Embraced by Islam
Kurds, who are they?
The prehistory of the Kurds does not exist. Their ethnic origin is
poorly known. Since the emergence of the name "Kurd" from ambiguity, the
Kurds have been known as nomadic tribes of the mountainous region
extending from the Zagros of mid-western Iran to the eastern extension of
the chain of the Taurus Mountains. Though they live as subject citizens of
many Asian countries, the Kurds are considered as encroachers and alien to
all such countries. Their racial origin is obscure, and their national
identity is ambiguous, making their origin questionable. Perhaps, their
conversion to Islam has led to their racial identity being fused with
converts of other races, and in the course of time, have alienated
themselves from part of their lost past.
Historically, the Kurds have never been mentioned as native inhabitants of
Mesopotamia. They do not speak the Syriac language and have no tangible
landmarks to relate to their name in Mesopotamia. Kurds are no more than
an amalgam of nomadic tribes that grazed their goats and sheep in the
Zagros-Taurus Region. Though they have occupied the region for centuries
firmly since the 12th AD, the Kurds have never achieved a
nation-state status. As previously mentioned, the Kurds are no more than
sequesters. Kurds are scattered all over the Middle East. Some countries
describe them as encroachers and others as brigands.
population is estimated at more than 15 million. They are scattered in
all directions, from Iran to Azerbaijan and Armenia, including small
communities in several south, southeast and southwest Asian countries, and
Europe. They are squatters. They have inhabited the upland region
beyond Assyria Proper for centuries. Yet the origin of their obscure roots
relates closer to the South Asian and Stan-prefixed countries than
anywhere else. Since the Islamic conquests in the 7th century
AD, the Kurds have infiltrated most of their neighbouring countries. Their
roots have since taken firm hold in the chain of mountains of the Taurus-Zagros
Crescent, as the centre link of their nomadic home.
language is an amalgam of Farsi (Persian) and Pashto (a native
language of Afghanistan), plus a blend of foreign words, except Aramaic.
They do not have a script of their own. They use the script of their
neighbouring countries, Arabic and Latin, but not the Syriac script, which
dates from 50AD. The Kurds are alien to the Aramaic language and to
Assyria itself. The Kurds do not relate to Assyria, geographically,
culturally or politically. Yet, only over the last 80 years or so, they
arrogate the Ninveh, Arba-Eilu and Arrapkha Region, the birthplace of
The Kurds are engrossed in removing the name "Assyria" and replacing it
with the name "Kurdi-stan" - the land of the Kurd. This name change is
being carried out, with tact and vigour, in collusion with Iraq and the
neighbouring Islamic countries of Iran, Turkey and Syria. The Islamisation
process of Mesopotamia and name change had actually begun centuries
earlier - since the Arab conquests of the Middle East in 7th
century AD. In subsequence, in 11th century AD, the invading
forces of the Seljuk Turks swept the whole
region, and followed in the 12th century AD by the Mongol, all
the way to Iran and beyond.
Since the eleventh century AD, the Kurds, who had converted to Islam to
escape the Turkish Seljuk sword, joined hands with the Mongol invaders in
consolidating their hold on territories that principally belonged to the
native Assyrians. Subsequent Turk invading forces supported the Moslem
Kurds. They helped the Kurds seize the region of northwestern Zagros
Mountains and part of northwestern Mesopotamia. The Kurds staked claim
over the whole region and named it Kurdistan, as the Ottomans did to
Eastern Europe and named it the Balkans. In the late 19th and
early 20th centuries, a renewed effort by the Turks, later
supported by Iraqi Arab regimes, led to unrestrained encouragement of the
Kurds to continue to occupy Assyrian lands.
Iraq's policy of its Arab, Kurd and
Turkuman majority has always favoured an Islamic style governance system.
They traditionally ignore the basic rights of the original native dwellers
of the country. Since creation of the Kingdom of Iraq in 1921, its
successive rulers have deliberately placed the Mosul Vilayet under loose
Kurdish control. Its objective is to drive off the Christian Assyrians
from their towns and villages, and to give the region a purely Kurdish
image, under the manufactured name of Kurdistan, a name completely
unrelated to the region on Northern Iraq. Iraq's intent is to put an end
to Assyrian claim to Ninveh, to deny their existence in their traditional
homeland of northern Mesopotamia (Iraq), for just being Christian.
