What is in a Name? German NGO accepts Aramaean Nation, rejects 'Assyrian' Misnomer!
After 30 years of mistaken predilection for the fallacious terms 'Assyrian' and 'Chaldaean' for the great historical nation of Aramaeans of the Middle East, a positive change!
By Prof. Dr. Muhammad Shamsaddin Megalommatis, Orientalist
November 13, 2007
After 30 years of mistaken predilection for the fallacious terms 'Assyrian' and 'Chaldaean' for the great historical nation of Aramaeans of the Middle East, the famous and otherwise respectable German NGO “Gesellschaft fuer Bedrohte Voelker“ (The Society For Threatened Peoples) comes to the correct conclusion, admitting the mistake, and denouncing the destructive, suicidal role that the self-styled 'Assyrian' political group played against the Aramaean Nation. As the Identity and True Name issue concerns various oppressed or targeted nations in Asia, Africa, and Europe, we believe a better study of the subject will be of great benefit to all.
As we published several articles about the Aramaeans, and conducted a sexti-partite interview with the distinguished Aramaean Intellectual Gabriel Sengo, Chairman of the Aram Nahrin Organization, we find it necessary to integrally republish here from the Aram Nahrin website the related letter, as well as comments and details pertaining to this crucial development that will certainly have greater impact on the Middle East in the years ahead. http://www.aramnahrin.org/English/Threatened_People_Wake_UP_25_10_2007.htm).
For more recent readers, we indicate here the part of Mr. Gabriel Sengo's interview that concerns the falsification of the National Name of the Aramaeans through use of the fallacious misnomer 'Assyrian': "Do not Call the Illustrious Nation of Aramaeans by the Misnomer ‘Assyrians’!" (http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/viewArticle.asp?articleID=31143).
After 30 Years of Academic Mistakes and Historical Distortion
Finally waked up: After 30 years of listening to, spreading, glorifying and defending lies, distortions, fallacies and manipulations of the immoral Western Spiritual colonization and slavery product “Assyrians”!
There is in Germany an organization devoting itself to the cause of threatened peoples. The Organization is called “Gesellschaft fuer Bedrohte Voelker“ or “The Society For Threatened Peoples” (www.gfbv.de /http://www.gfbv.de/index.php?change_lang=english). This organization claims to labor for the cause of threatened peoples worldwide. This is being done by bringing the situation of threatened nations under the attention of the world.
As to the Aramean nation, this organisation has been threat to the unity and integrity of our nation for 30 years by glorification, promotion and justification of the Western Spiritual Colonisation and slavery product “Assyrians”. In all their press releases, comments and analyses they deliberately and purposely presented in outrages and tasteless way our nation to the world as “Assyrians” or “Chald-assyrians” or “Assyro- Chaldeans”. This is not only immoral and objectionable, but also a shameless and brutal attack on the dignity of our nation. After all, for 30 years they have been glorifying and promoting the product of their forefathers “Chaldeans” (in 1552 by Catholics) and “Assyrians” (in the 19th century by Protestants) and have denied the Aramean origin of our nation pertinently. This is a horrible form of hatred.
There is in the world no other organisation so anti-Aramean and pro- “Assyrian” as GFBV. The matter becomes crazier when we consider this organisation as being a “Human Rights Organisation”. After 30 years of promotion, defending, glorification and justification of the lies, deceptions, manipulations, fallacies and swindling of the objectionable, immoral, criminal Western Spiritual Colonisation and slavery product “Assyrians”, they finally wake up, that is to say: they cannot bear the unfairness anymore. Apparently, at the end also with this kind of people the conscience seems to start to play a role.
The E-mail of 2-7-2007: finally the lie unmasked! On 2nd of July 2007 the GFBV wrote a E-mail to various Aramean organisations in which they finally admit, describe and denounce the lies, the manipulations and misguiding of the immoral and outrages Western Spiritual colonisation and slavery product “Assyrians”. Finally! Please find below the German text which have translated into English.
Gesellschaft fuer Bedrohte Voelker letter to Aramean Organizations and Associations
Beloved friends, the most esteemed Ladies and Gentlemen,
The society for threatened peoples has labored continuously and ceaselessly for more than 30 years for the cause of the human rights of the Aramaic speaking Christians.
To enumerate all these activities would fill many books.
In unutterable cases we also have been working for the refugees, after which the majority of them could stay in Germany.
Thereby we have been working with the Assyrian Organizations and institutions.
Today, it is necessary to consider critically the continuation of this cooperation.
There is apparently an unbridgeable difference between the so-called Assyrians and the so-called Arameans.
For a long time we have been following the “instructions” of the Assyrians fractions.
Today, we consider it as absurd that the Assyrian Organizations with their nationalism exert the major part of their struggle against the majority of their “Aramean” people in German and the rest of Europe and this struggle comprises the major part of their activities.
When an ethnic community, like the Assyrian – Aramean – Chaldeans, is being existentially threatened, either by assimilation in the Diaspora or by genocide-alike crimes in Iraq, this (fratricide) fight is more than completely absurd.
The Society for Threatened Peoples should express this more pronounced than before.
