WHERE DO THE ASSYRIANS STAND AND
WHICH DIRECTION ARE THEY
Every genuine question requires a genuine reply. The
foregoing question is definitely sincere. For this reason it
necessitates a genuine answer. This question does not concern one or a
few people. It is intertwined with the spirit, and is tinted with the
blood of the entire Assyrian people. It is not a new question; it has
been awaiting a response for decades and even centuries. For this
reason, it is important to analyze it profoundly and examine it
Questions do arise when there is ambiguity and lack of
clarity. The Assyrian people have no part in decision-making and do not
know what the national agenda is nor where they stand. The Assyrian
individual has no idea which way our nation is going and what steps are
being taken. He does not know whether our nation is progressing towards a
bright future, or is at a standstill. This is why the aforementioned
question arises. Moreover, questions arise as a result of knowing, seeing,
and hearing. The Assyrian hears, witnesses, and knows about the movements,
struggles and achievements of other similar nations who were creative and
victorious. All that which is witnessed, heard, and known raises questions
about our nation: What it is doing, and where it stands.
From whom is this question asked? Truthfully, it is
addressed to our national leadership. Who are they and where are they?
Here it is necessary to remark, in order to awaken, raise the
consciousness, or perhaps shake the reader, that only a worthy nation has
a worthy leadership. This is possible if the nation is centralized, can
exercise its free will and knows who its devoted, active, and loyal
members are. However under the present circumstances, this is not an
option for the Assyrians. The above statement must be transformed into:
“The worth of a nation is in the worthiness of its leadership.”
If a nation is victorious, progressive and prosperous,
it is because of the capability of its leadership. But if a nation is in
distress, hardship, homeless; if it is dispossessed and forlorn, all this
affliction is the result of incompetent leadership. What is obvious today,
is that our nation suffers from harsh persecutions and destitution. This
is our condition and our lot today. Where is the pillar against which our
nation may lean and get encouragement? Where can the Assyrians look to get
a glimpse of hope for the future? There are no answers to these questions
nor the main question: Where does our nation stand and in which direction
is it heading? Every Assyrian must individually seek an answer and find
what is essential in our life. What is the reason for our apathy and
If someone asks us these questions what will our
answers be? To provide answers we need to make the following observations:
Recurrent events or conditions
are habit forming. If they continue for a long time, they become a part of
our existence, and a second nature to us. On the basis of this
observation, it is relevant to ask what has happened to the Assyrian
national character ever since the Assyrians lost their statehood and began
life as a Diaspora?
Continuously different parts of our nation have lived
under subjugation while the other parts have provided them with shelter,
clothing and means of survival. This situation has been recurrent for
2,600 years and is our lot today. It has become second nature that
whenever a section of us is uprooted, we react by focusing on feeding,
clothing, or finding a shelter to our refugees. This reality and our
reaction to it was clearly and dramatically demonstrated during the Gulf
War when all the Assyrians participated in various meetings and generously
donated to the cause of feeding and clothing the hungry and dispossessed
Assyrian war refugees. Up to this day we are still busy fulfilling the
imperatives of a habitual nature ingrained by recurrent conditions.
As you see, the imperatives of national conditioning
have led us to satisfy our conscience with charitable activities which
confine us and prevent us from taking further steps towards essential
Let us be aware that the more an Assyrian makes
offerings to the altar of charity, the less he has to offer in the way of
will and determination to alter the existing conditions and bring about an
escape from this vicious circle. Under customary practice, we have learned
to react to oppression with welfare; when in fact the reaction to
oppression can be protest and resistance. When we are pushed to the
corner, we begin to think of how to survive in that corner instead of
trying not to be cornered or not to stay cornered. It is not in our
nature, it is not in our experience, it is not seen within the 2600 years
of our history to react to oppression with force and deter-mination. We do
not have an alternative vision or an alternative plan of action. The few
instances such as Assyrian sovereignty in Urhai or Adiabene, and a few
others, are because of leaders who had the alternative vision and acted
We are finding out that our second nature does not
permit us to acquire self confidence in our collective worth and
capabilities. We have lost all hope to achieve sovereignty and have become
passive and silent. Whenever we have been slapped on one cheek, we have
turned the other. But when we have had faith in ourselves, and have kept
our spirit strong, we have accomplished powerful deeds. Our Christian
history itself demonstrates the eternal glory our nation has earned in the
spread of the Christian faith. In the cause of our faith, we were
determined therefore we were able to accomplish a great deal. We were not
afraid of sacrifices and we were successful. We earned this glorious
history with our spiritual strength and self confidence. Alas we have not
been so strong willed, so confident, and so sacrificing in the cause of
Adopted habits are maladies that control the spirit,
the will, and decisions. They drain our self-confidence and exhaust our
will to stand up and resist. Whenever we are pushed to a corner, we do not
have an appropriate reaction.