Islam is bent on annulling
the name "Assyria" from Iraq. By accepting and including the name
"Kurdistan" in the forthcoming Iraqi constitution, the name becomes
legitimate. It thus stamps final official approval to the crimes committed
against the Assyrians and legitimises Kurdish occupation of Assyrian
lands. It would eliminate the name Assyria and replace it with
"Kurdistan". Its main objective is to cut it off from the indigenous
Assyrians. The neighbouring countries would most gladly support such a sly
move. Their aim is to annex the historical land of Assyria to the outpost
Kurdish Region. Ultimately, Kurdistan will proclaim full independence. It
will ally itself with the neighbouring states and become an extension of
the Islamic States of the Abode of Peace, part of the ever-expanding
Islamic Umma Nation. Thus, the name "Assyria" will constitutionally be
eliminated from existence, declaring the whole Middle Eastern region
The Kurds have recently put a proposal to the Iraqi Governing Council (IGC)
[Article Three, Sections (a) and (b)] to recognize the name Kurdistan and
its government as the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government. The proposed
Region includes the territories that were beyond the previous 36 parallel
green line, from the governorates of Ninveh, Duhok, Erbil, Kirkuk,
Sulaymaniah and Diyala. The said six additional cities are historically
Assyrian property. The proposal is devious. It is unconstitutional and
acrimonious. The Assyrians reject it. The world body of nations should
likewise reject it.
The world body of the United Nations is
called upon to look into the plight of the Assyrian native inhabitants of
northern Iraq. If the name of the game is religion, then the displaced
Assyrians, being Christians, need to be returned to their part of the
world of Assyria of northern Iraq, and be granted equal rights as those of
the Moslem Kurds, within their own delineated area. Why is it that the
world recognizes the Kurds as a race and not the Assyrians? The Assyrians
have historical rights to their traditional land Ninveh, Arbil and Kirkuk.
Assyrians have all the prerequisites that qualify them to return to their
home. They are the indigenous and original inhabitants of northern Iraq.
Assyria of northern Mesopotamia belongs to the Assyrian nation. Its
people have since the early 20th century been banished and live
in diaspora. If the UN and the international community feel for the Kurds,
they should similarly feel for the aggrieved Assyrian nation and treat
them on equal terms.
Kurds that abandon their nomadic
lifestyle, move into urban areas, with the firm intention of squatting, to
occupy Assyrian land illegally. They have been doing so for generations.
They accept menial jobs and low wages, just to stay put. They are used as
cheap labour. In the case of the current Iraqi Islamic coalition front
(known by the official name of The Iraqi Governing Council), it is
scheming to legalize the Kurd's usurpation of Assyrian land and give it a
legal status, under the dodgy name "Kurdistan". Putting it mildly, it is
in breach of the international law and betrayal of the Assyrian small
nation that has put his trust in the hands of the world body of nations.
The Islamic movement, in an upsurge, is moving forward to creating a new
Islamic state under the name "Kurdistan",
to meet its hidden agenda of Islamising the whole of the Middle East.
Lebanon will be the next target. Israel will be the last ground for
Islam's testing of its true
that they had been right all along. Time will tell. Yet, it is hoped
that it will not come to that, and that reason, in the end, would prevail.
the nomadic Kurds to the Ninveh, Arba-Eilu and Arrapkha region, as
being Kurdish, is farcical and nonsense. Such transgression will be
legally challenged at the United Nations Organization, the International
Court of Justice at The Hague and through other legal means. The Kurds
have plagued the East with their continuous intrusion and disrespect for
other peoples' property. Historically, the three Assyrian cities,
currently situated within the political boundary of the State of Iraq, do
not relate to Kurdistan.
Northern Iraq, previously known as Vilayet Mosul, under the Ottoman rule,
is historically Assyrian. It has always been part and parcel of Assyria.
It is the heartland of Assyria. Assyrians still live there. It is their
home - their last bastion.