Today Was a Sad Day, Updated
So apparently my powers of observation are severely limited. In fact, they’re so limited that I dropped the ball on all the other things going on about this day of remembrance for Xocalı. Admittedly, one of the problems is that I’m not in a school. Since I’m not a teacher, and I don’t spend time in school, I get to observe much less of what’s happening in lives of most Azerbaijani youth.
While the general public may be going about their day, what is happening in schools is much different. Directors of schools generally have strong obligations to note big days like the Xocalı Massacre, and then teachers usually need to keep up with their directors, and then the students get roped into assemblies or ceremonies discussing the importance of denouncing the Armenian aggressors (a group of which all Armenians are members, of course).
Or, if there’s no such assembly, the discussion generally falls on the teachers in classes, talking about how all Armenians are terrible people, maybe not even people, and that they all have to be killed. I have no dog in this fight, but I’m pretty sure that the propaganda surrounding this conflict is pretty disastrous for everyone involved. Attempting to disagree means you are a traitor. And continuing a dialogue that follows radically propagandistic lines only leads to paralysis, or maintains it.
So you can be sure that I find this all a little disturbing. And you can also probably be sure that someone will be angry that I would dare characterize their behavior like this, but that’s what it is. A sad day, indeed.
*One other note is that this day of remembrance is a little less stressed than a day like İyirmi Yanvar because it didn’t occur in Baku, and it was something discovered only days after the fact. The İyirmi Yanvar disaster, while involving fewer casualties, was more central to Baku and pushed to to forefront of everyone’s mind instantly. Xocalı, less so.