And secondly, we consider as completely unintelligible, inexcusable and irresponsible behavior of apparently the majority of the Assyrians organizations, regarding their response to the events in Iraq.
Already from the beginning of this terrible crises, there have been numerous imaginable and unimaginable human rights violations against Assyrian – Chaldaean – Syrian people carried out by Arab Shiites, Arab Sunnites and Al- Qaida fanatics; however, the majority of these (Assyrian) organizations have then nothing else to do than to attack the North Iraq /Province Kurdistan, whilst it is the only place to escape.
With grotesque falsehoods, parliaments and governments are being bombarded with press leases, political statements and lobby letters.
As a Human Rights Organization, the Society for Threatened Peoples can neither support such actions nor defend them.
We must openly refute and oppose these hostile attacks, which are based on falsehoods, as they consist in a contribution that facilitates the activities of the persecutors, being directed against those being persecuted.
The Society for Threatened Peoples shall soon invite the Assyrian, Aramean, Chaldean organizations to Goettingen for a mini-conference, and during this conference we will collectively exert activities for the threatened Christians in Iraq.
With Kind Regards,
Aram Nahrin Organization Comments on the Letter issued by the Society for Threatened Peoples
Below, a few remarks will be dropped concerning this E-mail:
...........The society for threatened peoples has labored continuously and ceaseless for more than 30 years for the cause of the human rights of the Aramaic speaking Christians….
This is praiseworthy and is evidence of deep respect. However, all these efforts have been made undo by the promotion and glorification of the hate-generating spiritual colonisation product “Assyrians”.
Your efforts would have given more evidence of respect if you had presented our nation correctly as they deserve and if you had not put the spiritual colonisation of your forefathers in the spotlight. By doing so, you have made undo all your noble works. And why don’t you speak simply of “Arameans” instead of “Aramean speaking Christians”? There is still a certain sense of overtones of contempt, isn’t it? Why should we comply with the terms which you wish to force onto us? Don’t we have the right to be mentioned in normal way?
.........Thereby we have been working with the Assyrian Organizations and institutions….. Today it is necessary to consider critically the continuation of this cooperation. ….
And by that you have committed a misdeed against our nation by cooperation with those who even do not shun terrorism to advertise the perverse ideology “Assyrians” of your forefathers to the world.
But, why? Why now you want to reconsider the cooperation with the lie? Everything went well, did it not? Or should we say that after 30 years long of glorification and promotion of their lies, manipulations and cheating, this became so immensely huge that it finally started to trouble your conscience and therefore you do not want to continue with it? Not until 30 years pass? That doesn’t give evidence of high Intelligent Quotient, does it?
................There is apparently an unbridgeable difference between the so-called Assyrians and the so-called Arameans……..
So-called “Arameans”? Wait a minute! Comparing the unholy product of the Western spiritual Colonization and slavery “Assyrians” with the genuine Aramean origin of our nation? What an unbelievable lack of respect and brutality. For 30 years you tried to falsify the origin of our nation with all means possible. Subsequently you discover that you have backed and glorified the wrong horse and finally you blame us for all this? What an immorality, lowness and outrageousness.
You are the cause for the problems, and due to your stubbornness and lack of respect, you became lured into the pitfalls of the unholy product of your forefathers. And that is why you have no right to speak disparagingly of so-called “Arameans”; for with that you commit a misdeed. After years of glorification, finally one corrective statement comes out from your mouth by speaking of “so-called Assyrians”. And finally you should behave more civilised and respect our nation. After all, we are fighting against the hatred introduced by your forefathers!
...............For a long time we have been following the “instructions” of the Assyrians fractions…..
1. That means that for 30 years you have approved and glorified the lies, manipulations and deceptions.
2. That for 30 years you promoted hatred against the Aramean nation.
3. That for 30 years you committed spiritual genocide against the Aramean nation.
4. That for 30 years you committed injustice by listening to the outrageous bandits and liars, the unholy and hate-generating product “Assyrians” of your forefathers and with that you made undo all your “noble efforts”.
.....Today we consider it as absurd that the Assyrian Organizations with their nationalism exert the major part of their struggle against the majority of their “Aramean” people in German and the rest of Europe and this struggle comprises the major part of their activities…
That is…. wisdom! After 30 years you have been glorifying their lies, you discover that you are dealing with an outrageous evil malicious ideology? Were 30 years really necessary to discover that, listening to their outrageous and immoral manipulations, you were dealing with a very small group who make a lot of hullabaloo and fanfare, terrorizing the Aramean nation?
Wouldn't it be much more easier to listen to the Aramean organisations, so that they could inform you about everything within 3 hours instead of 30 years long listening to their lies and glorifying their manipulations in your press releases, letters and reports about the Aramean nation of the Middle-East which you falsely tried to force the criminal lie-name “Assyrians” onto them? All this, is just normal? Nothing to worry about? Just calling it a “mistake”? Here we are talking about morality!!!
One gets the feeling that this didn’t happen because of ignorance, 30 years long promotion and glorifying of lies, manipulations and history distortions! Surely, you could easily understand that you were promoting lies and fallacies and by that you committed a misdeed against the Aramean nation.
