NATO’s malign influence has sullied almost all the world’s sporting groups and tournaments, Declan Hayes writes.
Because of the thuggish actions of Armenian moron Aram Nikolyan, fewer people than ever will speak today of the annihilation of the Armenians, whose 108th anniversary occurs on Monday, April 24th. Instead of treating Aram Nikolyan, the Armenian narcissist, who burned the flag of Azerbaijan at the opening ceremony of the European Weightlifting Championships as a hero, the Armenian authorities should now apologise for this moron’s actions and then take steps to ensure there can be no recurrence of this outrage, which only goes to justify the ongoing sporting marginalisation of Armenians, Russians, Palestinians and all others in NATO’s cross hairs.
Nikolyan grabbed the flag of Azerbaijan and set it on fire during the opening ceremony of the European Weightlifting Championship, which was held in Yerevan from April 15 to April 23, the results of which serve as ranking for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games. Following the actions of this Armenian moron, the Azeri authorities issued a joint statement withdrawing Azerbaijani athletes from the championship. Although Armenia’s Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports released a statement in reply saying that Nikolyan’s narcissism did not affect the integrity of the games, optics matter, all the more so when they consist of insulting an entire nation by burning its flag at a sporting event, which should and must be neutral ground.
As things now stand, the Azeris and their Turkish backers are calling for Armenia to be barred from holding any similar events in the future and, whether we like it or not, Nikolyan’s narcissism has played right into their hands. Turkish athlete Cansu Bektash, who took the gold in the 45 kg weight category, dedicated her victory to the Azerbaijani athletes who withdrew from the competition. Thus, though the narcissistic Nikolyan got his moment in the sun, he has done immense damage to Armenia and to her Russian ally, whose athletes NATO banned from competing at Yerevan.
This is at a time, remember, when Armenia’s only credible deterrent to Turco-Azeri aggression is the armed forces of Russia, who presently have many other concerns to contend with. One such Russian and CSTO concern is that NATO is dragging Armenia by the scruff of the neck into its orbit. If the Armenian people feel that being a NATO vassal would serve their interests better, they best prepare to kiss everything they hold dear, their lives included, goodbye for that is the price of subjugation. Because Armenia has no chance of militarily standing up to the Azeris and the Turks, actions like that of Nikolyan’s are of no help whatsoever.
Because NATO does not believe in sovereignty, not for Armenia nor anyone else, that is why countries like Armenia and Georgia are riddled with countless NATO-funded NGOs, crisis actors and sundry morons, useful idiots to coin a phrase. Although I do not know if Nikolyan was knave or fool, his actions have gravely harmed the sporting aspirations of both Armenia and Russia.
Although some readers might wonder why I am beating this dead horse, it is important to do so, if only on the off chance that East Europeans might exercise their brains on such matters that are of great optical and therefore practical importance. Here, for example, on day 122 of the Azerbaijani blockade of Nagorno-Karabakh and the 120,000 Armenians living there is a bus load of Azeri “eco-activists” on their way to re-enforce the blockade of the Lachin corridor singing Can Gedirik Almağa, whose lyrics include, “Let those mountains see Grey Wolves again; leave the land of Oghuz and run away.”
Although Nikolyan might be too thick to understand his own stupidity, what he has actually done is to strengthen the Grey Wolves terrorist group, who are central to the ethnic cleansing of Nagorno-Karabakh and who gave the Azeri weight-lifters heroes’ welcomes on their return home. Nikolyan and his supporters and collaborators have, in short, helped weaponise weight-lifting against both Russia and Armenia and, for that, NATO and its armies of NGOs and sundry flunkeys are no doubt grateful to him for serving their agenda rather than that of Armenia’s.
Although Nikolyan and other morons would disagree with the above analysis, it depends what lenses we use to view such actions. My own lenses see the CIA’s guiding hand in NGOs not just in Armenia but in other countries like Yemen as well. I see its Russophobia not only in weight-lifting but in the murder of Lumumba in the Congo, of Sankara in Burkina Faso, of Allende in Chile, of Ghadaffi in Libya, and in the overthrow of Nkrumah in Ghana. Genocides, Great Crimes, Catastrophes too awful to dwell on, which is why the CIA’s media bullied Iris Chang into suiciding for exposing The Rape of Nanking and why others of us now in it for the long haul need to recharge our batteries by watching ice hockey, weight-lifting, snooker or horse racing.
