Army officer, military doctor Vahe Avetyan is dead. Republican Ruben Hairapetyan’s bodyguards beat him cruelly in the restaurant belonging to the member of parliament. Vahe Avetyan died after several days in coma.
After the incident the ministry of defense issued a spotty statement to pursue revelation and punishment of those guilty.
So who will dare attend the funeral of the killed officer – the president, the minister, deputy ministers, chief of staff of the Army?
Perhaps nobody because Ruben Hairapetyan may be offended.
Besides, the ministry of defense does not have a tradition to bury killed or murdered soldiers, attend their funerals at a high level and thus establish a culture of respect for the army uniform and status.
There is no culture of dignified state protection of families of killed or murdered soldiers because otherwise they will run out of money for expensive cars for the minister, deputy ministers and other officials, as well as fuel and maintenance costs.
When human life, tragedy, two orphaned kids are concerned, discussion of funerals and high-level attendance become impertinent. But this state should at least have a spot beyond which it will be demonstrated that human life is the highest value for the state,
On the other hand, government officials are honest. For them human life has no value. For them a restaurant, a bodyguard, luxury at home and work are values. Their reaction to Vahe Avetyan’s case is not the first and unfortunately there is little probability that it will be the last.
So, at least in this sense they are honest to the state and the society and do not pretend.