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At the same time that the author was about to write about Vardan Boyajyan’s participation in events that were supposed to contribute to a fair solution to the Armenian Question, the French Parliament set out to discuss a law that criminalizes the denial of the Armenian Genocide. For two weeks now, the author has been watching the hysterical attempts of the Turkish authorities to influence the French deputies. What they just do not threaten — and impose trade sanctions against France, and boycott French goods, and not even join the European Community (as if someone invited them there). Obviously, when the author describes another milestone in the biography of his hero, the decision made by the French will already be known. But regardless of it, one pattern cannot be overlooked — neither the thirty-year (1893-1923) genocide of Armenians in Turkey, nor the recent pogroms in Soviet Azerbaijan have changed the ostrich behavior of the great powers. They continue to stubbornly ignore the pathological Armenophobia of Turkey and its younger brother.

The words of Raphael Lemkin, one of the initiators and drafters of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, involuntarily come to mind: “After the end of the war, about 150 Turkish war criminals were arrested and imprisoned by the British government on the island of Malta. The Armenians sent their delegation to the Peace Conference in Versailles. They demanded justice. Then one day the delegation read in the newspapers that all Turkish war criminals had been released from prison. I was shocked. A whole nation was killed, and the perpetrators were freed. Why is a person punished when he kills another person? Why is killing a million less of a crime than killing one person?”