(Saturday, December 11)
“Hayots Ashkhar” acknowledges that long-running verbal attacks on former President Levon Ter-Petrosian and his allies launched by media sympathetic to President Robert Kocharian have “exhausted themselves.” The pro-Kocharian paper also agrees that it takes little courage to attack someone who is “fallen” and can not hit back. “One can only fight with those who are able to fight back. Nevertheless, the period of HHSh rule in Armenia saw such a crime the like of which is hard to find.” But, the paper concludes, it would be just as difficult to bring the country’s former rulers to justice.
“Aravot” is skeptical about the possible impact of a new opposition alliance that could be set up in Armenia soon. The paper argues that it would be led by “old and familiar faces.” “It is probably impossible to expect anything new from all forces and leaders active in our political stage. They are all detached from our political reality and mentality. If we are to expect the emergence of a new, more or less mature political force, we can only pin our hopes on the new generation. They are absolutely not burdened by memories of the heavy totalitarian past or the happy socialist paradise.”
“Haykakan Zhamanak” reports that the Armenian opposition is closely following the dramatic developments in Ukraine and intends to launch another push for power next February or March. “The United States has decided, with President Bush’s blessing, to help the opposition in Armenia carry out regime change,” an unnamed oppositionist is quoted as saying. “In order to humiliate and morally destroy this regime, it has been decided that they must quit power under the pretext of failing to bring about a pro-Armenian solution to the Karabakh conflict.”
The oppositionist adds that Kocharian’s regime is to be toppled with the new opposition alliance which is reportedly in the making. “The Georgian, Ajarian, Abkhazian and Ukrainian events are having a deep impact on the consciousness of the Armenian public. People understand that they must get rid of the government that has turned Armenia into a Russian military base as soon as possible.”