Under the imperative of an acquired nature, we have
wiped out all that is essential for our national existence. We have cut
off the tie that binds us and maintains our identity. We have stopped
relying on our spiritual strength and have lost faith in our collective
worth and capabilities. That which transforms a fox into a lion and leads
the crippled to the summit--that is called ideology. Without it, there is
no motivation, strength of mind, and faith in our collective capabilities
and worth. Whoever is equipped with an ideology is capable of resisting,
taking action, and succeeding.
Ideology has been a very powerful and consequential
element in the destiny of nations. To illustrate, let us examine three
cases that we have witnessed with our own eyes.
a. Consider the half-starved, ill-equipped
Vietnamese--lacking in wealth and professional expertise--he fearlessly
stands up to the American power: supreme in the most modern warfare. He
defeats and chases out the American from his country proving that without
an ideology one cannot be victorious in any battle. The world and the
history of humanity is a witness that the victory of the Vietnamese was
due to the presence of an ideology and the defeat of the Americans was due
to lack of it.
b. The sandal-footed Afghani with a mantle on his
shoulder, with no military power or training, defeats the much larger and
powerful Russian force, which was famous in the battle of Stalingrad. He
not only defeated and forced the retreat of the Russian army, but also
caused havoc in the Russian government. The Afghani had a strong ideology,
while the Russian did not possess a fundamental one.
c. The Palestinian who confronts Israeli fire power
with stones gathered in the streets, does not get cornered, and is able to
persist and achieve his goal. His spirit is nourished, directed and driven
by the power of an ideology. He does not retreat despite innumerable
sacrifices and the incarceration of war prisoners until he becomes
victorious and gains respect.
Historical instances such as these are numerous. They
clearly demonstrate that by means of an ideology the fox turns into a
lion, and the lame ascends to the top of the mountain. In order to change
our debilitating national habits, to strengthen our spirit, and to gain
self-confidence in our collective worth, we need an ideology.
THE ASSYRIAN IDEOLOGY
Malik Loco was asked in Lebanon in how many wars he had
participated. His reply was that he had been in all kinds of battles and
had fought against the Kurd, the Arab, and the Turk ever since he was
sixteen. All these battles were for self-defense, in retaliation, or to
carry out British orders. He had never fought to gain independence and
freedom from oppression. Neither he, nor his superiors ever entertained
such thoughts or goals. As you see, we have not had an ideology to guide
us in the assessment of historical conditions in critical times.
We know of no nation whose ideology is exposed or
written in a few statements. But on the basis of our analysis of the
history, and the legacy of our people, we propose and present the Assyrian
ideology by this statement:
THE ASSYRIAN WILL CREATE HIS OWN HISTORICAL CONDITIONS
AND EVENTS; HE WILL NOT DEPEND ON CONDITIONS CREATED BY OTHERS.
is profound wisdom and discernment in this ideology. It transforms the
passive nature of being a follower to becoming a leader. It encourages us
to rely on ourselves and our collective entity. It strengthens us to step
forward with confidence in our national capability and worthiness. It
revive your spirit and strengthens us. It stops us from continuing to be
consumers of leftovers. The lion captures the pray; the fox waits for the
Presently we boast three political activities:
- We are pleased and congratulate ourselves for having gained a seat
in UNPO (Unrepresented Nations and People Organization). Others have
created this opportunity and we have received the crumbs. We are in
the disposition of the will of others. We are in waiting to see when
they will take a step that can benefit us. It is wrong to rely on
2. We are pleased and congratulate ourselves for
gaining membership in the opposition group in Iraq. Others have created
the opposition and are in charge of it. We are in anticipation of what
steps they will take. They will benefit from our name and identity, but
our voice does not carry any weight.
