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Re: “According to the official press office, the [US] Assistant Secretary of State [Matthew Bryza] told Sargsyan: “I and the U.S. charge d’affaires think that you have the vision and approaches which we want to see for the implementation of joint programs. We want you and Armenia to succeed. [emphasis mine]”
[Unzipped - I would also add that according to Armenpress governmental news agency, Bryza called Sargsyan “a special leader” and promised that the US would “principally support you.”]
Succeed at what? More murder? More beatings and suppression of Free Speech? More ballot stuffing and voter intimidation?
It is because of people in the US State Department like Matthew Bryza, and the OSCE, that Armenia is in the mess it is in, and apparently they want to continue propping up a morally bankrupt government. I place the blame squarely on the shoulders of those who saw the ballot stuffing, the intimidation, were given the 50+ reports of gross voting violations and then said, “well it wasn’t all that bad.”
So what does Matthew get out this? A cushy job in his next position? A free car and a weekend in the Bahamas ? State gets to keep its spying mission in Yerevan, that much seems clear.
At least eight people died, with over 200 allegedly badly injured.
News flash to Matthew: This is not just a case of siblings bickering with Nanny Robert “mommy knows best” Kocharian stepping in to swat a few bottoms. There was blood on the streets, and some of that blood was due to the OSCE endorsing a corrupt election.
There is no value in a bruised, angry and festering population resentful of its leaders. There is no peace here, and there will be no peace until the corrupt officials who provoked this situation are taken to task. And that includes those who witnessed the crimes and then remained silent.
The OSCE and Matthew Bryza are a disgrace to their mission and should be sacked. Bush and his State Dept. need to understand the powder keg that exploded on March 1 is not much different from those have happened elsewhere in the Caucasus and can explode again. Only next time, whose side will Bush, State, Bryza be on?