CALL FOR RESIGNATION OF JOHN NIRMROD
CHURCH OF THE EAST
Have you ever imagined riding a mechanical bull set on an intensity level of 3?
Now imagine the bull being a 4WD and yourself accompanying an Assyrian Aid Society (AAS) medical team, gritting your teeth, clutching the 4WD's handles and hauling boxes of medicine that rattle on every bump.
Welcome to the life of an AAS Medical team! And welcome to the rugged road to Nahla!
The date was the 27th of June and the AAS's medical team consisted of Dr. Yousip Hormis from Dohuk, a pharmacist Ishmail Heydo David along with an Assyrian Democratic Movement (ADM) driver, Patros Rafael, and an ADM policeman, Gilgamesh Phillipos. I was also lucky enough to hitch a ride with the team.
Having met them in the North Iraqi city of Akra the only news I had of the trip was that we were traveling into the Nahla region a region consisting of seven Assyrian villages and one Kurdish village.
The AAS medical team had twice before been blocked access into Nahla. In order to precede political pressure along with a personal visit by the team to the KDP headquarters in Akra were required. After lengthy questioning and a search of our 4WD's contents we were finally given permission to take a medical trip into Nahla.
Politics aside we were now on the infamous unpaved dirt road to Nahla. Driving in searing 40 degree weather and being buffeted from left to right it felt as though the 4WD's chassis was about to tear open on every bump. It had been over three years since the AAS medical team had last visited Nahla and judging from the remoteness and ruggedness of the region it was understandable why it was so important for the people of Nahla to receive this medical access.
After one and a half hours of ascending mountain trails along cliff faces and wading through waist-high streams, with the 1982 model 4WD, we assumed that we had passed the worst of it as we approached the first Assyrian village.
"It's stuck!" exclaimed Patros Rafael as he changed gears from reverse to first in an effort to clear the mud. With the village of Kashkawa only a few kilometers away Dr. Hormis and I decided to walk to the first village and send for help while Patros and Gilgamesh attempted to use rocks and sticks to clear the mud.
After a 20 minute walk in the hot sun we arrived sweating at the local village chief's house and had him send help for our 4WD and call the villagers to his house where the clinic would be setup and the team begin seeing patients.
With the help of a local tractor the 4WD was helped out of the mud and the medical team finally arrived and began unpacking the medicines on the front porch of the village chief's house. Ishmail David painstakingly arranged the medicines into ordered boxes and bags.
"I'm all set up here!" he told Dr. Hormis.
Dr. Hormis sitting on a chair then began to administer to the steady stream of patients that had lined up to his left. With the automatic blood pressure reader strapped around an elderly person's upper arm, Dr. Hormis, speaking in Syriac, would fire of questions at the next patient. In quick fire succession Dr. Hormis got into a routine of questioning, diagnosing and testing a patient before coming up with a recommended treatment which he would shout out to Ishmail David.
"Give this lady Zantac and antacid," he'd shout out.
Ishmail David would then franticly look through the ordered boxes and bags of medicines to find the Dr. Hormis's prescribed medicine. After finding the medicine he'd carefully either measure out or count the quantity required and place it in a container or bag before writing down the quantity and frequency of use for the patient.
We next traveled to Dupereh, a purely Kurdish village in the Nahla district. After arriving and unpacking at the village chief's house the local Kurds slowly arrived and began to be administered by Dr. Hormis. The Kurds showed great respect for the team as seats and glasses of cold water were brought out to us. The men also assisted in hauling the medicines from the 4WD onto the village chief's front concrete porch. Meanwhile Dr. Hormis continued his work and switching to Kurdish he asked a Kurdish mother to roll up her son's shirt as he placed the end of the stethoscope on his chest.
"Cough medicine and antibiotics," he shouted out to Ishmail David. Ishmail, who was busy opening little plastic bags and filling them with the prescribed pills and doling them out to the patients.
Before leaving Sirwan Zari a local Kurdish man approached the team and speaking in Kurdish wished to express his thanks for the team's hard work, "The medical assistance that you [the AAS] have given us, has not even been given by our own people."