- We are pleased and boastful that we have sent 5 delegates to the
Kurdish parliament. They have created that parliament for themselves
and we are an appendix.
Although theses political moves are better than none,
but as ideological tenets, they are neither sufficient nor constructive.
They bind us to others, keep us in waiting, and make us dependent on the
foreign will. They lead us astray from our own path and we lose the will
to plan our own future. This attitude, if pursued, may dim an otherwise
The Palestinian did not wait for leftovers. On the
strength of his ideology, he did not appease his conscience by clothing
and feeding the naked and the hungry. He used the plight of the destitute
to mobilize and publicize his revolution.
The Jew used his exodus as a resource to publicize his
Assyrians as well have many appropriate channels to
make our voice heard and our national rights recognized.
The Assyrians have given big sacrifices to promote and
fulfill the ideology of others. More than 40,000 young Assyrian men lost
their life in the Iran-Iraq war. During WWII, more than 70 percent of
young men were killed in a single Assyrian village in Russia. Thousands
more were killed in Russia as a whole. There were numerous Assyrian
casualties in the United States army during the Korean War. For the cause
of Kurdish independence, not only have we given many casualties, but we
have also suffered other great losses. In return for all this loss and
suffering what has been our reward? With a smaller number of Assyrian
casualties, for a genuine Assyrian ideology, our identity would have been
publicized effectively and our voice would have carried more weight. We
would have experienced a revived spirit and self-confidence in our
collective strength and capability.
It is a great mistake to wait in the anticipation of
charity from others. To depend on others is against the ideological tenets
of the Assyrian people. To lean or depend on others means straying away
from our ideological path and losing faith in the collective capability
and worth of our nation. We have heard powerful nations, claiming: “If
Christian minorities in the Middle East are suffering from oppression, let
them migrate to Christian countries in Europe and America!”
All these thoughts and projections can be redirected to
the benefit of the Assyrian people only if they are informed and
enlightened by an Assyrian ideology. If equipped with an Assyrian
ideology, our small nation can accomplish earthshaking deeds. The Assyrian
ideology directs us to rely on ourselves under all circumstances. Do
not wait. Be resolute. Take action. Depend on yourself. Depending on
the leftovers of others is a waste of time and energy.
5. IDEOLOGICAL DIRECTION
An ideology is like an avalanche. It descends from the
mountaintop and spreads over the plain, and creates large torrential
streams that roar along the way until they reach the sea of tranquillity
and restfulness. Any stream that changes course loses its existence and
becomes dissipated in the desert and in the marshes. But the one that
stays on course, according to plan, reaches the sea and partakes of its
power which is capable of causing shipwrecks and displacing age-old
cliffs. Anyone who reaches planned goals has this kind of power. That is
why every ideology needs a direction which is unchangeable irrespective of
changes in time and conditions. It must not come under the power of a will
which is not of its own. It must stay on course and follow its own
direction. Under all circumstances it must preserve its integrity and
The motto that we have chosen for the Assyrian nation
THE ASSYRIAN PEOPLE IDENTIFY THEMSELVES AS A NATION AND
DESIRE TO LIVE IN FREEDOM LIKE ALL OTHER NATIONS.
As we see, the above-mentioned directive is subject to
the Assyrian will and is compatible with any and all political
inclinations. No philosophy or logic can find fault with it. Circumstances
cannot bring change in its course. It is solid and permanent as long as
the Assyrians maintain their identity. This course must end in the
aforementioned sea. What is the sea in which the Assyrian ideology finds
peace and tranquillity? That is the Assyrian national quest.
