INTRIGUE DEVOURS TIME

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11:42:34 - 30/03/2010

Governments would replace each other faster than day and night in
a so-called normal country if it had to cope with at least half of
the internal problems that Armenia is facing. In Armenia, despite
a great number of grave internal problems which tend to aggravate
and crystallize rather than be solved, an almost strange situation
has occurred when all the subjects of the Armenian political sphere
place their "hopes" for change in the country on the Karabakh issue.

Alongside with this, it is visible to almost all the subjects that the
degree of indifference of the society towards the NKR issue is the
greatest by far. So, what is the "expectation" to achieve change in
Armenia through the NKR issue based on if the situation becomes tense?

Perhaps, there is no ground for optimism in connection with arousing
activeness in the society at some point in the escalation of the NKR
conflict, because if the possibility of such activeness were more or
less tangible, some political forces would have already expressed their
abilities in this connection, considering that it is already stated
clearly that Armenia is ready to yield the liberated territories in
return for the status of Karabakh.

In the meantime, the subjects of the political sphere are waiting,
which is evidence that they are not reliant on the society's activeness
at all. After all, if the efforts to get the society active about
primary social problems fail, it will be hardly possible to make
the society active regarding an issue in a short period, which for
already a decade and a half almost the entire political palette
presents as the cause of serious social and economic problems,
obstacle to overall development.

So what is the hope of all those people who relate the "expectations"
for change to the NKR issue? Perhaps the hope is the intrigues. The
intrigue strategy is encoded in almost all the players of the Armenian
political field. It is not accidental that the unprecedented for
independent Armenia movement of the society, even the movement of 2008
relied on intrigues as a guarantee of success. The policy of dividing
the government system part by part is meant, which was conducted by
Levon Ter-Petrosyan on Square of Liberty. And Levon Ter-Petrosyan
perhaps knows best the Armenian government system and its tactical
traditions which have already crystallized into psychology.

Consequently, if he also relied on this strategy, it means that he
did not see other tactical means of achieving success.

The problem is that enriching themselves with such codes for years on,
in the political sphere of Armenia intrigue has become an objective
reality, drawing a vicious circle, intrigue leads to intrigue, outside
which the path leads nowhere, and taking that path to reach somewhere
takes so much time that Armenia does not even have half of it.

This is the psychology that has to confront home and foreign
challenges. Meanwhile the controversy and tragicness of the situation
is that challenges offer comfort for the psychology of intrigues, and
the lack of challenge causes discomfort and anxiety. It is a paradox
- the Armenian political system must fight a phenomenon on which it
feeds morally, politically and materially. Perhaps this paradox is the
reason, which by the way, has become a regular state, that mentioning,
perceiving and resisting challenges in Armenia resembles the situation
when cold water harms all patients but they are thirsty, and water
is harmful to them but at the same time the only way of staying alive.

HAKOB BADALYAN