Next stop on the road to Nahla was the Assyrian village of Zhouleh. Having arrived at the village chief's house the team again unpacked boxes of equipment and medicines before the first patients began to arrive.
Barely pausing to give Ishmail David breath Dr. Hormis treated patient after patient. Patients with serious symptoms, especially the elderly, received lengthy and serious questioning as well as undergoing an extensive diagnosis before medicine was prescribed to them.
The Assyrian village of Khalilane was the next on the list as the medical team once again hauled equipment and medicine onto the front porch of another village chief. By the time Dr. Hormis and Ishmail were ready a queue of parents holding their children had grown.
It was here that the age old parenting method of scaring their children into good behavior backfired. All it took was one alert little girl to scream out, "The Doctor's going to give us a needle!" before all the children were set off. Children with mild symptoms such as rashes or coughs were crying and bawling as they waited in line refusing to see the "dreaded" doctor.
Needless to say the already stressed medical team's nerves were severely tested.
Hezaneh was the next Assyrian village visited by the medical team arriving at 7:30pm. By this time the day was just beginning to end and the medical team was hard pressed to finish their job before daylight ended.
As in the other villages the medical team went into their well practiced routine of unloading and setting up before the patients started arriving. With little access to medical facilities and with isolation of their villages many villages with minor ailments also presented themselves before the visiting medical team.
The main tools used by Dr. Hormis were a stethoscope that hung around his neck and an automated blood pressure tester that had been provided by the AAS-America. In some cases a Glucometer, supplied by the AAS-America was also used to test patients who displayed signs of diabetes.
Bilmand was the next Assyrian village to be visited and thanks to the installation of the new electricity generators that had recently been supplied by the Assyrian American National Federation's (AANF) the team arrived to a village fully lit up with fluorescent tubes and globes. With the team's energy waning Dr. Hormis pushed them to complete this final village before resting for the night. Once again patients were seen and given treatment as the clock ticked past 12:00am.
At 12:30 am the medical team completed had completed their work and were invited to a late dinner by the village chief's wife. After a quick bite to eat the local villagers dispersed us amongst themselves and gave us a place to sleep for the night.
Next morning we were up at 8:00am sharp as villagers who had missed out the previous night came in early to see the doctor whilst we were still having breakfast.
The medicines dispensed in the Nahla region had been part of a shipment sent at the start of 2002 by the AAS-America branch. The huge shipment had been dispersed throughout the AAS pharmacies throughout North Iraq and the AAS pharmacy in Dohuk had stored the remaining medicine for medical trips of just this type.
In addition to living in one of the most isolated villages in North Iraq most of Nahla's villagers were very poor. This meant that not only did they have no access to medical facilities but even if they could reach a doctor it was doubtful that they could afford to pay his bill.
With the first wave of patients treated the team collected its medicines and equipment and prepared to complete Nahla's remaining villages.
Dr. Hormis and the team then hopped into the 4WD and pressed onto the remote village of Meruke. After arriving and going into their usual routine, I questioned some of the villagers about the accidents or diseases that most scare villagers.
Their mixed responses reported that scorpion and snake bites are a common occurrence in the Nahla region and in the past year alone, one person had been treated for snake bite and four for scorpion bites.
With this history in mind and combined with the isolation of the villages Ishmail David had to prepare village First Aid Kits consisting of snake and scorpion syrum as well as other items such as band aids, cough syrup and pain killers. These First Aid kits were left at the home of each village chief with instructions on how to administer the syrum.
Our final destination was the remote Assyrian village of Cham-Rabatke. Half way to Cham-Rabatke and mechanical problems struck our 4WD yet again. This time it was a sharp stick puncturing the 4WD's tire. Patros and Gilgamesh yet again insisted on handling the situation as we waited in the searing midday sun. With the tire changed we hopped back into the 4WD and drove to the final village.
