An Open Letter to USAAL Readers

Posted on March. 3. 2019

S. Andrew Demirdjian, Ph.D.

As a member of the Diaspora Armenian community, I would like to state my opinion on the recent death threats made to Mr. Appo Jabarian for having published news about the Armenian Church being in crisis.
To try to muzzle the press is tantamount to attempting to keep the community in ignorance of what is happening to relevant people, places and events in their local and international environments. The threats against a journalist/columnist, such as Mr. Appo Jabarian, for publishing the news of great concern to the community are primitive, undemocratic, and downright so pre-cave-dweller mentality. In the 21st century, the pen is accepted as being sharper than the sword. Instead of resorting to acts of violence, it would be very civilized to resort to peaceful rebuttal if one is innocent of any wrongdoings. We should remember that remaining silent or not defending one’s innocence in acceptable ways might betray one of being guilty as charged. So, it is counterproductive, from our Diaspora’s point of view, to harass or intimidate a decent member of our community who has tirelessly worked as an activist as well to protect the rights and interests of the Armenian community so long and so diligently. He happens to be one of those rare Armenians who put Armenia first before any personal gains. Don’t you agree, Armenia needs more of the caliber of Mr. Appo Jabarian, and less of his woefully ungrateful detractors? I do –beyond a shadow of a doubt and I am entitled to my opinion!

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