Armenian newspapers discuss the second anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks in the United States.
“Hayastani Hanrapetutyun” says the attacks once again demonstrated the “inhuman and unnatural” face of terrorism. “What happens contrary to human common sense can not be justified by emotions, for human feelings must not have a murderous and destructive essence,” the paper says.
But according to “Golos Armenii,” terrorism is the result of “real evil that is taking the form of globalization.” “The West’s attempts to crush the traditional centuries-old lifestyle of dozens of peoples were to inevitably lead to a serious moral crisis of which we are now witnesses,” the paper says.
“Hayots Ashkhar” similarly comments that those who have been fighting against global terrorism are “themselves suffering from extremism which, as is known, always gives rise to the phenomenon of terrorism.” “The era which the human race entered after the great tragedy in the USA is in reality much more complex, multi-layered and multi-colored than the ‘we-or-they’ formula declared by the U.S. president two years ago.” The paper says the West should concentrate on rooting out the fundamental causes of terror.
Political scientist Aghasi Yenokian believes that September 11 has had a “major impact” on Armenia, with the United States now “pursuing a more active policy in our region, which means that the U.S. will be keenly interested in a quick resolution of the Karabakh problem.” “I think that [policy] will manifest itself by the end of the year,” Yenokian tells “Ayb-Fe.” “Armenia will soon have to pursue an active foreign policy.”
“Hayots Ashkhar” says all of the ad hoc commissions set up by the Armenian parliament in recent years have been ineffectual, and the same fate awaits the body formed by deputies on Wednesday to examine the possibility of compensating Soviet-era bank depositors. A similar commission was already formed by the previous parliament, and it failed to come up with any solution to the devastating effects of post-Soviet hyperinflation felt by many Armenians. The paper says the Armenian government is too cash-strapped to find address the problem even in the long run.
“Aravot” says the creation of another parliamentary commission tasked with fighting against corruption will also be a waste of time. Nor will President Robert Kocharian’s intention to appoint a special anti-corruption adviser will make any differences. The paper says the Armenian authorities are not prepared to tackle the problem in earnest. As Defense Minister Serzh Sarkisian put it in his latest newspaper interview, there are only “sporadic instances” of government corruption in Armenia. The government as a whole is not corrupt, he claimed.