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Indigenous Peoples Under the Rule of Islam, Part V

Indigenous Peoples Under the Rule of Islam, Part V

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10-01-15 11:38 PMIndigenous Peoples Under the Rule of Islam, Part VPage 1 of 16http://www.atour.com/religion/docs/20011018a.html
The ModernJanissary or Mamluke
of Historical
goingInfighting Jumping
Religious Organizations Network
Indigenous Peoples Under the Rule of Islam, Part V
by Frederick P. Isaac
Posted: Thursday, October 18, 2001 at 05:10 PM CT
PART V - A DECEPTIVE IMAGEThe Modern Janissary or Mamluke
Janissaries or Mamlukes wereChristianchildren and slaves raised in the Islamicfaith and trained as special (K amikaze)soldiers to protect the TurkishSultan andhis interests throughout the OttomanEmpire. The Sultan gave the Janissariesfull authority in levying taxes.They wereresponsible to the Sultan and r eporteddirect to him. They increased inmanpower, grew in strength and becamevery powerful and influential. They were known for their notoriety,for their wheeling and dealing and blackmail. Other Janissaries of either gender, were also used as domestic servants for theelite andas public janitors, doing menial work and running errandsfor their Turkish masters, especially the military corps. In times of war, theJanissaries were used by the Turkish armies as human shields in their attacks of enemy troops and invasion of enemy fortifications. TheTurks used the Janissary as a dispensable commodity. Growing inmanpower and military strength, the Ottoman Turks fearedtheJanissaries and decided to get rid of them. The Ottoman Government put the Janissaries to the sword in masse. Those that werespared thesword were dumped in Turkish colonies, spread throughout NorthAfrica and the Balkans. Many Balkan Moslems are residues of theJanissary Mamlukes.In the Abode of Peace, some Islamic governments appoint membersfrom the non-Moslem indigenous national groups in highgovernmental posts by royal or republican decree. Like windowdressing, they are appointed in high positions without anyconstitutional power, void of authority. They are only there asfigureheads, occasionally sent on special missions to represent their governments on official matters of high importance. Yet, they lack the authority to make decisions on the same issues they had beensent to discuss.Islamic governments display such Christian officials before the international community todispel their fears and to demonstrate to the world that their method of assimilation of thenatives with the Moslem society runs without a hitch. Like stationery items, Islamicgovernments requisition and use such Christians to serve their purpose and later dispense withthem at will. Egyptian Boutros Ghali, Iraqi’ Tariq Aziz and ‘Palestinian’ Hanan Ashrawi are just a few. Such Christians have no option but to accept the offer or miss out on their career.They are obliged to overlook the interests and welfare of their Christian community for their  
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own survival and sense of security. Christians who refuse to compromise their principles loseout. Many Christians immigrate rather than stay and live with humiliation.Boutros Ghali, former United Nations Secretary General, (1992-96) is a Coptic Christian, not an Arab. The Coptic Christianstrace their ethnic roots back to more than 2000 years to their Pharaonic ancestors. The Copts have their own native language,spoken and written. The Egyptian government defines the Coptas an Egyptian Arab. In fact a Copt is an Egyptian Christian of Pharaonic ancestry. Copts are the indigenous people of Egypt.The Copts were there long before the invasion of Egypt by theArabs and its conquest in 639 AD.The Egyptian Government closed all schools of the Copts and banned their language. Later,they restricted their Coptic language to liturgical services only. The Egyptian government hastotally replaced the Coptic language with Arabic. The Copts in Egypt conduct their sermonsin Arabic and have since been officially categorized as Arabs. What Boutros Ghali needed todo, while in office, was show some concern to the sufferings of his Coptic people in Egyptand turn his attention to similar situations in other countries where ethnics are suffering fromIslamic pressure under military and despotic regimes.One of his priorities should have been to restore the rights of his own suppressed people inEgypt. They have been living under the yoke of the Islamic rule for over a millennium.During his term of office, Boutros Ghali evaded indigenous issues and his general viewpointon the rights of indigenous natives was obscure. He was pressured to follow the policy of hisArab masters.Islamic policy is against the revival of cultures of the indigenous peoples of the Abode of Peace. For Boutros Ghali to empathise with them would have led to retribution under themillet provision. Boutros Ghali tagged along sheepishly as an obedient servant of his ArabIslamic overlords. His lack of enthusiasm and oblivion to indigenous issues was verydisheartening. His slow performance, in general, did not warrant renewal of his office for asecond term.As a prelude to the efficiency of the United Nations, the Secretary General has a moralobligation to expose the inhumane treatment of the indigenous people, to help alleviate their sufferings by urging oppressive regimes to reform their constitutions. One of the main tasksof the Secretary-General is to encourage UN agencies to work for the restitution of the rightsof the aggrieved in par with other true democratic nations. Responsible persons holding sucha high post should come to the rescue of people living under brutal regimes.The indigenous people ceaselessly try through their elders to demand their basic rights butsince they have no voice to represent them in their respective governments, they look up tothe UN to alert the world to their sufferings. Without persistent pressure by the UN and theinternational community, dictatorial regimes will not respect the UN Charter by which theyare bound. They will continually ignore the international laws in breach of all conventions.Alternatively, the UN Secretary General office entitles him to play a more active role in pressuring such regimes to introduce constitutional reforms or force them to let go of theindigenous people and grant them some sort of autonomy. Unfortunately, the likes of Mr.Ghali are not shining examples in advocating basic human rights to the suppressed indigenous peoples.Tariq Azizis Assyrian and not an Arab. To distinguish amember of the Assyrian Church of the East (ACE) from aCatholic, an Assyrian ACE is called Nestorian. The Assyrian 
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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.

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