6. THE NATIONAL QUEST (GOAL)
An ideology is alive as long as it is directed towards
a well-defined and clear purpose. It is essential that the goal be the
focus point, and the ultimate end of the ideological path: the most sacred
goal of the Assyrian people. The goal must fulfill and satisfy the basic
need upon which the survival of our nation depends. It must be like the
tranquil sea which, at the same time, is stable and strong. We submit that
the ultimate goal or the focus point of the Assyrian ideology is:
GAINING TERRITORIAL AND POLITICAL IDENTITY
I. Territorial Identity
The Assyrian people cannot begin to identify themselves
as a nation and desire to live in freedom like all other nations unless
they achieve territorial and political identity.
Geographical maps in existence during the Ottoman
Empire identify “Assyria” as the region of Bet-Nahrain, including
surrounding mountains and valley. In modern times, the region has been
renamed “Kurdistan”. The result of this inaccuracy has been the
eradication of the Assyrian identity.
Sadly, many Assyrian leaders still identify themselves
as being from “Northern Iraq or Kurdistan”. A more appropriate
response is to say: “I am from Assyria”. The Manifesto challenges our
people to claim our geographical identity before expecting others to grant
it to us – to be proactive rather than reactive. We have the
responsibility and the right to gain the Assyrian designation to the
region which is our quest and our birthright.
First, we must begin to ascertain the boundaries of
Assyria by using various sources(e.g.; claims presented by Assyrians to
the League of Nations). Second, we must make crystal clear our
geographical identity to ourselves. Third, we must then actively lobby the
international community to delineate the boundaries of Assyria on
international maps. Without a geographical identity, we can not begin to
convince others to recognize us as a nation.
II. Political Identity
In addition to territorial identity, we must attain our
own national, political identity. We must recognize that our focus cannot
be our human or religious rights or our desire for peace and cultural
harmony because such rights and desires are rarely granted to minorities.
In fact, we will lose our people through assimilation.
We can gain our territorial and political identity if
we accomplish the following six objectives.
is clear that if a population is large, it will have greater strength and
International leaders cannot ignore the rights of a
large multitude whose voice is loud and audible. We must understand that
besides lacking longevity, the various designations currently used by us
are inapplicable to our past history and will not substantiate our request
for territorial and political recognition.
Our effort can only be earthshaking if we adopt one
name for our nation and embrace one flag. To achieve our objective of
great numbers, we must stop identifying ourselves using the following:
- Religious Denominations: Jacobite, Chaldean, Maronite, Yizzidi,
Assyrian converts to Islam, and others.
- Regional Designations: Telkaifees, Syriani, Babylonian, Algoshites,
Tekritis, Mosulites, Aramaeans and others.
- Country of Citizenship: Citizenship of Assyrians in other countries
is a temporary
Status. The Diaspora must be recognized as a
forced exile. The Assyrians must be recognized
as permanent citizens of Assyria,
living temporarily in foreign countries,
until the day they can return to the
Objective # 2. Geographical
concentration of Assyrians within the boundaries of Assyria is the most
effective way to achieve this objective. It is the most powerful weapon in
the Assyrian National Movement. Let us learn from the accomplishments of
other nations. They purchased land, built homes, set up villages and
communities, and established various centers. They accomplished all this
with the help of a strong ideology. Today, we live under more favorable
conditions than of those nations. What we need is an Assyrian ideology
which will enable us to see the impossible as possible.
Recognizing the strength of the Assyrian ideology, we
must encourage our people to seek their home and livelihood in our
fatherland and help rekindle our national spirit and loyalty.
There is a dire need for the Assyrian ideology to take
root in our being, circulate in our veins, and change our adopted
character which obscures our vision from seeing the truth, breaks our
spirit and robs us of self-confidence and self help. We must realize that
without geographical concentration the door of opportunity for freedom and
revival remains closed. The more concentrated, the closer the day of
Objective #3. National
Geographical concentration and large population will be
ineffective without resolution to obtain our national rights. Resolution
awakens and stirs up people into action. It is a creative force that leads
to victory. Without a national will, we remain passive and silent; we
tolerate servitude and inferiority. The Assyrian ideology will revive the
Objective #4. Assyrian
History and Assyrian Cultural Heritage and Human Rights
enemy is hard at work to divest us of our history and disrupt our ties to
our heritage. There are strong documents which authenticate our quest for
national and human rights and justify our cause and our plea. Our history
and national heritage are a pillar of strength which we can depend on in
any international debate. They can vindicate us in any international court
of justice, and before any international law.
