The Armenite’s editor-in-chief, William Bairamian, discussed Nikol Pashinyan’s betrayal and other issues with Kevork Almassian of Syriana Analysis.
Many people are reluctant to call Nikol Pashinyan a traitor. They are likewise unwilling to call his co-conspirators traitors.
Part of this can be attributed to the modern unwillingness to call things by their names, even if the word perfectly describes the person, place, or thing. This is a function of the relativism that has pervaded every aspect of modern life: if beauty is in the eye of the beholder, what is ugly? If everyone knows how to do something well, can they be truly stupid? Of course, this amounts to nothing more than the ancient art of sophistry which is akin to the modern practice of gaslighting: planting sufficient doubt in a person’s mind to confuse and distract, without actually attending to the argument at hand.
The other part is just an ignorance of what actually happened. Merriam-Webster defines “traitor” as “one who betrays another’s trust or is false to an obligation or duty.” It is a straightforward definition. Armenia’s Criminal Code, Sec. 11, Chapter 28, Article 299, defines “assisting in the implementation of hostile action committed by a citizen of the Republic of Armenia, against the self-government, territorial inviolability or external security of the Republic of Armenia.”
After giving away most of Artsakh, lying consistently for 2.5 years (+a lifetime); inviting the militaries of two genocidal countries to very borders of the Republic of Armenia, to say nothing of the fact that they now surround the very little that’s left of Artsakh; displacing tens of thousands of his compatriots, leaving many homeless; and, effectively abandoning POWs and villagers on the borders, what else can one call Nikol Pashinyan and his co-conspirators if not traitor? Betrayal of trust, betrayal of duty, endangerment of the very existence of the Armenian republics and their populations: this is what Nikol Pashinyan did and that is why I rightly and unequivocally call him traitor.