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Assyrians - The Forgotten People, Part IV

Assyrians - The Forgotten People, Part IV

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Assyrian Government Network
Assyrians - the Forgotten People, Part IV
by Frederick P. Isaac
Posted: Sunday, July 09, 2000 at 06:10 AM CT
Assyrian leaders that objected to Britain’s biased policy andresisted its dictates, like General Agha Patros, Malik Yaku, Malik Lawku and Mar Shimun Eshai Shimun and later Meoqra Yusif Malek were threatened with court martial, arrest, exile andreprisal. The British barred the Assyrians from representingthemselves at the Council of the League of Nations. Theyconsidered the Assyrian lobbying as anti-British propaganda andsubversion. The British took upon themselves the task of representing the Assyrians at the League of Nations, and presented the Assyrian case to the League Council. The case wasconcluded in contradiction to the high expectation of theAssyrian people. The British described the Assyrians as ignorantand their leaders as defiant and abusive to the point of beingfoolhardy. Britain quashed all attempts of the Assyrians to restoretheir land and regain their dignity. Carrying their cross with them, the Assyrians were left in a pitiable state, stranded and ignored as punishment for demanding their basic human rights.The Mandated Powers, in collaboration with the World Body, justified seizure of theAssyrian land and dispensing with it at will by applying the archaic British ImperialTerra Nullius
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 law of 1788. The Mandatory Powers justified the effacement of Mesopotamia fromthe world map and dismemberment of Assyria by claiming that as an undefined territoryAssyria lacked proper lineation borders and the infrastructure of a government system to havegained its people legitimacy over their country. According to their interpretation, Assyria wasunknown territory and unexplored country. The Mandatory Powers’ excuse was that whatever action they took rendered it void of any legal effect and unaccountable as a result of their decision. The Terra Nullius law might have had some justification, if historically theAssyrians had not had an established imperial government system. The Mandatory Powersmissed the fact that Assyria had been occupied by the invading Turks as any other occupiedBalkan state. The only difference was that Assyria was situated in the Middle East and not inthe Balkans, close to the doorsteps of Europe. Just because it had been occupied by foreignforces and its infrastructure destroyed does not mean that Assyria did not exist. Assyria didexist and so does its people. They do have an officially recognized history, a live culture adistinct language and a unique alphabet - a heritage that links them to their soil. Assyrians arethe native and rightful owners of Assyria - not like the ethnic Indians of Fiji, who weredumped on the Pacific Islands, as cheap labor, to revive the ailing economy of the BritishEmpire or the ethnic Albanians, residues of the Ottoman Janissaries, who after falling fromfavour, were dumped in the Balkans during the Ottoman rule and later during its retreat fromEurope in the First World War. The Arabs and Kurds are the ethnic intruders, who haveforcibly seized Assyria and claim it to be theirs and no one else. In addition, the power  brokers literally ripped off Assyria, people and property, from the world map. The whole of Mesopotamia, including Israel, in the Middle East, whose territory extended from Jerichowestward, to the shores of the Mediterranean Sea were ravaged by the ferocity of the ArabIslamic mobs. Their fanaticism, coupled with the upsurge of nationalist fervor, with later encouragement from the Allies, swept their undisciplined mercenary troops and militiasthroughout the Middle East in a state of barbaric euphoria, claiming the whole Middle East 
 
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Islamic. There was no room for the existing aboriginal unbeliever (kafir) Christian and Jewishdwellers of the land to exercise their natural rights to independence from their adversaries.The Assyrians were denied political rights. They were politically gagged. Their tribal andreligious leaders were muzzled. They were prevented from presenting their case to theLeague of Nations. They were denied cultural, media and language rights. They were denied proper Assyrian schools and limited their language education to three years only. Therecommended system of education for the Assyrians was of a very modest elementarysyllabus, making Arabic a compulsory subject. They were allowed freedom of religion, butnot freedom of worship i.e., the Assyrians were allowed to worship at their church and home but were not allowed to practice their Christian religion openly, freely or publicly.Politically, nothing much has changed since. The Assyrians are obliged to travel with passports from their domineering rulers incognito of their Assyrian national identity.Thousands are still on the run, looking for a place to work, rest and live in peace. Thousandsof families have been separated for years, stranded in several countries with little hope of re-union with their immediate family members. In Jordan alone today, there are over 30thousand destitute Assyrians. They have gathered there seeking a way out of their affliction.The Assyrians number over three (3) million, of whom sixty per cent (60%) live in diaspora.They live in discomfort, seeing their culture and identity being gradually eroded. Their systematic persecution over the years has considerably reduced their number in their ancestralhomeland. The Assyrians are not extinct as many are led to believe. Yet, the instability in theMiddle East and deteriorating conditions in Iraq have added to their affliction in seekingrefuge elsewhere. Many live in Iraq in the cities of Mosul, Erbil, Kirkuk, Baghdad andBasrah and in villages and towns above the 38 parallel line in the no-flight zone of NorthernIraq. The majority lives in USA, Canada, and Western and Eastern European countries suchas England, France, Sweden, Holland, Russia, Georgia and Armenia. There are about 30thousand Assyrians in Australia, concentrated in Sydney and Melbourne and a few hundredfamilies in New Zealand.The Arab/Islamic states allege that
the infinitesimal number 
of the Assyrians and other ethnicgroups of the Middle East,
no longer qualifies
them to claim their ancestral land. Theindigenous remnants, they allege, were residues of ancient kingdoms reduced to insignificantminorities by prior conquests. These states claim that over time the Assyrians lost their genuine identity, melted into the Arab/Islamic pot, and became extinct.
 Persistence of theinternational community in allowing the Islamic states to continue to use the archaic ‘millet  provision’ is to ensure that fragmentation of the Assyrian people into several denominational  groups remains so and continues until the word ‘Assyria’ is completely phased out.
Theythink that such a policy will eventually weaken the Assyrian resistance, give in and acceptcitizenship of the Islamic states as a fait accompli. The fact remains that the Assyrians have become stronger in their resolve of uniting their ranks regardless of the foreign citizenshipthey carry.Excuse of the culprit governments is the official document, namely, the
"Decision of theCouncil of the League of Nations Relating to the Application of the Principles of Article 22 of the Covenant to IRAQ".
This document encourages the Islamic states to pursue this overtracial and undemocratic path for the total effacement of the Assyrian nation. As a result,these Arab/Islamic states were given the legal mandate by the international community to possess Mesopotamia without consideration to the democratic and human rights of theindigenous peoples.The Assyrians are a unique people. There is no common grounds between Arabs andAssyrians in language, religion and culture. Islamic communities, in general, are predominantly Asiatic in character, conservative to the point of fanaticism, vengeful andinfamous for their unforgiving acts of vendetta and blood feuds. The Assyrians are liberal-
 