Objective #5. Assyrians
and their Friends
to realize that until we create a political identity, we will not have
friends among other nations. If we assume that some nations will support
us out of charity, we are gravely mistaken and are straying away from our
ideological path. This is because we will be subjugating our will to
others and will become dependent on others. Consequently, we will lose our
direction. Our ideology says: ”Be sufficient onto yourself and onto your
collective entity which can create, persist, and overcome.”
The foundation of any revitalization movement rests
within a nation. It is imperative to explicate the ideological direction,
specify its goals, and work towards those goals. Then any nation will find
friends and supporters among other nations. We will find friends by what
we create. Many nations will seek our solutions; therefore, they will
willingly support our cause in all aspects and their existence will be
beneficial in fulfilling our needs.
Objective #6. Welfare
This Manifesto is realistic; we cannot neglect our
refugees and others who suffer in poverty. However, we must insist that in
addition to our own donations, we begin claiming our share of the
international welfare budget. Furthermore, we must highlight each
persecution in order to raise awareness of our plight in the international
community and mobilize public opinion to defeat our oppressors. To achieve
these objectives, we need to be effectively organized.
8. POLITICAL IDENTITY
The Assyrian ideology, with its motto and objectives,
opens the way to a discussion of our political identity and the manner by
which it must be reinstated. Let us take stock of the history of a strong
and large nation such as the USA. In their fight for independence, the 13
states, despite differences of opinion and strategy, needed to agree on a
common political goal and come under a unified flag. They assembled and
discussed the issues facing them behind closed doors until they came out
all in agreement.
Every plan of action consists of three stages: the
information gathering stage, the preparation stage, and the implementation
stage. The information gathering stage began early this century with the
establishment of such organizations as the
Assyrian Federations, the Assyrian Democratic
Organization (Mdakasta) in 1957, the Assyrian Universal Alliance in 1968,
Bet-Nahrain Democratic Party in 1972, the Assyrian Democratic Movement (Zowaa)
During this period the general framework of the
thoughts and the position of our people have been made clear. We are aware
of the needs, the thoughts, and the reactions of our people in different
circumstances. It is reasonable to state that we have passed the stage of
information gathering and analysis. It is imperative to step forward and
enter the stage of preparation. The most important and appropriate step is
to build our political core. The political identity of every nation is a
formal organization which has the power to make political decisions and
implement them among its people. Every country and every political
organization has an identifiable structure. This structure is made up of a
parliament who’s members are elected by the people.
Due to the dispersion of our nation throughout the
globe it is not possible to establish such a system among the Assyrians.
However, the already established social organizations,
political parties, denominational organizations, and the Federations which
represent the totality of the Assyrian nation can be used as the bases on
which to build the political core to signify our political identity.
The backbone of the Assyrian strength is presently
based on three main pillars:
1. Assyrian strength, embodied as cornerstone by
our people dwelling in Assyria proper.
2. Assyrian strength incorporated by our people
scattered throughout the world as immigrants.
3. Assyrian strength incarnated by our religious
To disregard or to set aside any one of the above three
pillars, will result in the fall and destruction of our national
organization. Their equal participation will ensure our union and
To build the political core for the purpose of
attaining our political identity, we suggest the delegation of the six
objectives discussed above to the existing Assyrian organizations,
Objective One (Numbers):
This will be under the charge of Assyrian
Democratic Organization(Mdakasta) which will determine how to plan and
fulfill this objective.
Objective Two (Concentration):
This will be under the direction of the Assyrian
Democratic Movement(Zowaa) which will determine how to plan and fulfill
Objective Three (Resolution):
his will be the responsibility of Bet-Nahrain
Democratic Party which will determine how to plan and fulfill this
Objective Four (Assyrian History and Cultural
This will be in the charge of
Federations. These organizations will plan and carry out the projects
associated with the preservation of this objective.
Objective Five(The Assyrians and Their Friends):
This will be under direction of AUA. They
will organize and carry out the projects for this objective.
