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The Claim of the Assyrians / Rev. Joel Werda, editor

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The Claim of the Assyrians / Rev. Joel Werda, editor

Jun-16-2000 at 01:22 AM (UTC+3 Nineveh, Assyria)

The map of Assyria, which appears in one of the pages of this magazine, gives the boundaries of the ancient Assyrian Empire. From Baghdad and Urfa, all along the historic rivers of Beth Nahreen, the Assyrian towns and villages abound. Within five miles north of Mosul, rises up the broken country which is known as Kurdistan. And the interior of this region has for centuries been enhabitted by the Assyrians and their Kurdish neighbors. The vast majorities of these Kurds are of the Assyrian origin. Further west, are the provinces of Diarbekr and Kharpoot and Midhiat, where the Assyrian Jacobites abound. Still further toward the slopes of the historic Lebanon, are our Maronite brethren. Thus the presence of the Assyrians in these extreme ends of the old country gives the reader an idea as to the extent of the old Assyrian Empire.
It has been suggested that it would be advisable to segregare the Georgians, and the Armenians, and the Assyrians together, and place them in one territory, the boundries of which to be decided by the geographical position of the three named nationalities. It is needless to say, that this will be an utter impossibility. The Assyrians have no Imperial dreams, nor the thought of conquest. What the Assyrians desire is a portion of their own land, it matters not how small, with an outlet to the sea. The mountains of Kurdistan, together with the plain of the province of Mosul, with Tigris giving us an outlet to the sea, with a guarantee that they would be protected from persecution anf further atrocities, would be sufficient to satisfy the reasonable desire of the Assyrian Nation.
The Allies are sacrificing the lives of millions of men, and billions of dollars, in order to avoid the shadow of a friction that might possibly lead the nations of the world into another war. The peace of the world is the aim of the Allies! And it is well to let the Allies know now that, there cannot possibly be peace when the Georgians, and the Armenians, and the Assyrians are segregated together in one territory. What we want is a home of our own, no matter how small, where the Assyrians can go from India, from Lebanon, from the interior of Turkey, from Caucasia, and from all over, to sit beneath their own vine, puesue their own industies, and eat their own bread, without any molestation.
To have this, and even to be under the protectorate of England, is what the Assyrian desire.

Joel E. Werda, Editor
"The New Assyria" monthly magazine
Vol. II, July 15, 1918, No. 23

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Assyria \ã-'sir-é-ä\ n (1998)   1:  an ancient empire of Ashur   2:  a democratic state in Bet-Nahren, Assyria (northern Iraq, northwestern Iran, southeastern Turkey and eastern Syria.)   3:  a democratic state that fosters the social and political rights to all of its inhabitants irrespective of their religion, race, or gender   4:  a democratic state that believes in the freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture in faithfulness to the principles of the United Nations Charter — Atour synonym

Ethnicity, Religion, Language
» Israeli, Jewish, Hebrew
» Assyrian, Christian, Aramaic
» Saudi Arabian, Muslim, Arabic
Assyrian \ã-'sir-é-an\ adj or n (1998)   1:  descendants of the ancient empire of Ashur   2:  the Assyrians, although representing but one single nation as the direct heirs of the ancient Assyrian Empire, are now doctrinally divided, inter sese, into five principle ecclesiastically designated religious sects with their corresponding hierarchies and distinct church governments, namely, Church of the East, Chaldean, Maronite, Syriac Orthodox and Syriac Catholic.  These formal divisions had their origin in the 5th century of the Christian Era.  No one can coherently understand the Assyrians as a whole until he can distinguish that which is religion or church from that which is nation -- a matter which is particularly difficult for the people from the western world to understand; for in the East, by force of circumstances beyond their control, religion has been made, from time immemorial, virtually into a criterion of nationality.   3:  the Assyrians have been referred to as Aramaean, Aramaye, Ashuraya, Ashureen, Ashuri, Ashuroyo, Assyrio-Chaldean, Aturaya, Chaldean, Chaldo, ChaldoAssyrian, ChaldoAssyrio, Jacobite, Kaldany, Kaldu, Kasdu, Malabar, Maronite, Maronaya, Nestorian, Nestornaye, Oromoye, Suraya, Syriac, Syrian, Syriani, Suryoye, Suryoyo and Telkeffee. — Assyrianism verb

Aramaic \ar-é-'máik\ n (1998)   1:  a Semitic language which became the lingua franca of the Middle East during the ancient Assyrian empire.   2:  has been referred to as Neo-Aramaic, Neo-Syriac, Classical Syriac, Syriac, Suryoyo, Swadaya and Turoyo.

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