“Armenia – Azerbaijan conflict: beyond good and evil” is an essay by Kamala Murad published on November 25, 2021 by Éditions ErickBonnier in the Encres d’Orient Collection. 21€ – 326p + 12-page B&W photo book. 145×190.
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There are conflicts on which the observer and the historian find it difficult to work so much history is neglected, carried away by passions and essentially ideological turmoil: the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a symbolic example of this, today well analyzed. The same applies to the conflict between independent Armenia and Azerbaijan. The Palestinians are no more responsible for the Holocaust than the Azerbaijanis were for the 1915 genocide perpetrated by the Ottoman Empire, which they were then fighting in the ranks of the tsarist armies. France, which fought so hard to regain Alsace and Lorraine, can understand this. The refusal of UN decisions to evacuate territories conquered by force by Yerevan since the so-called Nagorno-Karabakh war (1988-1994) caused the 44-day war in 2020. It is not about a Christian war against fundamentalist Islam, Azerbaijan being a secular country where a large Jewish community has lived for more than a thousand years and where all religions have the right to live in harmony; the Iran of the mullahs, designated as an Islamist threat by many observers, supported Armenia for fear of Azeri irredentism (this population constituting 20% of Iran).
This book attempts to recall some basic data on this conflict so neglected by the Western powers and which allowed the return of Russia to this region from which it had been ousted since the break-up of the USSR.
Through a scrupulous analysis of the stories and media reports that covered the events, this essay offers a free look at this country and opens up a very different perspective from what we read during the last conflict of 2020. A discovery.