With the final village complete we packed and then boarded the 4WD yet again for the journey back to Akra. In the two day medical trip the team had managed to see 8 villages, 104 homes and close to 907 people!
On the bumpy journey back to Akra I asked Doctor Hormis what his thoughts regarding the two-day AAS sponsored medical trip. His remarks were, "I've been working with the AAS for the past 10 years. When we first began we had bigger problems. We had medicine shortages, lack of security as well as many other difficulties."
AAS Pharmascist, Ishmail David's thoughts on the trip were also very similar, "This work is routine as we've done this work for the past 10 years. Our aim is to take the medicines into the remote Assyrian villages and dispense them there. If we can fulfill our obligations to our people then we're even happier. It had been 3 years since we'd seen our people in Nahla ..they were in great need of these medicines."
Table : Nahla's eight villages and a Census conducted during the medical trip gives a breakdown of Nahla's homes and villagers.
A NIGHT TO REMEMBER: SF DINNER TO FUND ARBIL DORMITORY
To raise $100,000 for a new dormitory and youth center for Assyrian university students in Arbil, the Assyrian Aid Society of America (AAS-A) is planning a truly splendid fund raiser in San Francisco on the evening of Friday, November 15, 2002. Our plan is to serve an elegant five-course dinner with each course pre-pared by a different chef of Middle Eastern background. Michael Mina, who has achieved great success and fame with his Aqua restaurant in San Francisco, and whose family is from Egypt, has agreed to participate. In May the James Beard Foundation recognized Mina as the Best Chef in California 2002, a most prestigious honor.
Michael Ginor, author and owner of the internationally renowned Hudson Valley Foie Gras in New York, will provide his spectacular foie gras. He was born in Israel and his company has become the largest foie gras producer in the world. The dinner will be at the San Francisco Ritz Carlton Hotel. This will be a truly elegant affair, starting with champagne and hors d'oeuvres, followed later by a silent auction and a small live auction. We are also pleased to be able to say that several wines made by Assyrians will be served.
Rommel Moshi, the President of the Assyrian Aid Society in Iraq (AAS-I), and Esam Nesan, the AAS-I Educa-tion Department Manager, will be our guests of honor. You can count on looking forward to Assyrian musical entertainment as well.
So often we hear about elegant affairs to support the arts or political causes or other local humanitarian organiza-tions. Now it's time to support one of our own, for our own---the Assyrians.
This gala event has long been on our "to do" list as AAS-A has sought to explore new fundraising sources both within and beyond the Assyrian com-munity. How exciting it is to see this idea becoming a reality, and how satisfying it is to know the facilities it builds will be serving our young people in North Iraq for years to come.
The dinner committee is chaired by AAS-A Director Mona Malik, and she promises to produce a spectacular and successful evening.
For more information, please call (510) 527 9997, or send email to email@example.com
FIRST ANNUAL NISIBIN SCHOLARSHIP AWARD CEREMONY
The Assyrian American Association of San Jose Proudly Presents
First Annual Nisibin Scholarship Award Ceremony
Assyrian Collectibles Auction
Sunday, September 29, 2002
Admission is free
PUBLIC FORUM: DISCRIMINATION AGAINST MINORITIES IN AUSTRALIA
The Assyrian Universal Alliance Australian Chapter has great pleasure in inviting all Assyrians to a forum on "Religious Discrimination Against South and Central Asian Minorities" organised by Amnesty International New South Wales branch- Religious Network, details of which are set out hereunder:
Date: Friday 13 September 2002
Topics will include:
Speakers will represent Assyrian Christians, Sabian Mandaean, Zoroastrian and Sri Lankan Hindu communities.
We are pleased to advise that Mr Shmoel Shalalo will make the presentation on behalf of the Assyrians.
For more information about the seminar please call 0407 235 349 or visit
Amnesty International website on
MESA CONFERENCE NOVEMBER 2002 IN WASHINGTON D.C.
The Middle East Studies Association's annual conference will begin on
November 23rd and it goes through the 26th. The conference takes place
at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC.
