“I am convinced that the only way of getting Armenia out of this situation is a revolution which must be done in all spheres, including the theaters where the majority of actors are faceless individuals lacking talent,” opposition leader Aram Sarkisian tells “168 Zham.” “Everything has become too gray. All around are the same tired faces getting medals and making ludicrous statements.” Both the government and opposition camps are now “regrouping” for another showdown, says Sarkisian.
But as “Golos Armenii” writes scathingly, nobody can compete with the Armenian in “working out theories of failed revolutions.” “Every spring and every autumn, not to mention summers and winters, we are constantly promised some revolutions,” writes the paper.
“Aravot” editorializes that Armenian intellectuals, who may noisily protest against a new statue in Yerevan which they don’t like, have been silent on a far more important issue: “the disgraceful event of November 27.” “Where are their emotional, tear-provoking open letters to the effect that what happened was a mockery of the public and the state?” asks the paper. “Maybe this is not an important pan-national issue. Or maybe our courageous intellectuals are not informed enough about what happened. Or maybe they are simply scared.”
“Hayots Ashkhar” picks up opposition deputy Victor Dallakian’s admission that there is no possibility of regime change in Armenia in 2005. “What about the criminal regime which is in its death throes?” the paper comments tartly, citing opposition leaders’ earlier pledges to easily topple it. “What about the critical mass [of opposition supporters] for which central Yerevan is too small? … Well, we are left to announce the end of the political season and politely thank wonderful Artarutyun for all the pleasure.”
“Azg” asks Naira Melkumian, the former Nagorno-Karabakh foreign minister, to explain what will happen if Karabakh is won back by Azerbaijan. “I won’t say that this will not be the case every politician, diplomat and military leader thinks even about the most pessimistic scenarios,” she replies. “I too have though about that.” But Melkumian believes that “it is impossible to occupy entire Artsakh at once” because of its mountainous terrain. “I am confident that the Armenian army would immediately fight back and the first Azeri attempt to invade Artsakh would allow either for an immediate recognition of Artsakh’s independence or a declaration that Artsakh has reunified with Armenia,” she says. “We all have thought about those scenarios.”