The nature of our ‘always-on’ news media cycle has a way of distorting our perceptions of reality. Celebrities and even trivial national political events can be all-consuming, while serious events can pass unnoticed.
For example, do you know (without looking it up) how many African countries have had a coup/regime change so far this year? If you do know, can you name them?
We miss out a lot of things that are happening — especially abroad — because of the outrage, panic, or ego that gets rewarded and elevated in our news media’s current business model.
We know about the war in Ukraine, because that’s a story that has captured the imagination of Washington and the newsmakers in the media. But in all of the time Ukraine was at war, have you heard about the 2-year Civil war in Ethiopia that claimed perhaps as many as 600,000 civilian lives — not counting combatants? No. Of course not.
For that reason, it’s safe to say most of our readers don’t know about the genocide in Azerbaijan, where the goal is to purge all Christians and their churches from the Nagorno-Karabakh region.
Nagorno-Karabakh is a mountainous territory about the size of Delaware in Azerbaijan that has been inhabited by Armenians for centuries. The Azerbaijanis are mostly Muslims, while the Armenians are Christian.
The Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh fought an unsuccessful war of secession in 1994 following the collapse of the Soviet Union, then remained as a semi-autonomous colony supported by the Armenian state.
Testifying before the commission on Wednesday was Luis Moreno Ocampo, a former prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC) who published a report in August about the Lachin Corridor blockade. Ocampo’s report said the blockade was Azerbaijan’s attempt to use “starvation as a means of genocide.”
“There are no crematories and there are no machete attacks. Starvation is the invisible genocide weapon. Without immediate dramatic change, this group of Armenians will be destroyed in a few weeks,” Ocampo warned in August.
Ocampo explained to the Human Rights Commission that there are essentially two types of genocide: murderous violence with weapons, and deliberate efforts to create conditions that will wipe out an entire population. He said the Lachin blockade was clearly an example of the latter, as it deprives the Nagorno-Karabakh Armenians of food, gas, electricity, and medicine. The Azeris have blocked the Red Cross from reaching the Armenians, and even turned back Russian peacekeepers.
“This is an ongoing genocide. It is happening now,” he said. “There is no doubt that genocidal intentions are there.” — Breitbart