While staying in Akhalkalak, Javakhk this summer, there was a group of Turkish men who were staying at our hotel, and one of whom took it upon himself to quickly approach our group and engage in deep conversation about our lives, our history, and our purpose in Javakhk, as his “dear Armenian brothers.” He was there working on the development of a hydro-electric plant, owned by Anatol Group—a Turkish government-funded company. This particular type of foreign direct investment is one that seems to be of increased popularity in recent years, on behalf of Turkish companies.
Javakhk is stressed to be of vital importance to the Armenian nation and people—not only as an area that has been inhabited by Armenians for centuries, but as the last remaining stretch of land that surrounds the borders of the Republic of Armenia (ROA) that isn’t either controlled by or largely populated by Turkic peoples.
After a couple of these interactions and conversations with this type of individual regarding such a topic, we Armenians find ourselves wondering how it is that Turkey, as a people, can be so damn good at multiplying and spreading out farther and farther across other nations and lands, while our own nation is failing miserable at simply keeping our citizens from fleeing for basically anywhere else they can get to. We wonder, why is it that we’re constantly subject to this sort of injustice? Why do we feel as though The Turk—which, by the way, I think more of as a metaphor for any of our national issues, rather than simply the nationalist Turk—can arrive and exploit anything good we have going for us, we wonder? Do we ever stop to think that maybe, just maybe, we may be going about our work in the wrong way? ..That, instead of playing into the emotions that we rightfully experience, maybe there is a smarter and infinitely more beneficial mindset and subsequent plans of action that we can adopt? Who’s allowing The Turk to just march in and assert his will over whatever and whomever he so chooses?! Perhaps it’s us.. you and I; it’s our inaction and our relentlessly reactionary mindset that, rather than allowing us to progress, forces us to struggling with merely maintaining our status quo. As long as we’re in the habit of relentless mental weighing on the unjust course of our collective existence, let’s at least wonder across the entire spectrum; let’s be critical and understanding of all patterns of human motive and behavior.