Frederick P. Isaac

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Articles and book information on Assyrian issues including contemporary history, experiences under Islamic rule, leadership and Assyrian aspirations to nationhood.

 

 

Indigenous Peoples  Under the Rule of Islam

   
The Assyrian Stump
   
In the Interest of the Assyrian Cause
Rundles of the Middle East
   
Kurdish President's Offer Not An Enduring Solution
   
Assyria at the Crossroads
   
Assyria's Unrest
   

The Political Status of the Assyrians in the Iraqi Equation

   

"Kurdistan" Embraced by Islam

   
The Name "Assyria" is Primal, Not an Epithet
   
"Chaldeans" Living in Semblance of their True Identity
   
Assyrians - The Forgotten People:
 

Part I

Part II

Part III

Part IV

Part V

   
Unity of Action
   
Assyrian Leadership
   
Pleas of a Suffering Nation
   
  Links
   

Assyria's Unrest

 

by Frederick P. Isaac

 

Copyright (c)  Frederick P. Isaac, 2005. All Rights Reserved.

(posted 25 October 2005)

 


 

It is stunning that the Kurd has been given precedence over the native Assyrian. The majority of the dispossessed Assyrians are either in diaspora or have since been coerced by the Kurds to abandon their towns and villages, in preparation for housing of Kurdish vagabonds. The aim of the Kurdish authorities in northern Iraq is to urbanise the Kurdish nomadic tribes at the expense of the expelled Assyrians.

 

The Kurds are traditionally nomadic. They are likened to the Romany Gypsies of Eastern Europe. These Kurdish gypsies have been roaming the Middle East for centuries, since the early 11th AD, leading the life of sequesters. They have not been able to strike roots to settle down and urbanize.   

 

Since their infiltration into the Middle East from Iran and north and north-western 'stan' countries, the Kurds have become the (Qarachayi) gypsies of the Middle East. They stretch from Iran throughout the Middle Eastern countries and all the way westward to Turkey and Armenia. Historically, the Kurds have not existed as a recognized nation because of their inherent nomadic culture.  They have always been on the move, spilling into the surrounding countries, unable to coexist as loyal citizens.

 

Demographically, the Kurds were never part of Assyria's heartland, today known as northern Iraq. They lived beyond the northern borderline of Assyria proper.  The traditional abode of the Kurdish tribes was restricted to within the outpost border of Assyria. Being a population of unsettled nomadic tribes, the Kurdish people did not establish any kingdom. There are no artefacts, no written records that attest to a Kurdish kingdom or their presence in Assyria proper. The Kurds roamed in a narrow region of pastoral land resembling a crescent along the 'stan' countries. This region extended from the borders of north and north-eastern tip of Assyria, all the way southward, down to the chain of the Zagros Mountains.  The Kurdish herders were mobile, following seasonal change for pasturage.

 

It is important for the world to understand that however uncertain, the Median forces had been constantly at war with Assyria.  The Medes were, on occasions, repulsed and pushed back beyond the Zagros Mountains, which chain served as a barrier between the Semitic Assyrians and Aryan Medes.

 

The Medes (now so-called Kurds) are ethnically different from the Assyrians. The Medes are Aryan in race; the Assyrians are Semitic.  Compared to the urban and highly civilized Assyrians, at the time, parts of the Medes savage tribes did actually infiltrate the delineated borders of the Land of Assyria. 

 

Assyria emerged as an independent state in 14th century BC and grew into an empire.  In time, it expanded and extended its imperial rule, to the Zagros Mountains SE, and to the shores of the Mediterranean Sea NW.  Assyria had always stood on its own.  Its capital Ninveh attests to that.

 

The name of the Medes, of the land of Media, began to appear in Biblical history in about the eight century BC.  They were closely related with the Persians in race and language. The Medes were a constant threat to Assyria's border security. One may safely say that part of ancient Media had fallen to the Assyrians, or was controlled by it. Though repeatedly repulsed, the Medes were finally able to infiltrate Assyria's borders and cause its downfall.

 

Assyria, before its demise, had had several combative encounters with the unruly Medes tribes. The Medes were unsettled tribes, not an established kingdom. They were a menace to the security of the eastern border of Assyria. The Kingdom of Media, known later as Persia, and recently as Iran came about only after the fall of the Assyrian Empire. Assyria had existed, at least, six centuries before the name Media became familiar to the ancient world. It took over another 12 centuries for the appearance and usage of the name "Kurd".

 

Demographically, Assyria had nothing to do with the Kurdish region of the 'unholy crescent'.  Assyria had its own marked political boundary, well attested until today - not so for the Kurds. Centuries later, with the emergence of Islam, in the mid seventh century AD, all the Medes, presuming them so-called Kurds, converted to Islam. Since then, the Kurds have become followers of the Religion of Islam. The Assyrians are traditionally Christian.  

 

Kurds of Iraq need to return to whither they came from - back to the outpost of their crescent- shaped region, situated beyond north and northeast borders of Assyria Proper. That is were they originated from.  The Kurds may need to expand their domain eastward towards Iran, back to their original source, and not south into Assyria and southwest towards the Mediterranean Sea. 

 

To remain on the loose and not be reined in, they would push the Turks into Europe, and occupy the whole of Anatolia. The Kurds should go back to whither they came from. The UN should adopt a resolution to implement compulsory transfer of the Kurd intruders back to their original homeland of the outpost Crescent Region, and stop pestering the Assyrians in Assyria.  Kurds have no legitimate right to Assyrian land.

 

The Assyrians make over three million.  Since their displacement in Post WWI, where Kurdish insurgents played a major role through the encouragement of the Turkish Ottoman Empire, the majority lives in diaspora. They need the support of the UN to find a way out of their misery. World religious and political groups of the elite have deliberately fragmented the Assyrian nation. They call them by dubious and specious names such as "Chaldean" and Syriani to understate their population count, minimizing their census to insignificance. 

