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This is my response to this post from Ninos Younan, and I decided to repost it because it is crucial that people understand Atour.com's position on this issue.
At times those who accuse others of a wrongdoing, express a reaction that is far worse than that of the accused.
Paul >> You should begin to question the motivational factor of those who began this dismal state of affairs. The Atour reaction was a general wake up call to AINA and also a public note to the people, so visitors to www.atour.com do not wander why AINA releases have been deleted in the future. In these crucial periods, specifically in Turkey and northern Iraq, their request to delete their news information was viewed with great dismay and shock.
In this case AINA basically demanded that if anyone is to use AINA releases, and state that they are the releases of AINA, or the source is AINA, there must be care as to the accuracy of quoting from these releases, and as Peter later clarifies, if the release is used in its entirety, nothing is to be modified. This is not an unreasonable expectation.
Paul >> The sources (AINA releases) were copied verbatim with no modifications of their content whatsoever. Read the AINA notice again, your misinterpreting.
This situation was exaggerated so that the brethren sites of Nineveh and Atour to protest the request as being out of line and the reaction was to divert from the main issue and use this situation to the normal reaction of internal bickering, yet claiming that the important issue is the contents of the articles, being the fate of our priest being held hostage in Turkey.
Paul >> Speaking on behalf of www.atour.com, and no other organization, the issue was brought to the attention of the public. People are wise enough to read the AINA notice and come to logical conclusions. The only diversion which has occurred is that Atour development must know focus on finding and deleting AINA articles, further diverting us from the Assyrian Awareness Campaign and other important projects. Look forward to the wonderful Internet projects, which are coming this year.
The proper action for both Nineveh and Atour would have been, to request a clarification from AINA, in private, then state their position and views, again in private, and if all failed, to request the outside views of others whom these website managers have respect for their opinions and again in private, and try to resolve the issues amongst themselves.
Paul >> Speaking on behalf of www.atour.com, and no other organization, discussions were made with AINA prior to the public note to make sure whether this AINA notice was the opinion of one person, being Peter, or a consensus of the AINA group. After our internal discussion, the decision was made to share this critical and irrational AINA notice with the people, so they also can understand the dilemma. Before giving recommendations, check carefully how Yahoo!, Lycos, Altavista and others display identical news articles from Reuters, AP, etc.... and while your researching, remember that www.atour.com does not have their million dollar budgets.
If all failed, then in my opinion all of these sites managers should go and seek help from a good psychiatrist, preferably the same psychiatrist for all of them.
Examine your thoughts before making them public, and do have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year.
ASSYRIA FOR ASSYRIANS
Paul >> We've examined volumes of information and base our judgments accordingly. There is no place in nationalism for irrational, emotional outbursts from a news agency (whether it's one person or their group) requesting a website to delete their vital news from the server. Once again, you should begin to question the motivational factor of those who began this dismal state of affairs.
Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!