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READERS by Ara Baliozian As long as I have only one reader and even if that reader insults and curses me, I will continue to write. It has happened more than once that after insulting me for years some readers have apologized. If one brainwashed dupe can be deprogrammed two may follow. To those who accuse me of entertaining messianic ambitions, I say: A messiah promises a kingdom in heaven. I promise nothing but the recovery of one's powers of independent thought. A messiah speaks of Truth with a capital t. I speak only of common sense in lower case. As for those eager to dismiss my sentiments as unpatriotic, I say: Patriotism also consists in being loyal to a set of principles that recognize no tribal or national or cultural barriers. A patriotism that is based on propaganda and lies is bound to collapse in a confrontation with, if not the enemy than, with reality. -- Ara Baliozian was born in Athens, Greece and received his education in Venice, Italy. He lives in Ontario, Canada and writes in Armenian and English and has published over 20 books of his works. He has translated works from Armenian writers, such as Grigor Zohrab, Zabel Yessayan, and Kostan Zarian into English.