Saturday, August 11, 2012

Massachusetts Recognizes Nagorno-Karabakh Republic!

The House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on August 6th adopted a resolution urging President Barack Obama and the United States legislature to “support the self-determination and democratic independence” of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (N.K.R.) (a.k.a. the Artsakh Republic), a part of what the international community recognizes as part of the Republic of Azerbaijan but which the Republic of Armenia invaded in the 1990s, after the fall of Communism, establishing the N.K.R. as an Armenian puppet state.  Rhode Island passed a similar resolution in May (as reported at the time in this blog).

The massive “We Are Our Mountains” monument near Stepanakert,
in the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic
George Aghjayan, Eastern Region chair for the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA), a political lobbying group, said that Massachusetts’ legislature “properly understands a simple truth that the State Department has yet to grasp, namely that our federal government’s present policy toward Nagorno-Karabakh, were it in force back in 1776, would have, in the name of territorial integrity, pressed the 13 American colonies to remain part of the British Empire.”

Well, actually a better parallel would be if, during the War of 1812, the British had invaded Massachusetts with the help of Czarist Cossacks, carried out massacres and ethnic cleansing to get rid of the pro-U.S. population, relocated thousands of loyal English settlers to the territory, policed it with a heavy occupation of British and Russian troops, and then declared that Massachusetts had finally “liberated itself” from the U.S.  But who cares about facts or history when you have an ethnic constituency to please?

The flag of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic

[For those who are wondering, yes, this blog is tied in with my forthcoming book, a sort of encyclopedic atlas to be published by Auslander and Fox under the title Let’s Split! A Complete Guide to Separatist Movements, Independence Struggles, Breakaway Republics, Rebel Provinces, Pseudostates, Puppet States, Tribal Fiefdoms, Micronations, and Do-It-Yourself Countries, from Chiapas to Chechnya and Tibet to Texas.  The book, which contains dozens of maps and over 500 flags, is now in the layout phase and should be on shelves, and available on Amazon, by early fall 2014.  I will be keeping readers posted of further publication news.  Meanwhile, please “like” the book (even though you haven’t read it yet) on Facebook.]

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