FUNDRAISER FOR CONGRESSWOMAN JAN SCHAKOWSKY
Assyrian Committee for Civic Responsibility will be hosting a fundraiser for:
Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, 9th District (D-IL)
Sunday, October 27, 2002 at 5:00 p.m. in Eden's Banquet Hall, 6313 N. Pulaski Rd., Chicago, IL 60646. Donation is, $50.00; hors d' oeuvres will be served. For additional information please contact, Nadia E. Joseph at (773) 865-4997; firstname.lastname@example.org or Raymond Oshana, (773) 447-0358.
Biography of Congresswoman Jan Shakowsky
Jan Schakowsky was elected to represent Illinois' 9th Congressional District on November 3, 1998, after serving for eight years in the Illinois State Assembly. The 9th Congressional District encompasses city and suburbs, including the North Lakeshore of Chicago, Evanston, Skokie, Niles, Morton Grove and several Northwest Side neighborhoods.
A consumer and senior citizen advocate, grassroots organizer, and elected public official, U.S. Representative Jan Schakowsky has fought throughout her career for economic and social justice and improved quality of life for all. She is committed to universal health care coverage for all Americans, to ending violence against women, to national investment in public education and housing needs, and to issues affecting working families.
In Washington, Schakowsky serves on the House Financial Services and Government Reform Committees. Schakowsky was appointed Chief Deputy Whip by Democratic leader Dick Gephardt to serve under Democratic Whip Nancy Pelosi. She is ranking member on the Government Reform subcommittee on Government Efficiency, Financial Management and Intergovernmental Relations. Schakowsky is a member of the Health Care and Medicare Task Forces. She is also a Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus Special Committee on Election Reform and is the author of the Provisional Voting Rights Act of 2001, legislation to guarantee that no registered voter is turned away at the poll. And following the September 11 terrorist attacks, she serves on the Homeland Security Task Force.
Schakowsky is the author of First Things First, a bill to put on hold the tax breaks that benefit the wealthy until national security and critical domestic priorities are met. She has won major legislative victories to increase federal assistance for abused women and children and to protect the rights of battered immigrant women. She was also successful in including provisions in major legislation to expand housing opportunities for low-income people and to assist small business owners and farmers. She is the author of comprehensive legislation to provide protection to consumers from predatory lenders and to safeguard the rights of victims of identity theft.
Schakowsky is an active member of the Congressional Human Rights Caucus and is a champion of expanding our nation's hate crime laws. Following the vicious hate crimes committed against her constituents and others over the 4th of July weekend in 1999, her bill condemning acts of hate was passed by the full House. She is a powerful voice for protecting children and putting an end to the epidemic of gun violence. In 1999, she organized the first national women's forum on gun safety in Chicago and is working against the gun lobby to pass sensible gun safety measures that would save lives.
A champion for the nation's seniors, Schakowsky is actively engaged in the national campaign to give 39 million senior citizens and persons with disabilities access to affordable prescription drugs. Schakowsky is also working to ensure that seniors receive quality home, hospice, and nursing home care.
A longtime consumer advocate, who in 1969 led the fight that put freshness dates on products sold in the supermarket, Schakowsky carries on that tradition in Congress. She is recognized as a leader in Congress working to protect consumers from predatory lending practices.
With three district offices in Chicago, Evanston, and Niles, and a dedicated team of constituent advocates, Schakowsky is working to deliver to the people of the 9th Congressional District superior constituent services and a powerful voice when dealing with federal agencies. Representing one of the most diverse districts in the nation, Schakowsky immediately took on the Immigration and Naturalization Service on behalf of her constituents in order to bring to an end the agency's culture of the "customer is always wrong."
Prior to her election to Congress, Schakowsky represented the 18th District in the Illinois General Assembly for eight years. She chaired the Labor and Commerce Committee, and served on the Human Service Appropriations, Health Care, and the Electric Deregulation Committees. She also served as a Democratic Floor Leader and as Secretary of the Conference of Women Legislators.