 

The majority of the land of Assyria had been dismembered and sold out to its Islamic neighbouring countries. What little had been left, namely, Vilayet Mosul/Ninveh, had legally been earmarked as the inheritance of the Assyrian dispersed nation. Since the establishment of the Arab Hashemite Kingdom of Iraq, in 1921, the decision on the fate of the Mosul Vilayet hanged in the balance, and remained so until 1925. 

 

Instead of declaring Mosul an autonomous region for the displaced Assyrians, Britain annexed the Mosul Vilayet in March 1925 to the Hashemite Kingdom of Iraq. Those Assyrians that had been expelled from their Urmia and Hakkari homes were left homeless. Their land was taken away and included in the newly created Modern Turkey. The League of Nations, robbed their native land. The League implied that the Assyrians were a small, diminishing minority, heading towards total extinction. And the Brits got away with it.

 

Most of the world academic enthusiasts and zealots seem to be siding with the Moslem world, against the Assyrians.  They access and publish information that supports their biased views. By doing so, they disadvantage the Assyrian demand for their return to their homeland, Assyria.  The academic world seems to have recently ganged up against the Assyrians. They have embarked on launching hateful campaigns; distorting facts, in a vicious attempt for a swift kill of the Assyrian issue. Their excuse is that the Kurds have suffered too much.  If so, why take it on the Assyrians? Is it because they are in the majority and Moslems, and that they have been encouraged by their neighbouring states to sequester Assyrian land, for just being Christian? By doing so, the Kurds try to deflect world attention from their devious scheme by arrogating Assyria under the false name of "Kurdistan".

 

The Assyrians beg an answer to their question as to why, the League of Nations, at the time, did not include Assyria in the apportionment of an adequate territory, from the spoils of WWI, for the rehabilitation of the Assyrians. Why was the Province of Mosul, being their native land, not given as compensation for the loss of their entire homeland? As a reward for Assyria's loyal service, the West expelled them from their homeland. The West dismembered it and sold it to the four Islamic neighbouring states Turkey, Iran, Syria and Iraq, known as the Quartet.

 

God has been blessing the Christian world and America for centuries, how come the beleaguered name of Assyria has not come to their attention. Or are they deliberately ignoring it, because of conflict of interest?

                                                                                                        

Iraq's policy is to keep the dispersed Assyrians thinly spread among the crowding Kurds. By doing so, they keep the Assyrians under loose Kurdish control, in order to deprive them of their political rights and most concernedly, the right of the Assyrians to re-own their land.

 

The future establishment of a Kurdish federated state is very challenging. The Kurds being predominantly Islamic in religion, it is feasible. The aim of Islam is to constitutionally annul Assyria's name. Drafters of the current Iraqi interim constitution have already given northern Iraq the illegitimate name.

 

Endorsement of such an unjustifiable foreign name to Assyria of Northern (Mesopotamia) Iraq is, a testament to Islam's adamant persistence, in keeping with Islam's long-term objective.  Iraq's Dar Al-Silm and Dar Al-Harb Agenda is to keep northern Iraq within the fold of the Islamic states of the Abode of Peace, an integral part of the Islamic Umma Nation. It would be to their advantage to bestow an Islamic name on Beth Nahrain. Thus, so-called 'Kurdistan' would become Islamic in essence.  In other words, the Assyrians would be classified as a diminished minority.

 

This is a new Middle Eastern style democracy, predestined to add Assyria to Dar Al-Silm of Islam. Brandishing their guns, the Kurdish nomads, are preferred to the native Assyrians. They are given precedence by Islam. They are even preferred over the Assyrians in the preamble, allowing the non-indigenous Kurds to dictate their terms, in violation of human rights and the right of the Assyrians to their ancestral homeland.

 

The Kurds have not contributed anything worthwhile to the culture of present-day Iraq or former Mesopotamia. Majority rule seems to override small nations' rights, by eroding their right to their usurped homeland. I call such democracy a farce, in violation of the fundamental human rights and the right to their traditional homeland, Assyria.

 

We always hear politicians advocating majority rule, fostering it as the foundation stone on which democracy should be built.  We also hear about minority rights. Yet, a small nation like Assyria should not be confused with a non-state-status group, be that group a denominational one  (like the Chaldean), or large (like the Kurd). Neither had, in the past, a nation-state history in northern Mesopotamia to arrogate Assyria.

 

The majority of the Kurds, who sequester in Assyria, are illiterate. They are not even naturalized citizens of the State of Iraq. The Kurdish vagabonds are protected by the Kurdish Aghas to encroach on Assyrian land, on the pretext of being leased to the oncoming Kurds by the Kurdish Agha Leaders.

 

Kurds believe that they do not need to have a naturalization certificate. They have been duped into believing that Assyria is historically their land and belongs to them.  Their Aghas began to call it "Kurdistan".

 

If the UN is true to God honest in its dealings, in protecting human rights, and the right of the dispossessed to re-own their land and return to their homes, it would need the resilience of Moses, the endurance of Ghandi and wisdom of the Scriptures.

 

Advocates of democracy might yet learn to pay a high price for their deliberate transposition of democracy. True democracy lowers its head in disappointment and frustration at the threats and tyranny of the Kurds and radicalism of the ardent clerics of Islam.

 

A Regime that violates human rights, usurps other people's homes and land and sheds innocent blood, for its own selfish end, is not only unfit to rule but also a constant danger to the stability of world peace. 

 

For fear of persecution, Assyrians flee and seek refuge in a strange land, under the watchful eyes of the world body of nations.

 

Pray that reason and justice, in the end, would prevail.

 

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