Liberating Iraq: The Untold Story of the Assyrian Christians by Amir George (author)
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Strategic Media Books (July 15, 2013)
8.4 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
This is the story of the Iraqi war written by one of the only people in Iraq without a minder. It is based on the author's own personal insights as an Assyrian Christian over a period of several years, which were drawn from meetings with the Iraqi Prime Minister, President, Foreign Minister, top US and international officials, and the Iraqi people themselves. It reveals what happened to the weapons of mass destruction, and it tells of the horrors experienced by those who worked for the Iraqi government and what life was like under Saddam. It describes the days leading up to the war, the first relief convoy to cross the border into Iraq following the war, and the tremendous success of the nearly 400,000 Americans who fanned out across Iraq to love and save the nation only to now be on the verge of seeing that success lost. Liberating Iraq will appeal to those who served in Iraq, their family members and anyone who wants to know the truth about what really happened.
A Homeland For Iraq's Christians by Amir George. June 27, 2014.
First proposed in 2007 by Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari as the solution to the plight of the 2.5 million Assyrian Christians of Iraq, a homeland in Northern Iraq, the historic home of Assyria is finally becoming a reality.
At its peak, with nearly 2.5 million people, or 10% of the Iraqi population according to prewar Iraqi Government figures, the Assyrian Christians, the original people of Iraq dominated key parts of Iraqi society and provided the historic context for much of the national narrative.
Tolerated, but persecuted severely during the time of Saddam Hussein along with other Iraqis, Liberation brought about a new set of challenges as the loss of the secular state brought about sustained religious persecution reminiscent of the early 20th Century Assyrian Holocaust in which nearly 2/3 of the Assyrian nation was massacred.
The proposal for an Assyrian Province in the Nineveh Plain was more of a practical convenience, as the plan was later discussed directly by Assyrian representatives with Prime Minister Maliki and President Talibani, both of whom endorsed the plan, provided for under the Iraqi Constitution as the only way to convince the nearly 500,000 Assyrian Christian refugees to come home.
Prime Minister Maliki going so far as to propose an Assyrian Security Zone to speed up the implementation of the process so the refugees could be brought back as soon as possible, a major headache for Iraq with her neighbors prodding her to take her citizens back.
Representatives of the Assyrian Christians were clear they would not bring their people back to live under and Islamist Government and only to an area they controlled in the image of the Kurdistan.
With the fall of the central government control over major parts of Iraq, the Kurdish takeover of Kirkuk, the Assyrian Regional Government is once again seen part of the solution to bring stability back to Iraq.
The so called "Biden Plan", the Assyrians are proud to point was modified by then Senator and now Vice President Biden when he included Assyria as the fourth part of the plan including Shiastan, Sunnistan and Kurdistan.
Regardless of the outcome of the current difficulties Iraq faces, it is clear that some form of federalism in which the four major groups that form the Iraqi state are moving into regional governance models.
For the Assyrians, beginning with their limited security force of under 10,000 they need once again the support of the international community, this time not as refugees, but with help and assistance so the Assyrian Regional Government can become a reality and along with the gleaming success of neighboring Kurdistan be an example of what a successful Iraq can look like.
One former Assyrian Christian member of the regional Parliament said, "things are in flux right now and we are patrolling our areas and waiting for things to settle down so we can see the way forward."
Assyrian Christians, though subscribe to a higher law - the historic promise in Isaiah 19 that there will be an Assyria once again.
In the midst of the confusion and handwringing of the debacle of Iraq, there is a silver lining that after over a millennium of wandering, the Assyrian Christians, with a little help from their friends can finally come home.
The sacrifice of 4,888 brave Americans who gave their lives, 32,000 seriously injured and 2.5 million who served so bravely must not be in vain.
About the author
Amir George is an Assyrian Christian whose family is from the Northern Iraqi town of Mahoudi and author of "Liberating Iraq - the Story of the Assyrian Christians" at www.liberatingiraq.com.
\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.)
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 —
Ethnicity, Religion, Language
Israeli, Jewish, Hebrew
Assyrian, Christian, Aramaic
Saudi Arabian, Muslim, Arabic
\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.
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. —
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.