"Hayots Ashkhar" writes that the capture on May 9, 1992 of the Karabakh town of Shusha by Karabakh Armenian forces was not followed by "the strengthening of our spirit." Economic gains or diplomatic victories alone are not enough for doing that, the paper says. "Spirit is, first of all, morality," it says, suggesting the following recipe for the nation's progress: "morality plus thought." "There is no weapon more powerful than thought in the contemporary world," "Hayots Ashkhar" concludes.
"Ayb-Fe" carries an interview with General Arkady Ter-Tadevosian, the mastermind of the Armenian military victory in Shusha. "We, the winners of the war, have unfortunately not treated our victory with all due respect," Ter-Tadevosian laments. "We learned how to kill the enemy in war and [kill] each other in peacetime. Killing has become a way of life, a means for presenting ourselves to the world."
"Aravot" says that Armenia's political forces have grown so divided and mutually hostile that they use the May 9 celebrations for their own political aims. "Today all television companies will show solemn ceremonies in honor of one or another war veteran," the paper says in an editorial. Various politicians, both in government and opposition, will glorify them in front of TV cameras. But they will be quickly forgotten right after the parliamentary elections.
"Iravunk" continues to keep its spotlight on "fierce competition" between various government factions running for the parliament. The paper says are now more hostile toward each other than the opposition. The same is true for the main opposition forces -- Stepan Demirchian's Artarutyun (Justice) alliance and Artashes Geghamian's National Unity party. It predicts further escalation of inter-party feuds.
"Yerkir" is concerned that President Kocharian's proposed amendments to Armenia's constitution, which will be put on a referendum on May 25, are being totally ignored by the parties. "Only a handful of candidates and parties speak about the need for constitutional changes during the election campaign," the paper writes, branding this phenomenon "political treason." "Betrayals and defections are never forgiven. Sooner or later, traitors repent what they had done."