Monday, June 25, 2007

Aliyev's Vows

Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev is vowing to step up confrontation with Armenia:
"Speaking on June 22 at a graduation ceremony for young army officers, Ilham Aliyev said Azerbaijan plans to begin production of its own armaments by the end of this year, the daily reported on June 23. He also argued that Azerbaijan should launch an all-out military, diplomatic, economic, and propaganda offensive against Armenia which, he continued, will not be able to withstand 'that combined attack,' partly because Armenia 'does not have the military manpower' to defend the entire front line."

I think, and certainly hope, that this is just bluster. The Armenian military might not be able to defend the whole cease-fire line, but there are plenty of fedayeen irregulars who would make Azerbaijan pay dearly for any advances.

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