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Building a nation: A mission that involves all Armenians 2013-02-24

Hrach Kalsahakian


The recent political developments in Armenia have great significance for all of us.

As a nation we should be working to build a country of Law, where immigration would cease to be considered as salvation by large portion of the population. There are so many duties resting on the shoulders of the state, but the current structure does not favor the fulfillment of any of these.

Armenians living in far countries need to see their fatherland as a place for beneficial investments, while those living in nearby locations, marred with unpredictable political conditions (such as Syria), need to consider Armenia as a place where they can take refuge and achieve final return, not only in principle, but also mainly as a practical solution.

In order to make the above happen, the ruling regime, which was, during the last twenty years, reproduced in Armenia in one form or another, and the country of Armenia itself, which has undergone a series of cosmetic interventions, are not enough and do not satisfy the minimum expectations of the citizens. They do not even satisfy the nostalgia-ridden Diasporan Armenians, who have the habit of seeing the disadvantages of the homeland with particularly forgiving eyes. A secure Armenia, however pleasant it might sound, is not enough and does not fulfill our dreams.

Nevertheless, we are interested that, the expected changes in Armenia would take place without brutal use of force and under completely peaceful and civilized conditions. We should be extremely alert about this, because the individuals, who are keen about preserving their interests, will not hesitate to exploit every possible mean, including any national, regional and international leverage, to maintain their existence.

We should be confident, but, at the same time, not disregard the difficulties and the provocations that might face us. Constructing a country is a far more difficult mission than declaring its independence. Without getting involved in the task of building the country, our work would remain incomplete, because nations do not live only with the declaration of independence.

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