As a State Representative, Jan Schakowsky sponsored and passed many important measures, including bills to strengthen the Hate Crimes Act and nursing home protections; to increase support for public libraries, day care centers and home delivered meals for seniors; to allow parents leave from work for school conferences; and the first bill in the nation guaranteeing homeless people the right to vote.
For twenty years prior to her election to the State House, Schakowsky fought for the public interest and rights of Illinois citizens. In 1969, as a consumer advocate, she began the fight that put freshness dates on products sold in the supermarket. As Program Director of Illinois Public Action, the state's largest public interest organization, she fought for energy reform and stronger protection from toxic chemicals. As Director of the Illinois State Council of Senior Citizens from 1985-1990, she organized across the state for lower cost prescription drugs and tax relief for seniors, financial protection for the spouses of nursing home residents and other benefits for the elderly. She has been deeply involved in the fight to protect women's reproductive freedom.
U.S. Representative Schakowsky is on the Midwest Governing Council of the Jewish Congress, and is a member of the Labor Union UNITE! and a number of grassroots and civic organizations. She also serves on the Advisory Council of the Board of Directors of Palliative CareCenter of the North Shore. Schakowsky resides in Evanston, Illinois with her husband Robert Creamer. She has three children, Ian, Mary, and stepdaughter Lauren Creamer, and four grandchildren, Isabel, Eve, Lucy, and William. She graduated from the University of Illinois in 1965 with a B.S. in Elementary Education.
IT CREAK OR WILL IT CRACK?
The title is not my own invention, because it has been the title of a scientific seminar given by an academic many years ago. I have kept memorizing those words for years and have chosen to be the title of this modest article as the structure of Baghdad may either creak or crack in the coming developments.
The rhetoric against Baghdad has intensified in recent weeks (the time of writing), with the United states boldly taking the bashing line while Britain is standing by Baghdad, which is natural to me from my personal experience, with the rest of macro-nations remaining either opportunistic, indifferent or waiting for further developments.
In February 1978 I arrived in Britain and the message I conveyed was that Baghdad is a dictatorial regime, thing Britain did not like to hear from anyone, if it did but not from an Assyrian Christian. At that time the leading opposition of today were not invented yet and Britain as elsewhere was swamped with Baghdad-financed loyalist students.
I had to wait until 2 August 1990 when the Baghdadi army seized the Sheikhdom of Kuwait, then the opinion started to shift to what I was preaching twelve years before. The regime was battered near total collapse in the 1991 war but was intentionally saved due to cordial love affairs between Baghdad and foreign interests and at that time there was no alternative for who would replace the sultan in Baghdad. Baghdad accepted military surrender on the condition that the outside powers should not work to unseat Baghdad.
That was fine until 2001 September 11, the tragic event that altered the perspective, with Baghdad increasingly turning as Islamic as Afghanistan, Iran, Sudan or Saudi Arabia, waiting for an opportunity to occupy the world's headlines.
Things are different now especially when we are approaching the
first anniversary of September 11 and news media almost everyday
report a wide coverage on the unending saga that has dominated the
international stage for nearly 12 years.
The nonviability and unworkability of such cheese and chalk state is due to its ethnic problem, because its creation did not cater for ethnicly based state. The Assyrians, Kurds and others were ruled by Arab minority faction without even granting them minimal rights; their nationalities remained suppressed as were the other religious minorities like Yezedis and Mandeans.
The state failed and will fail until its constitution is totally altered to safeguard the freedom of the Assyrian Christians and other minorities.
During the royal regime and early republican era the government and the army were dominated by Arab Muslims of Mosul, but with the Baathists in power the weight shifted to a few towns north and west of Baghdad with Tikrit and Haditha taking the highest share in the establishment, the rest of the nation ignored.
The current leading opposition figures have no solutions to the
problems of the current state should the Baghdadi regime cracks;
they will remain inert and incapable of solving the state's problems
especially ethnic and religion.
You can not impose an Islamic regime and you can not impose an Arabised regime but the solution will lie in solving the ethnic problem along the federation line or sort of that.
