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OPERATION `DESERT STORM' by Kevork K. Kalayjian, Jr. (for those who can make the ultimate sacrifice) Contrary to popular belief there is no good war or bad war. There is no 'good' or 'bad' in the first place. This is an attempt to take you out of the boundaries of virtue, and evil, to a new horizon a wider perspective. Please be careful and don't assume that I might be fair, unbiased, educated, unprejudiced, or any other meaningless thing like that. Of course I am prejudiced! I still salivate on the sight of naked breasts, as long as they are of the size to fill up the curves of my palms. It's not my fault you see, I was born in Armenia, where we didn't have baby formula, so my mother had to breast-feed me till I was the age of three and at that age I was big enough to arouse my father's jealousy. It all happened, this prejudice thing when I had a chance to overhear my grandfather's conversation with a friend who had survived the concentration camps. "You are lucky,' he said, "to have an enemy like the Nazis you are very lucky! At least the German people accept the wrongdoings of their leaders, they compensate the survivors. They do something to alleviate the pain. Whereas the Turkish governments still deny the Genocide They deny the fact that they massacred the Armenians, and right in front of our eyes, day-by-day, they remove the traces of Armenian existence within the occupied lands.' Yes give me an understanding enemy and there will be an exemplary war to watch give me an enemy, which still has some human characteristics so I might create a good war. That was the conversation between the genocide survivor and the holocaust survivor as actually overheard on earth or in the heavens. This war is not about democracy, freedom, or self-determination, and it is not about weapons of mass destruction. This war is about beliefs. A set of beliefs maintaining that everything which is done in the name of this religion is better, superior, and all-powerful. Beliefs, which declare that everything out of this religion, are shameful, corrupt decadent, and ugly. And another set of beliefs, which insists that whatever is red, white, and blue, is right, just, and faster than a speeding bullet. A belief which maintains that with the proper delivery of the colors on the TV screen, the words, and the subliminal suggestions, you can be convinced, that I am right. And after you have been convinced that I am right, we will reiterate the point by quotations from the experts at our think tanks. A belief, which upholds that advanced robotics, precision technology, and superior destructive capability, can overwhelm any other belief system. Within these spectrums of beliefs, we have been saturated with waves and variations of thoughts; we have become receptacles of beliefs, which mold our thoughts for us. God forbid we should have a thought of our own. God forbid we should utilize our own thinking process. No! It's all printed, it is graphically presented in color, on the screen, all over it's so easy it's 'help yourself' take whatever you like don't take whatever you don't want! So you see it all comes down to "want" or "don't want" instead of "to think" or not, "create" or not. Why else our government did not declare war on Turkey, when that country occupied Armenia? Why else we did not declare war on Turkey when the Turkish troops invaded the island of Cyprus, and conquered half of that island? Why else we do not have sanctions against Turkey, when Turkish generals use napalm bombs to kill their own Kurdish citizens, they continue to deny the crime against humanity the crime of genocide! The rights of the Armenian minority are violated every day? Their churches destroyed cemeteries obliterated any proof of their ancient existence eliminated. Why do we still regard Turkey as a valuable ally? Because ... we choose our enemies according to race, color, religion, political affiliation, wealth, geographic position, and sex. Speaking of sex, the better the more! At this instant when we are fighting for the liberation of Kuwait. and the elimination of weapons of mass destruction, Yes, sometimes we have to remind ourselves what we really are fighting for. So now when we are fighting for the liberation of Kuwait and not for the destruction of Iraq, about a thousand miles north of Basra Azerbaijani Turks are trying to displace a handful of Armenians from their homeland, the mountainous region of Karabagh - Artsakh, they already accomplished their ethnic cleansing in Nakhichevan. There are killings of innocent Armenians in Shahumian the Armenians of Sumgait and Baku have already been killed or deported! Who can pronounce these names anyway? Too bad! Our geologists have not discovered oil there, their uranium deposits in the mountains are insignificant, and they do not even have any holdings in our stock exchange. So our TV screens need not be crowded with these sad facts we have more just causes to pursue. For all of you who seek justice, and you think you deserve the assistance of this 'super power', next time you are born make sure there is something under your land oil, uranium, gold, or something like that. Or, what the heck, just get born at a time when we are ready to test on the field our new generation of surgical destructive toys. But wherever you are born make sure they have enough baby formula! as there might not be ... mothers with breasts anymore 01/21/1991 -- Kevork K. Kalayjian, Jr. A graduate of the AGBU's Melkonian Educational Institute, Nicosia, Cyprus, holds a B.A. in Political Science and Economics from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Rutherford, NJ, a M. Ed. Counseling Psychology, from WilliamPaterson University, Wayne, NJ, and CPA requirements completed at Pace University, NYC. Kevork resides in NY with his wife Maral, and three sons Aramazt, Tro, and Ohanes. A descendant of survivors of the Genocide from the town of Kilis, in the Cilician region of Armenia, an accountant by profession, he likes to paint and write. His next project is to collect the names of 100 volunteer Armenian-American families who would like to resettle in Armenia and jump-start a new way of work and life there. Some of his poems have been published in literary periodicals such as "Ararat" and at www.poetry.com.