Posted by Tiglath from 065.c.010.mel.iprimus.net.au (126.96.36.199) on Monday, November 25, 2002 at 11:01PM :
In Reply to: Re: This Boy Has Gone Bonkers posted by sankho from proxy.connexus.net.au (188.8.131.52) on Monday, November 25, 2002 at 8:31PM :
: Why then, why, a million times why, does the government of Iraq insist that there be only one ETHICITY, not religion,not language, ETHNICITY - ie Arab - in Iraq? Yeah, they embrace other religions, but only under an "Arab" context. Only under enormous pressure from another ethnic group, the Kurds, was it then KIND OF ok to add Kurdish.
>>> The Iraqi Government is attempting to homogenise their nation state in order to resolve ethnic and religous disputes and tensions.
>>> Seeing as how the majority of the Mislim-Assyrian people in Iraq have adopted Islam and an Arab culture it makes sense to adopt the identity of the majority no matter how wrong it may be.
>>> In Iraq people have a religiously based identity and telling the Iraqi people that they are Assyrian would be the best way of starting a coup. Especially true as most Muslim Assyrians associate the Assyrian identity with a Christian identity.
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