...........When an ethnic community, like Assyrian – Aramean- Chaldean existentially is being threatened, whether by assimilation in Diaspora, whether by genocide-alike crimes in Iraq, this (mutual) fight is than completely absurd. …….
The Society For Threatened peoples should express this more pronounced than before. .................
For 30 years, you have been fuelling and glorifying this immoral struggle of hatred and division. For 30 years, you have been spitting in the face and dishonouring the Aramean nation. And suddenly you became aware that this unholy ideology, invented by your forefathers, is wrong. Indeed, what a big revelation and awareness! You should have a look at the history of many other nations, who in the same way as our nation, were destroyed by your forefathers in the name of “helping”, “assistance” and “development”.
And why do you insist to designate the Aramean nation as “Assyrian- Aramean – Chaldean”? You still nourish inferior feelings towards our nation and do believe that you have the right to play with us as suits you best? Why dishonouring our nation with the immoral names “Chadeans” and “Assyrians”, invented by the criminal Jesus of the West?
What you should do is to underline the horrible misdeeds committed by your forefathers to destroy our nation. And that requires an excuses and compensation!
And secondly, we consider as completely unintelligible, inexcusable and irresponsible behavior of apparently the majority of the Assyrians organizations, regarding their response to the events in Iraq… …
Already from the beginning of this terrible crises, there have been numerous imaginable and unimaginable Human Rights violations against Assyrian – Chaldean – Syrian people carried out by Arab Shiites, Arab Sunnites and Al- Qaida fanatics, the majority of these (Assyrians) organizations then have nothing else to do than to attack the North Iraq /Province Kurdistan, whilst it is the only place to escape……
With grotesque falsehoods, parliaments and governments are being bombarded with press leases, political statements and lobby letters…..
What do we read here? 'Irresponsible behaviour', 'Grotesque falsehoods to misguide'! What a revelation of the criminal, Satanic, “Assyrian” ideology!
And this is “completely unintelligible, inexcusable and irresponsible” to you? Oh no.. no… no.. !!! Spreading lies, fake accusations, hate-provoking statements, you feel that as something wrong? Very strange indeed! You have been promoting these hate generating crimes for 30 years and now you become wise? A revelation of first order indeed!
Speaking about lies, manipulations and fallacies: It is their food and drinks! And you know that very well, Mr. Tilman Zulch, don’t act dumb! Without lies, manipulations, distortion of the facts and leading people to the garden path, this criminal “Assyrian” ideology – a spiritual product of your forefathers, have nothing to tell. That is why they slander, attack and spread lies about everyone whom they consider as the “enemy” of their “Assyria”, it is their trademark. The hate-generating lies and terror-provoking statements have damaged our people in Iraq severely. In a deeper sense, you have been jointly responsible for this behavior.
Today, they demonize the Kurds, tomorrow they attack the Turks, the day after tomorrow they ridicule the Arabs, and a week later they attack the Shiites and Sunnites. This is their way of life! Behind every tree, they see a Turk, a Kurd, and an Arab, who want to destroy their “Assyria”.
All these absurdities and immoralities, all this vileness, you have been fuelling, glorifying, promoting and advertising for 30 years. This does not credit you, as well your forefathers, who under the supervision of Jesus of the West have destroyed our nation. It is your “creation” and your “invention” which we definitely didn’t ask for it and with which you have torturing us for 30 years.
AINA: The Organisation of these grotesque falsehoods
As of course you know, the organisation which is for the major part responsible for these grotesque falsehoods is the International lie-and-hate machine AINA. AINA is specialist in ridiculing, promoting hatred, attacking, manipulations, falsifying and spread of horrible lies!
.......As a human rights organization the society for threatened peoples neither can we support such actions nor defend them….
Was it only possible to gain these insights after 30 years of spreading lies and hatred by your organisations against our nation? Or, perhaps the burden of injustice became too heavy through which you could not keep up anymore? No, Mr. Zulch, no! You definitely have no right to designate your organisation as “Human Rights Organisation”, certainly if we take into account the enormous terror-campaign against our nation for 30 years. And this, at least, requires excuses!
.........We must openly refute and oppose these hostile attacks, which are based on falsehoods, as a contribution against the persecutors and to facilitate the activities of those being persecuted…..
You should have done it 30 years ago, instead of listening to their reckless lies and fallacies. All their activities, including their food, drinks and sleeping, consist out of attacking, slashing, demonizing and hating everyone who does not dance to their piping! And certainly, you are not innocent in this entire gamut of disgrace against our nation.
........The Society for Threatened Peoples shall soon invite the Assyrian, Aramean, Chaldean organizations to Goettingen for a mini conference and during this conference we will collectively exert activities for the threatened Christians in Iraq…..
And this conference took place in September and as you know, your friends walked away from the conference (you were there). And you know why they walked away? Because after 30 years of glorifying their lies, you suddenly start to tell little bit truth and then of course they become crazy, for hearing the truth is a horrible unbearable torture to them. Can you imagine what will happen, if you tell the complete truth? They will then designate you as the great enemy of “Assyrians”.