Friday, November 11, 2005


Mediamax, Armenia
November 10, 2005

Yerevan, 10 November:
The constituent congress of the Dashink [Alliance] Party was held in Yerevan today. The former defence minister and commander of the defence army of the Nagornyy Karabakh Republic [NKR], Samvel Babayan, is the leader of the party.

Speaking at the congress, Samvel Babayan said that "there are some problems in Armenian politics and one of these problems is the lack of people's trust", Mediamax news agency reported.

"People do not believe any [political] force and are tired of constant disputes between the parties. We propose to form an alliance with the people," Babayan said.

He said that "the party is set up to solve national tasks in the name of democracy" and expressed readiness to cooperate with all interested parties and political forces.

One of the leaders of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation - Dashnaktsutyun, deputy speaker parliament Vaan Ovanesyan praised the setting up of the new party and said that "Dashnaktsutyun and Dashink are words with the same root which is not accidental". He expressed the hope that in the Dashink party "will be our a serious and reliable partner in solving national tasks and establishing social justice in the country".

Samvel Babayan was found guilty in organizing an attempt on the life of NKR president Arkadiy Gukasyan in March 2000 and sentenced to 14 years' imprisonment in February 2001. He was pardoned by a presidential decree in September 2004.


You know I’m a bit concerned about what the real intentions of this party is. If it is an apolitical party that intentions are to gain the peoples trust and solve national tasks in the name of democracy, then why would they team up with Dashnaktsutyun? Last time I looked, Dashnaktsutyun is a political party.

If you ask me who Samvel Babayan is, he is the same person I knew years ago when he was defense minister of NKR. And in my opinion then and now really has not changed, meaning that for me and many, he is a criminal, murder, thief, rapist and still just as uneducated as he was back then. I would guess he still can’t read or write, but who knows, maybe while he was sitting in jail, he had time to learn.

For someone to say that they are going to “solve national tasks in the name of democracy,” has to speak volumes about him and if he understands what a democracy means (which I don’t think he does) and he means what he says, this means that he elects to solve our national tasks by not recognizing the written law(s) and instead follow the desires of the majority of the population, whose desires that day is the law.

For those of you who don’t understand what I am saying, "Democracy," comes from the Latin words demos and kratein, which translates to "the people to rule." Democracy, therefore, has always been synonymous with majority rule. On the other hand, the word "republic" comes from the Latin res publica, which Armenia is and means simply "the public thing(s)," or more simply "the law(s)."

For those of you who don’t know, America is not a democracy, but a republic.

To better understand what a democracy really is, consider the words of one of America’s Founding Fathers James Madison. He wrote in The Federalist, No. 10: "... democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security, or the rights of property; and have in general been as short in their lives as they are violent in their deaths."

Reality is that the United States government with the help of the IMF works very hard to get developing countries to Democracy as a way to govern their country, knowing good and well that are “…short in their lives as they are violent in their deaths."

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