From our readers
|| Regarding the article about Tigran
November 22), and the article on Women
in Black, I have to congratulate you on the
excellent way of revealing the
subject, which is very saddening, and needs to be
While reading the Women
in Black article I couldn't help but wonder
how prosecutors and investigators could not differentiate
between suicide and murder. Perhaps having yearly
job performance reviews of any and all professionals
would help with their job performance and inform
both the person and their superiors (and possibly
the public) about their competency in their field.
I was pleased to read your article on Atom Egoyan's
new film (Outside
Eye, November 15).
Your approach to the subject of genocide, however,
leaves me puzzled. I
lived in Armenia for a year. I have witnessed,
first hand, the problems you mention,
especially in my travels throughout the country.
I am not one of 'those'
Diaspora Armenians that have no idea what they
are talking about when they
think of Armenia.
You are right in suggesting that Armenia will
not see its situation improve
with international recognition of the genocide.
However, the two issues -
that of improving conditions in Armenia and of
recognizing the genocide -
are completely separate.
I also take issue with your attempt to belittle
attachment Diaspora Armenians have with Turkey.
extensively through Eastern Turkey, I must say
that despite historic events,
I feel more culturally at home there than in Armenia
itself, with its
profoundly Russified culture - even down to the
This does not mean that I enjoyed Armenia less,
or felt less of an attachment to the people there.
But that is not where my family comes from. I
have no blood
relatives there. I GREW to feel at home in Armenia,
but did not feel so
I want recognition of the genocide for ME. I want
community to help Armenia - for THEM. I like to
hope I can have both. No
movie can 'save' Armenia, but this movie may be
able to put the issue of the
genocide on the world stage.
As a non Armenian but one who has made some 40
visits carrying aid to the towns and villages
of both Armenia and Karabakh, I can say that never
in all those trips have I ever heard the word
genocide uttered by the recipients of my aid.
Like you I too support and support deeply the
unrecognized crimes committed against the Armenian
race but I must align myself with your views (Outside
Eye, November 15). If only 50 percent of the
effort that the Diaspora apply to genocide recognition
be applied to what the resident Armenians need
the economy, the well being, the future would
all be improved beyond measure.
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