Turkey´s Ongoing Colonization, the Aramaeans, the Kurds, the Armenians, Pan-Arabism and Islamism
By Prof. Dr. Muhammad Shamsaddin Megalommatis, Orientalist
March 13, 2009
Few can accuse me for Anti-Turkish or Anti-Turkic feelings and stance. But to what extent does the Turkish state represent the interests of all the populations than inhabit the territory between Edirne and Yuksekova?
To what extent does the Turkish state understand the wealth of all its components, the contributions of all the varied cultures that shaped Modern Turkey?
To what extent have arrogance and self-contentment led establishments to misperceptions and disasters?
Yet, it is one of the World History´s best lessons that when powerful establishments get engulfed in arrogance and disregard politically and economically weak but culturally and morally strong ethno-religious groups, decay comes fast.
If the Armenians have been manipulated by the French and the Russians during the last century of the Ottoman Empire, and if the Arabic speaking populations of the Ottoman Empire were left by the Sultan and his administration as prey for the Anglo-French colonials, the Aramaean Christians did not ask for secession, did not ally themselves with any Anti-Ottoman (and later Anti-Turkish) force, and did not harm in any sense either the Empire or the Republic.
Targeted by the Anglo-French colonials and the Vatican for no less than 450 years, the Aramaeans have been thoughtlessly disregarded by Republican Turkey. Yet, the Aramaean Cultural and Historical Heritage is the main historical foundation that gives Modern Turkey authority in the Middle East.
If Turkey wants to convince the world that the 1915 – 1916 massacres were mainly due to colonial machinations, Turkey has to embrace the endangered Aramaeans who face threat of historical extinction machinated by the colonial regimes of England and France under the mask of Assyrianism.
The enemies of the Aramaeans are the evil forces that, by raising the Islamist paranoia of Erdogan, attempt to colonize Turkey, turning the independent country of Kemal Ataturk to a puppet useful for the implementation of Anglo-French policies in the Middle East. (How Turkey is Gradually Being Colonized - http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/view/92835)
The secular establishment of Turkey should immediately make a great political opening toward the Aramaeans of Midyat and Tur Abdin, inviting to a great national debate the Aramaean Diaspora as well.
The combined threats of Pseudo-Kurdish Nationalsim, Armenian Irredentism, Assyrianism, Pan-Arabism, and Islamism are geared to be lethal for both, Turkey and the Aramaeans. Politically powerless, the Aramaeans possess a formidable historical – theoretical arsenal that serves Turkey´s national interests in the Middle East, while at the same time being the only guarantee for Peace in the wider area between Turkey, Yemen and Pakistan.
I republish here a dramatic Aramaean complaint from the website of the leading Aramaean NGO Aram Nahrin. In a forthcoming article, I will complete the publication of the comprehensive plead that is more important for the Turks to read than for the Aramaeans to publicize.
Turkey, Kurds, the Aramean Monastery St. Gabriel in Tur Abdin and Worldwide Aramean Protest
The Kurds as pawns in the hands of the Turks against the Arameans with the Islam as driving power.
The Aramean Monastery Mor Gabriel in Tur Abdin.
Turkey´s Colonization, the Aramaeans, the Kurds, the Armenians, Pan-Arabism and Islamism – Part II