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Khojaly Remembered in the Washington Times

Eric Lyman has a provocative piece in the Washington Times on the twentieth anniversary of the Khojaly Massacre. It can be found here, and is worth reading in full.

From the article:

In the shantytowns, residents are slow to criticize their government, but they say they have seen little evidence of its investments. The country’s growing international clout and the capital’s ambitious skyline do not interest them.

They just say they want to go home.

“For me, the top priority must be recovering our homeland,” says Rafael Ismailov, a retired truck driver injured during the attack 20 years ago.

Due to shrapnel he took in his ankle during the onslaught and infections that followed, one of Mr. Ismailov’s feet has withered into a twisted stump that requires him to hop on his good leg to get around his small home, an abandoned railway boxcar.

“There was a time for negotiating, but that has not given us the results we want,” he says. “I am against war, but if it takes force to get our land back and they can find a truck I can drive with my ruined foot, then they can strap me in and I will help lead the charge.”

The danger of frozen conflicts is that they do not and cannot remain frozen forever. If the international community means to avoid another shooting war here, this problem must be solved sooner than later.