Although there are four possibilities for the aftermath of Baghdad's collapse; disintegration, federation, minimal change or no change, but the first and the last are not likely to happen, because the problems will exacerbate more and the land will become ungovernable. Minimal change if not federation are most likely to come out in the first stage but that could develop for greater separation in the following years or decades.
The Assyrians under the state of Baghdad
Ever since the imposition of the Hijazi run 1920/1921 state our Assyrian experience is a sham, its a history of occupier and occupied, persecutor and persecuted, abuser and abused, without any sort of identity, citizenship or belonging; having no dignity on our soil, squeezed between Kurds and Arabs, unified against us as their common enemy, striking us whenever it is relevant to them.Our chance for national salvation or nationhood came to no fruition mainly because our people were not ready yet for such responsibility, also we lacked effective and proper leadership despite having a few national figures like Agha Putros, add to this the sell out and betrayal of the colonial powers, Britain in particular. Later our token leader, late Agha Putros was found murdered and our national cause was put to rest.
History is repeating itself and the political enigma that culminated after First World War is within us again, and this is to prove that the creation of such state is neither tenable nor viable. The problems of the state will not remain only but will explode without control unless the nationalities problem is solved in a new system that match the national aspirations of the ethnic groups rather than what fits the colonial master and the Hijazi tribe.
The time of our march to freedom and liberation is now, and there is no other time to come; we have the best generation of all times, all determined and if we fail this time, our Assyrian pride will be crushed forever and our people who still live in our homeland will begin to scatter more and more and our land will no longer be called Assyria.
Winds of Change Blowing Over Baghdad
As the Baghdadi brutal regime begins to teeter and the current political morass moves to exacerbate by the impending blows from either within, or without or even both; we the Assyrian masses have to take a comprehensive and solid stand and enter the process of change that soon will take place in our dearest land, the land bestowed to us, generation after generation, by our glorious forefathers.
We have to enter the process of change boldly and stand firm, breaking our yokes and smashing our shackles and never shy that we are part and parcel of the coming process of change and we as the native indigenous people want our share in the slicing of the cake. We have to leave our tragedies and sacrifices and tears behind us and take the one way road that leads to our freedom and liberation.
As a nation we have to reject the state of Baghdad in its present form and shut for good the years of serfdom and misery and need never shy in seeking anything that leads us to our salvation for we have nothing to lose but our 'chains'.
In opting valiantly and in unison the radical approach to our Assyrian national salvation and Assyrian national recognition, we Assyrians have to pay final farewell to the Young Turks, Kurdish mercenaries, Faisal I, Ghazi , Bakir Sidqi, Abdalsalam Aref and Saddam Altikriti.
We Assyrians with republican nationalist Kurds and Arabs have to shape the future of the country, leaving the gates open to other minorities to present their cases. If the country remains unified we have to go for it on the condition of federation between regions populated by Assyrians, Kurds and Arabs, asserting that the north west of the country is assigned as the regional governance for the Assyrians, with the rest for the Kurds and Arabs.
Should the country teeter, we have to go for it too and we have to shed no tears for our executioners the likes of Bakir Sidqi and Saddam Altikriti.
Integration or Isolation
We will no longer live as slaves on our own soil under Arab rule nor as pygmies under the Kurdish rule but we go for an Assyrian self-rule either within the current state if manages to stand on its feet or for full entity if it crumbles and this maybe be taken in step by step approach.
From the Seventh century up to our present time, our experience is full of disgrace and tragedies surfacing again and again according to the will of the ruler. Shall we remain scapegoats always at the mercy of the ruler? Will the future be free from typical dummies like Kamal Ataturk, Bakir Sidqi or Saddam al-Tikriti? Shall we shed more Assyrian blood by appeasing the Kurds and Arabs, our killers, for the sake of a nice word like 'integration'?
Thh butchering of the Christians has always been routine. We cannot define our people as either 'integrationists' or 'isolationists'; there is nothing as either black or white because the picture is very clear, either we remain oppressed under the Kurds or Arabs or be free to run our own afairs. Why should things start to change for better when everything is going for worse with the dominance of anti-Christian Islamic tendencies? Things did not change in the past fourteen centuries.