Whether Nikolyan realises it or not, his stupid action is now linked to the attacks by MI5’s astro turf protest groups on snooker and the Grand National horse race, which are part of a much wider agenda to contain not only the ice hockey players of Russia and Belarus but ordinary Westerners who might dare to buck the system.
Although entire books should be written to expand on the previous paragraph, consider this short article by MI5’s BBC network, which paints Putin and the entire Russian military as some sort of James Bond villains controlling every aspect of sport in Russia. Leaving aside that Putin as President of Russia has, like leaders everywhere, to morally, financially and logistically support his country’s sporting efforts at every level, Russia, like all other countries, has to find a means to strive towards sporting excellence and Russia’s efforts are not qualitatively different from those of Britain, the United States, Ireland, Australia or any equivalent NATO or Five Eyes country. The long and the short of it is the BBC’s Russophobic bile is fuelled not by genuine ethical sporting concerns but by NATO’s campaigns of extermination in Ukraine, Armenia and elsewhere.
Actions like Nikolyan’s serve to put East Europe behind NATO’s Rainbow Curtain, where the goal is to have only NATO’s barbarians partake in all high-profile events and to invert the entire model of the Ancient Olympics, which continued uninterrupted for 1,172 years, largely because the bully boy tactics we see personified by Zelensky’s rump Reich and its Western backers were explicitly excluded.
The British Reich best personifies this turn of events, where the Russians are excluded from Wimbledon because their King, who would not know a tennis racket from one of Zelensky’s money-making rackets, might be embarrassed if a Russian won their rigged event tournament cum catwalk.
This is not to dismiss out of hand the need for protests but to say there is a time and a place for everything and Yerevan was neither the time nor the place. Though Monday, April 24th is the 108th anniversary of the Armenian Holocaust, it is also the 107th anniversary of Ireland’s 1916 Easter Rising led, as it happens, by folk who attended the same school as my good self and whose values I imbibed with my mother’s milk. Writing a poem to his own mother on the evening before his 3 May 1916 execution by firing squad, fellow Westland Row alumnus Patrick Pearse said they had rebelled “in bloody protest for a glorious thing”.
Although historians and literary critics can debate the validity of Pearse’s words, what is not up for debate is NATO’s ongoing genocides call for protests at a bare minimum. And none more so than the ongoing genocide of the Christians and Muslims of Palestine, who commemorate their own Nakba, their own Holocaust Day of Remembrance on 15 May when their Israeli overlords will confiscate yet more of their flags and consign yet more of them to the hereafter, just like they do on a daily basis as our opiated world avert its eyes.
In answer to the question as to how such genocides can be ended, Mikhail Podolyak, who was one of Ukraine’s negotiators (sic) in their peace talks with Russia, believes the solution lies in a Final Solution, in the total destruction of not only all Russians but of all things Russian.
For those of us in Ireland, Armenia, Palestine, Russia and everywhere else who prefer to watch weight-lifting, ice hockey, horse racing or snooker to going all Adolf Hitler on the Christians of Jerusalem and Kiev, we must exercise our brains to fight this soft war and, in the process, push show boaters like Nikolyan to one side.
The situation, as things now stand, is that NATO’s malign influence has sullied almost all the world’s sporting groups and tournaments. However, as NATO has slammed the door shut on Russia, the civilised world should look on that for the opportunity that it is. Here at 37:35 in this excellent documentary on Mongolian nomads attending school in one of the world’s harshest environments, we see the boys enjoying themselves at recess by wrestling each other. The importance of Mongolians wrestling is their sport, like the Grand National’s horse racing, goes back to the ancient Olympics and that NATO’s money mandarins are determined to destroy both of them.
Although NATO might very well succeed in their nihilism, neither Russia nor Armenia should help them in that regard but should, instead, strive to offer a more wholesome and viable alternative by getting their young charges to wrestle, to kick ball, to pump iron and, in general, to show that NATO’s barbarians can never really win, not at sport nor at anything else of real consequence.
The core truth in all this is there are but two roads the sporting world can follow. One is NATO’ road that is paved with the skulls of Armenians, Palestinians and Africans from Burkina Faso, Ghana, Libya and other African countries that never warrant a media mention from one April 24th anniversary to the next. The other road, the road less travelled and the one infinitely more difficult to traverse is to prise open the door for the weight-lifters of Russia, the ice hockey players of Belarus, the footballers of Palestine and the tens of millions of girls and sports women NATO despise and, by walking that road, we can help end the challenge the BBC and the entire NATO network poses not only to our sports but to our common existence as well.