10-01-15 11:43 PMAssyrians - the Forgotten People, Part IVPage 2 of 4http://www.atour.com/government/docs/20000709a.html
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-