Fear of the Armenians, or the nationality of a song
Article-reasoning of an Azerbaijani journalist and mother
It is interesting to observe children, their games and preferences. But, unfortunately, not always. Especially when aggression, spite, hatred and even … blood and tragedy are shown in the children’s games. Our preschool children and lower form students grow up with fear and horror towards the Armenians. Our children, while playing with each other, call the defeated and beaten “ours” and the beating and defeating “the Armenians.” This is very dangerous…
Another terrible moment is the “games” conducted by teachers at schools and kindergartens as performances on “patriotic” theme. For instance, the bravest of the children should pull out Armenian’s heart and gift it to shahid’s mother. What will these sketches and this “patriotism” give the children and our future? Whom do we deceive? Ourselves or the children?
Of course, it is painful to be the wounded and defeated side. It is even more painful to hear children saying it and it pressures a person and weakens the hope for the future.
My kindergarten-age daughter was watching the videos of Eurovision Song Contest. She was asking the names of the countries one after another. But as soon as she heard the word “Armenia,” she closed the notebook malignly, saying that “I am scared, they are bad.”
I do not want to nurture the future with such perception of the world! My daughter’s fear comes not from me, but from so-called teachers who, under the guise of patriotism, sow inhumanity, fear and hatred among children.
The Armenians are not scary. I can judge about it as I have grown up with them in Sumgait.
Just like us, the Armenians have two eyes, two ears and one mouth. And they do not show themselves as bloodsuckers or cowards. For known and unknown purposes, they constantly follow our press, literature and music. Unlike us, they do not fear and do not shun music and literature. On the contrary, they watch attentively and study and then adopt what they like. Therefore, they appear before the world as an international community.
The Armenians lose nothing by keeping Azerbaijan under constant control and subjecting it to vigilant monitoring. On the contrary, the advantages and lands gained by them are before our eyes.
Is it nationalism to avoid and be afraid of foreign music, literature and art? Literature and music have no nationality. Creative work has no faith and religion…
Ambassador Charles Aznavour publicly told the world that he does not know a single word in Armenian and the only language he knows is the language of music. The French Armenians have been ruling France for many years thanks to Aznavour’s international mask.
Ara Dinkjian calls himself a Turkish and American composer. He is far from being a simpleton, he is sure that he can more easily succeed in this way. He did not miscalculate. Turkey – no matter whether it wants it or not – listens to his countless songs performed by Sezen Aksu and he himself teaches at American universities.
Turkey does not digest famous composer Fazil Say only because Say does not make ethnic, religious or racial distinctions among his audience.
We, however, are always ready to declare Armenian anyone who considerably differs from us in his vision, ideas and talents. Yavuz Bingol is insulted by his Azerbaijani compatriots only because he sings Sari Gelin in Armenian. There is only one question I have regarding this: is the song Sari Gelin in Armenian written by Yavuz Bingol?...
Oh, if only the day came when someone fell down from the heaven in a basket and explained to us the essence of art and creative personality, and made us understand that false patriotism does not do us credit.
It is not a sin to listen to Ara Dinkjian, Charles Aznavour and Cher, on the contrary, it is a sin not to listen to them.
If we aspire to be called patriots, then we have to know our enemy.
I tell all my friends, whom I respect for their intellect, education and worldview, about Ara Dinkjian’s song "Yine mi güzeliz"1.
Even if this song had been written by a person who drank my blood and took away my life, even in that case I could not refuse to listen to it.
My friends’ reaction to that song did not differ at all from the fearful reaction of my five-year-old daughter. “The author of that song is Armenian, I cannot listen to it,” they say.
How is that? An intellectual of the very same people that “cut off the Armenian’s head” and “pull out his heart” in schools and kindergartens in sketches is so much scared of an Armenian song?
When will our Armenophobia, our fear and malice towards Armenian song and literature be broken? If we cannot stand one song and if we show such intolerance, then how can we dream of international support?
If at an international film festival, five minutes before the screening of an Armenian film, we all get up and leave the hall, then what tolerance and understanding do we expect from an Englishman, German and Frenchman who saw that?
In the face of such aggression on our part, can we prove to anyone that we are the offended party?
P.S. Is the song "And Again Beautifu"l …aggression as well?