Posted by Azhi from 253.16.252.64.snet.net (220.127.116.11) on Monday, September 22, 2003 at 8:55PM :
In Reply to: Re: Another Article posted by Tiglath from 032.a.009.mel.iprimus.net.au (18.104.22.168) on Monday, September 22, 2003 at 3:09PM :
: Dear Azkhi,
: The majority of the people in the Middle east have a religously-based identity. And it makes sense considering that the birth of the three major religions all originated on that very same soil.
: But it goess back even further. Our ancestors the ancient Assyrians actually prayed to, and accepted many Gods. This explains why they were able to establish and create the Assyrian empire for a period of 700 years.
: In the stele below you'll see the stela of Shamshi-Adad V the King of Assyria. Although he is wearing a cross to sybolise our God Shamash he also points to the other Gods, one of which is our ancient moon God Sin.
: If our ancient steles could carve a thousand cuneiform tablets then this picture is a microcosm of what our ancient ancestors were truly like.
: Since the fall of our empire we have been buffetted by religous wave upon wave and externally influenced by foreigners who controlled our lands.
: This has caused us to become estranged and frozen each of our groups in religous amber cutting us off from our common ethnic ties.
: Also you'll note that the British and US media always emphasises that the conflict in Northern Ireland is a SECTARIAN dispute. i.e. People of the same ethnicity with different religous sectarian beliefs.
: But the very same media relishes the opportunity to call our people different ethnicities. e.g. Assyrian, Kurdish, Arab, and Shiites (As if that's an ethnicity!)
: Let's remember our ancient ancestors and not today's Assyrian patriots and try to respect, if we can't ignore all our Gods. Let's focus on the ties that will bind us together.
I just fail to understand all the hate. The Kurds and Assyrians are basically the same people.
These days, unfortunately, being somehow connected to the West and Europe is just too chic to resist in the Middle East. On the part of Assyrians, the connection can be made through Christianity. For the Kurds is a different story; almost all the Kurds I have met are emphasizing their Indo-European (i.e., the Medes) heritage. They fail to see that apart from the language, the nomad Medes did not have much to offer to the Kurds. The Medes melted away in the Kurdish population without a trace. The Indo-European influence in Kurdistan is only skin-deep. The Kurds are the end-product of many cultures and peoples, something that one should not be ashamed of.
I remember an interview by Salman Rushdie. If I recall correctly, he was asked what did the World really needed; he replied “in the age that everyone is pushing for the purity of race, language, and many other things, a little impurity would be a good thing”
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