red flags on Azerbaijan’s genocidal acts toward Armenians. Azerbaijan is a country where kids are raised from a young age to hate Armenians, which may explain the multiple recent videos of extra-judicial killings of POWs by Azeri soldiers, coupled with unspeakable mutilations of Armenian soldiers and civilians.

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