Monday, May 4, 2009

Operation Vahan?...

Sometime within the past week, Azatutyun Radio had a story on "Operation Vahan," a new initiative by the Yerevan Police aimed at decreasing crime, I think it was. There wasn't much written about it, and still isn't. A1plus mentioned it briefly (Armenian, English) in the May 1 article about the roads into Yerevan being closed, yet again. In fact, this "Operation Vahan" was used as an excuse to check cars going into Yerevan. Vahan, for those who don't know, means 'Shield' in Armenian. I wonder who they think they're defending.
The name "Operation Vahan" made me think of the last time I heard the term "Operation" used in the Armenian context. That was Operation Nemesis. Writer Jacques Derogy dedicated an entire book, originally in French, entitled Operation Nemesis, and then in English, Resistance and Revenge, to the topic.
Interesting that in that case, the Resistance part and the Revenge part were organized by the ARF, as opposition to those who had committed crimes against the Armenian people.
I'm not sure why I made the connection. I suppose its because the term "Operation" anything implies such an organized, decisive and controlled plan, often against a large foe or force. Which makes sense if you're fighting a huge army, or have a secret plan against Ottomans. It does seem a tad out of place when it is supposed to describe a plan to decrease guns and drugs in the city/country. It seems out of place to use a term so evocative of violence to describe a program that is meant to decrease violence and crime, and to protect a people.
But, I supposed I should stop being surprised that SS's government is acting that way towards its own people. That's the Revenge part. Definitely on the opposite side than the Resistance, in this case.

[image from a1plus]

7 comments:

Armen Filadelfiatsi said...

We Armenians are very violent people. We just need to direct the violence efficiently.

That's a fact.

We sit around and moan about all the things that have been wrong, but we don't think about what we can do to make things right. And that is FIGHT. Kick their asses.

Fuck it, kick their asses then.

Anonymous said...

operation kick-ass!!

Neato!!!

nazarian said...

The most infamous 'Operation' I can think of was 'Operation Koltso'. That one, just like 'Operation Vahan', was also against the Armenians.

tzitzernak2 said...

Nazarian - You're absolutely right - A friend of mine reminded me of that Operation just after I had posted, as well.

Anonymous said...

hayaser coolly picking up where raging lunatic pashinyan left off last year.

ah, the evolution of the under the LTP influence opposition...

tzitzernak2 said...

Anonymous 1:02 pm is referring to a comment by Hayaser which I deleted, as its implications crossed a line.

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