An act of a responsible politician…
Posted by kronstadt on November 22, 2007
Levon Ter-Petrosyan has already issued 2 political surprises: first by announcing his candidacy, and secondly, announcing that after 3 years of being elected he will resign and withdraw from Armenian political life forever. Levon has delivered 2.5 speeches projecting an image of a responsible, skilled, clever and mature politician – it’s precisely because of this that the statement regarding the 3 year period came out. It is because Levon Ter-Petrosyan recognises the need to restore people’s confidence in him that he issued to some extent allusions to admitting mistakes and responsibility for some of his actions in the past. In the meanwhile there is a lot of talk in the media about Levon Ter-Petrosyan’s possible relationship with Raffi Hovhanissian and Vazgen Manoukyan.
So here is what I believe would be an action of responsibility and integrity by Levon Ter-Petrosyan:
To continue campaigning and gathering support around him, AND THEN surprise us all yet again by announcing his support for Vazgen Manukyan!
If Levon’s ultimate desire is to counter the existing regime rather then the pursuit of power and personal ambitions, then he should be able to find it within himself to be able to do this. This would be both an act of a admiting the mistakes and taking responsibility as a mature politician, who admits his mistakes and goes back in history to correct them – a proof that is expressed not in words and promises, but in action. This would also be an act of acknowledging his greatest mistake and the act of greatest injustice and brutality that he committed in 1996, which redefined the standards of what is acceptable political behaviour in Armenia; and which had put in motion the chain of events that brought the country to this political impasse. He must realise that his name is tarnished by many years of propaganda and history re-interpretation – some of his legacy and image is still recoverable, but most of that tarnish is beyond such recovery as to guarantee a decisive victory ( which is needed in the age when election frauds are a standard), while the future path of the country remains at stake.
The action of his support for Vazgen Manukian would not only dispel all the doubts about leadership’s stance on Artsakh, but would also clear Levon’s legacy as a political figure in Armenia’s history.