I am writing in response David Boyajian’s letter published in the Armenian Weekly on Sept. 27, 2012 regarding Ambassador Djerejian’s upcoming presentation at the human rights lecture endowed by my husband and myself and in conjunction with the Armenian Heritage Park.
It is unfortunate that Mr. Boyajian, who had already voiced his opinions to me and my committee regarding the selection of Ambassador Edward Djerejian for this year’s speaker, has chosen to go public with his ill-founded criticism before the lecture. He might have withheld his judgment until after he heard what the ambassador had to say. Boyajian’s use of inflammatory language, out of context, pronouncing the ambassador guilty by association, and more importantly guilty for not publicly doing things Boyajian’s way, draws the line between those of who would be diplomats and those who are not.
Given the recent tragic events in Libya, we have come to more fully appreciate the difficulties our ambassadors have always faced. I for one join our committee, and I hope with the entire Armenian community, to welcome a man who has served our nation in difficult posts, has upheld his personal honor and our county’s honor, and share the respect we feel for him as an Armenian-American.
Our committee’s invitations come after hours of meetings, discussions, and vetting potential speakers—including by our co-sponsors. Controversy has come in the past, and will no doubt with each year’s choice for speaker and even our topics. It is impossible for people at this level of accomplishment to please everyone—nor should they. It is exactly why it is so important to hear them speak whether we think we agree with them or not.
We are honored that Ambassador Djerejian has taken the time out of his very busy schedule which takes him around the world to be our speaker.
Carolann S. Najarian, M.D.
The K.George and Carolann S. Najarian, M.D. Endowed Lecture on Human Rights in conjunction with the Armenian Heritage Park