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Catholic is called Chaldean - Chaldean in this instance signifiesa Christian denomination and not a nationality. (Chaldean,implies a Catholic of Assyrian nationality with affiliation to thePapal Church). Tariq Aziz distances himself from the Assyrian‘Nestorian’ community. His Assyrian christened name isMikhail Hanna Aziz of the northern village of Qaraqosh. Heconceals his Assyrian nationality for his own selfish ends, self- promotion and false Arab nationalism under the banner of Al-Baath Al-Arabi (Arab Resurrection).Though he has retained some of his Assyrian characteristics, hehas drifted into the mainstream of his immediate surroundingsand lost much of his Assyrian heritage. His mother tongue isAramaic-Assyrian and he speaks it fluently, yet he denies beingof Assyrian origin and camouflages it because of hiscontentment with his achievement. He lacks the national pridein his genuine nationality and camouflages it because of hisdefeatism. Many such Christians in the Arab world, thougheloquent, are but sham officers - a replica of the old OttomanJanissary/Mamluke, either as a civil servant or member of the military corps.Hanan Ashrawi is Special Adviser to the Palestinian Cabinetand Minister for Higher Education. Whenever a political issuedevelops and reaches a crisis point, she is thrown into the political arena as a spokesperson and joins the front lines instreet demonstrations in defence of the Palestinian cause,exposing her life to unnecessary risk.Occasionally, Christian individuals participate in protestmarches and long noisy processions. They walk alongside their Moslem partners, in full support of the slogans they carry,chanting with vehemence against the West. The reason behindsuch conduct lies in their background. Stretching one’s memory back into history, the image of the Janissary/Mamluke flashes past. Christian participation in such activities is orchestrated toensure their survival in such a hostile environment, having nowhere else to go to escape thegrowing hostility against them. Usually such performances are the result of self-preservationrather than being sincerely spontaneous.On other occasions, Christians are appointed as spokespersons to represent the Moslems athome and their communities abroad. They allow such enactments to give the world theimpression that Christians in the Abode of Peace and War have the same rights and are equalin every respect. The truth of the matter is exactly the opposite. The Islamic governmentfinds its state religion in conflict with the Christian faith and therefore considers theChristians at home untrustworthy to assume responsible posts. They live and function withinrestricted guidelines of their overlords. At home, they are kept away from sensitive posts,especially the police, military and diplomatic corps. Abroad, the Moslem leaders consider theChristian “Arabs” as their potential ally, to be used when the need arises. They maintain arelationship but it has a low profile with leaders of the Christian community.Such Janissary/Mamluke persons are isolated from their Christian community, at home. Theylive within a very small social circle. They are pawns in the hands of their Moslem mastersand are restricted in their views and actions. They are allowed to criticise the West but nottheir political opponents at home. They cannot openly serve and promote the interests andculture of their Christian community or advocate true democracy.