I’m an American citizen who’s outraged over his government’s complicity in the human-rights catastrophe in Artsakh. This is a letter which I’ve mailed to my U.S. Congressman, Gus Bilirakis (R-FL). Slightly different versions have also been sent to my US Senators, Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Rick Scott (R-FL). This letter has been slightly edited for Antiwar.com.
Stop Arming Azerbaijan’s ‘Armenian Genocide’ in Artsakh
Rep. Gus Bilirakis:
My name is James Rutledge Roesch and I’m one of your constituents in Florida’s 12th Congressional District. I’m writing to you today to urge you to take action against Azerbaijan and Turkey’s joint war of aggression on Artsakh (also known as Nagorno-Karabakh) and Armenia.
Given your "A+" rating from the Armenian National Committee of America, I assume that you’re already aware of the situation, but just in case, I recommend reading "Armenia and Azerbaijan’s Fight over Nagorno-Karabakh, Explained in 500 Words" by Alex Ward at Vox. For even greater detail, see Alex Ward’s full article on Vox,"The Conflict Between Armenia and Azerbaijan, Explained."
Turkey is enabling and escalating Azerbaijan’s war on Artsakh in a contemporary continuation of its longstanding policy of genocide against the Armenian people, to which it has never admitted (let alone apologized for). This war also fits a wider pattern of Turkish aggression, Turkey has backed "Muslim Brotherhood"-esque Islamist forces and "Al Qaeda"-esque Sunni jihadists in Libya and Syria, is at the brink of war with Greece and Cyprus in the Mediterranean Sea, and threatens that its large immigrant population throughout the EU is a potential fifth column. With "allies" like these, who needs enemies?