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minded, progressive, apt to change and more sociable. The cultural life between the Arabs andAssyrians is vastly different to the point that they do not mix socially and keep away fromeach other in social functions. The Arabs live in a closely regulated religious environment.Their conservative attitude reflects inherent cultural animosity towards other cultures at homeand abroad. The Assyrians are inspired by their historical past that links their roots to their ancestral land Assyria. The Arabs want to revive their past glory of Islamic conquests andexpand farther by adding more territory to their (umma) nation through constant incursions.Because of the deep division and irreconcilable differences, assimilation of the Assyrians isout of the question. Islamic states will never democratize their government systems in linewith Western definition of democracy. Continued persecution of the Assyrians in the MiddleEast has imperiled their very existence. They have been dispossessed and denied their humanrights cruelly and unjustly before the very eyes of the international community, who claim to be advocates of human rights and promoters of democracy. Islam advocates and promotesmulticulturalism, outside its domain, because it serves as a unifying force among itscommunity members and allows it a stronger foothold on foreign soil abroad. In this way,they gain strength and demand change to certain laws in defiance of the majority rule. Athome, the Islamic government is against multiculturalism, as is the case now in Iran, Algeria,the Sudan, Nigeria, Pakistan and belatedly Indonesia. It openly confronts multiculturalism andquashes it by applying the
Millet Provision
under the (Share’a) Islamic law - a pretext that inaddition to freedom of worship, all subjects are equal citizens before the law, enjoy equalcivic and cultural rights and equal employment opportunities. It sounds democratic. But inreality, all Arab/Islamic government systems are hedged between autocracy and theocracy.The spread of certain cultures and increase in their population does not necessarily mean thatsuch cultures are progressive, acceptable or popular. There is no justification for their intrusion on other people’s rights or imposition of their culture and lifestyle on other smaller nations just because of their sheer number. Claiming the whole of the Middle East asArab/Islamic and dividing it inequitably among themselves is unjustifiable. The Arabs allegethat the Assyrians having lost their country ages ago and not living on their land, whether voluntarily or arbitrarily, have forfeited their right to retrieve it - a weak argument by anystandard that would fail to convince world opinion, as evidenced by the Jewish issue at theUN that was put to vote and won restoration of the statehood of Israel in May 1948. In recentyears, several Balkan states in Eastern Europe were in the same predicament as is Assyrianow, and to a certain degree Poland went through a similar ordeal in the mid-20
th
century. Sodid Greece during the First World War of 1914-1918 and Spain in the mid-fifteen century.They drove out their invaders, ended foreign occupation of their countries and legitimatelyreclaimed their sovereignty. The Arab and Kurd intruders, who in their heyday, werescattered all over the Middle Eastern region, grabbed and settled on other people’s landsarbitrarily. They claim that the whole region belongs exclusively to them and no other.Many options to resolving the outstanding issue of Assyria are open to the United Nations.One option worth considering is the return of the Assyrians to their homeland in thehighlands of the Mosul Province, including the Khabur region, with the assistance of theUnited Nations. If the international community could resettle seven to nine hundred thousandAlbanians in Kossovo, Yugoslavia, at an estimated cost of 11 to 13 billion U.S. dollars, whatdeters it from considering resettlement of the Assyrians in their own portion of the Mosul province of Assyria?The Assyrians are neither a millet nor a minority; they are a small nation - they should betreated as a separate and distinct people in their own right. The population of East Timor compared with Indonesia’s over 200 million is not a minority but a small nation. Had Kuwait been swallowed up by Iraq, the Kuwaitis being of Arab stock, would have been considered aminority in a population of 14 million Iraqis. Being Arabs, the Kuwaitis would haveultimately been fused into the Iraqi Arab majority. Assyrians are not Arabs; they never were 

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