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The United States is the world’s most powerful nation. And power shows itself in action. Franklin Roosevelt himself said, “To be powerful, one must not necessarily be unjust”. That is, a strong nation needs justice.

Section 907 of the Support of Freedom Act was passed by Congress in 1992 and forbids US aid to Azerbaijan. They cite Azerbaijan’s blockade of Nagorno Karabagh and Armenia as the main reason. It is strange that this insulting amendment has been passed around the same time that Armenia invaded Azerbaijani territory. In reality, however, congressmen have not changed anything; they have not adhered to justice but have rather distorted the truth. Instead of putting it out, they have added fuel to the fire. Franklin Roosevelt rightfully wrote, “The truth can only be found when there is freedom to search for it.” Whenever a Congressman - for instance, Richard Lugar - is searching for the truth, the Armenian lobby jumps out and Roosevelt’s quote, “Give me ten million dollars and I will prevent any change on the Constitution,” realizes itself.

Azerbaijani soldiers are fighting terrorism in different regions of the world alongside American soldiers. Ironically, however, the US does not support Azerbaijan in creating an international front to fight Armenian terrorism.

Azerbaijan has joined the US coalition for anti-terrorism and the Azerbaijani president has assured Barack Obama in his letter that Azerbaijan is there for the US to fight terrorism. The Azerbaijani people, however, have not yet heard of a letter from the US president stating his support for the fight against Armenian terrorism.

For twenty years, the United States has been serving as the mediator between Azerbaijan and Armenia on the Nagorno Karabagh conflict. Along with France and Russia, the United States is a co-chairman of OSCE’s Minsk Group. But the US has so far only been the mediator, not a problem-solver. They might like mediation, but a “skilled artisan never leaves a trace.” The US must not leave in its history that “it could not resolve the Nagorno Karabagh conflict. Paulo Coelho says, “They gave up on fighting, so life gave up on them.” If the US gives up on resolving the issue justly, then life will give up on them.

When Azerbaijan gained its independence, the United States was one of the countries whose companies sought to use its energy resources. They participated in Azerbaijan’s oil and gas projects. The US continues to support international energy projects in the region and considers Azerbaijan a trusted partner. The US could not imagine the “Nabucco,” “South Stream,” and “Transcaspian” projects without Azerbaijan.

The Jackson-Vanik amendment of 1974 to the Trade Act envisioned normal trade relations of the US without Azerbaijan. This was an absurd move because the provision was added to affect relations with countries that restrict freedom of emigration and was a response to Russia’s taxes on Jews attempting to emigrate. Azerbaijan, however, has no restrictions on emigration.

In fact, there are Armenians living in Azerbaijan and can leave whenever they please. It’s strange - they accuse Azerbaijan of forcing people out of the country, yet charge those they are forcing out with obstruction. Bernard Show writes, “humans should sometimes think. I thought a few times and became a famous author.” It would also help if the Americans thought once in a while.

The Jackson-Venik provision hinders effective development of Azerbaijani-American relations. Life is a constantly running process and must never restrict itself. Rather, it is necessary to reform and progress. Obama told the Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan, “We changed. So should you.” Azerbaijan has changed; it no longer is the same as  it was ten years ago. Yet, for some reason, neither the 907th, nor the Jackson-Venik amendments have changed. This does not promote the right attitude of a strategic partnership.

Another thing remained unchanged in 1992. The US Congress is allocating millions of dollars to the illegal regime in Nagorno Karabagh. They are considering increasing the aid from $2 million to $5 million. Worth noting, the “Office of Nagorno-Karabagh Republic” has been opened in the US. The Department of Justice has registered this “office” under laws of a political lobby. The US even gives NKR “citizens” visas through Armenian passports. They then travel freely to the US and do not return empty-handedly.

American scientists are writing that processes run faster in the modern world and understanding them has become rather difficult. Therefore, we must not leave things for tomorrow. What they expected from seven wise men in the past, they now expect from one scientist. Roosevelt said, “One today is better than two tomorrows.” We must therefore remove all obstacles standing in the way of Azerbaijani-American relations. This was in fact supposed to be a result of pure logic, yet for some reason, the US seems to handle things without any suspicions from other countries about its reasoning or lack thereof.

Kamal Adigozalov

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