|The massive “We Are Our Mountains” monument near Stepanakert,|
in the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic
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|
[Related article from this blog: “The Armenian Genocide Debate: Turkey, Nagorno-Karabakh, and the Politics of Memory.”]
[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.]