Within an Islamic state, the state cannot tolerate equality between Muslims and non-Muslims, namely Christians; this is the doctrine, ever was and ever will be. Take the experience of Syria and Lebanon since the two states were baptized by France and see the decline in the Christian power by the coercive compatriot Muslims or the experience of Christians of Indonesia who had the best Christian-Muslim tolerence prior to the advance of the Islamists.
In the past years, our Indonesian brothers and sisters in Christ are suffering most. Christians villages are being erased by invading Muslim militants, some of them volunteers from other Muslim countries, with the army and police either standingby or joining the Muslim militants. This practice is happening all over the land from Indonesia to Pakistan and from Sudan to northern Nigeria and from Kosovo to Bosnia ; the matter is not if this could happen in Alqosh or Ankawa but when.
Ethnic and religious chasm present in such a state ordained by
colonial power to fit its dominance and impose its permanent straitjacket
on our Assyrian people, to abort the creation of a rival and advanced
state in a backward region.
History proved that representation does not deter slaughtering
our people, even if an Assyrian was made president of the republic,
he had to work harder and show himself more Islamic than any Muslim.
This view is shortsighted and
Our ideal integrationists are the likes of Tariq Aziz and Franso
Hariri. The former serves Arab Nationalism and the latter adopted
Kurdish tribalism; but despite being loyals to their causes both
are locally derided, simply for being Christians. One was assassinated
to be a lesson for other Christians, while the other his future
is bleak and will be mocked more for being Christian than being
Baathist. Both always hated despite serving the Muslims to their
best and doing nothing for Christianity and Christians. This proves
that holding offices does not alter our status unless we go for
The nearest Christian states to us are Cyprus, Greece, Georgia and Armenia where Christians are free and protected by the state with the exception of Cyprus which is more vulnerable but this is due to Britain's 'subversion' rather than Turkey's aggression. It is a collusion between the two to divide and rule.
In the same way Assyrians will always be persecuted and their necks under the sword unless they run their own affairs as full nation or as a partner in a loose federation.
At The Mercy of Such Miserable Rulers
History is full of such tyrannical rulers who used the Islamic
'scythe' to decimate their Christian subjects by all means that
suited the day but let us stick to our present time, because if
we keep memorizing history some will accuse us of not living in
the real world but disillusioned with the past.
In another episode and during the early 1970s Saddam al-Tikriti
ridiculed the Libyan Leader, Muammar Algaddafi, for stating that
Christians of the Middle East have either to convert to Muslims
or leave. But now Saddam al-Tikriti is the one who is implementing
the same ideas, a double-edged sword, Islamisation and emigration
of Assyrians. For how long shall we remain stateless and allow such
miserable idiots to decide for us? Muammar Algaddafi did not mean
Freedom and Liberation are the Only Solutions
We Assyrians did not enter the modern political arena in time like
the Kurds for example who started two decades before us, because
this was due to many reasons but now the time has come and our voice
is being made louder
We seek the full change of the regime and the federal system if the country is kept unified, based in republicanism and secularism of the state with Assyrians given the north west section of the country.
The current regime is teetering and the change is real and we most of the Assyrian people, apart from a few, go full length and seek the freedom of our people. Here we have to be sure that the changes are genuine and benefit our people and reject any ploys of arranged palace coup and transfer of power from Saddam al-Tikriti to another, a policy favoured by Britain to keep its dominance as it did since the creation of that shabby state at the expense of the Assyrian national existence.
Events made the creation of the state of Baghdad and the state
of Yugoslavia possible and in the same way the events of cracking
of Yugoslavia will be matched by the cracking of Baghdad, but we
have to show our effective stand
We the Assyrian people and in the same way we exalt our past leaders
like Agha Putros, our current activists or members of ADM, AUA,
BNDP or any, will be judged according to their nationalistic cards
and their services and
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