24 April is dedicated to memorializing the 1.5 million Armenians murdered by the Ottoman Turks during and after World War 1. And the Armenian struggle continues to this day. Late in 2020 a combination of Azerbajani and other Muslim forces overran Nagorno-Karabakh, an Armenian enclave that was under the protection of Yerevan for 25 years. This time, Muslim forces prevailed over Christian Armenians, in part because the Muslims received technical assistance from the Jewish State of Israel, and in part because oil politics persuaded all the great Christian powers to place petrol ahead of a potential Armenian extinction. The resulting territorial and political losses have effectively downgraded Armenia from the status of a nation-state, to that of a reservation for a diminished people.
Blog Editor Patrick Cloutier is the author of Mussolini’s War in the East 1941-1943.