Objective Six (Welfare Program):
This will be under the care of religious
institutions who will determine how to plan and fulfill this objective.
After these objectives have been assigned, the
delegated organizations will make up the whole of the parliament as
- A Secretary General, a deputy, and a secretary from each political
organization mentioned above.
- The patriarch, a metropolitan, and a secretary from every religious
- A President, a vice president, and a secretary from every
This parliament is the aforementioned political
core, or the Assyrian parliament which symbolizes the
Assyrian political identity.
To gain the consent of the participants and alleviate
doubts and apprehensions, the Parliament will initially run according to
the following rules:
1. Every constituent organization will maintain
its former identity. The sharing of responsibilities will lead to unity in
thought and action which are two essential elements of creating solidarity
2. Every organization will have veto power in every
decision. Only that decision is valid which is taken unanimously.
3. Since responsibilities are interconnected and
necessitate input from a variety of sources, at any time any organization
must seek the help and cooperation of other organizations in fulfilling
- RESULTS OR OUTCOMES
is written and recommended in these pages, has been subjected to
thorough and rigorous examination. Its source is our nature and our
soul, our history and heritage, our action and reaction, our
consciousness and our plans, our wounds and our pain, our tears and our
lamentations, our sacrifices and our dispossession, our exile and our
desperation, our orphans and our widows, our casualties and our
massacres, our divisions, and our estrangement.
Because of all these, it is genuine and dedicated. It
is a revelation and a manifesto. Nothing is omitted, nothing is
overlooked. It is tied to us and is a part of us. It is in our will and
within our power. Its course is gradual and progressive.
The Assyrian people are obligated to take it and
follow its course. With all its ups and downs, they must ride the tide
until they reach the shores of freedom. He who follows this solid and
unchangeable course is victorious and successful.
For these reasons, this proposal and this document
can be considered a national manifesto. At the same time, it fulfills
all the requirements of a legal constitution for Assyrians in accordance
with the circum-stances of our national existence. These requirements
- Preamble: The Assyrians recognize themselves as a nation,
they intend to live in freedom like all other nations.
- Goal: Attainment of territorial and political identity.
b. Geographical Concentration
c. National Will
iv. Assyrian History and Assyrian Cultural Heritage
e. Assyrians and their friends
vi. Welfare Programs
4. Organizations: A provisional structure has been
planned, but not included in this monograph. It is up to each organization
to plan its own structure. A judiciary committee will be established by
the secretariat of the Manifesto.
10. CRITICAL ANALYSIS
Some readers may have some questions with this proposal
that might include the following
1. The name “ Assyrian” is not a designation
accepted by all.
Answer: We must understand that besides lacking
longevity, the various designations currently used by us do not relate to
or tie us with our past history and will not substantiate our request for
territorial and political recognition. In addition, we can not adopt
compound designation because it indicates a mixed identity which can be in
a state of constant division and separation. History has illustrated the
disadvantages of a compound designation (e.g. Czechoslovakia “Czech
versus Slav). We must also understand that every name reveals an identity
with unique characteristics which, in turn, promotes visibility.
We can not adopt a religious and compound name. The
only name which has been used in reference to us, both in ancient and
contemporary historical documents, is the name “Assyria”. This
designation has entitled us to a national identity, certain rights, and
historical respect and glory to all Assyrians without exception. This
Manifesto does not invalidate other denominational or tribal names but
encourages their continuation as a regional or denominational designation
only. Therefore, the name of our country shall be Assyria and the people
shall be called Assyrians.
2. Patriarchs do not participate and take office in
Answer: Why should they not participate? They
are members of this nation just as anyone else. They share in both our
nation’s good and bad fortunes. They too thirst for freedom and peace,
and want tranquillity for their nation as well as their congregations.
They have a religious duty to look after the sufferings and tribulations
of their people and their congregations. They are leaders and a source of
hope and inspiration for their people. They cannot remain silent before
oppressors and the enemies of peace and justice. They cannot be the rod
and the arm of those governments which do not want our unity; but, want to
create factionalism among our people to disown us. They carry the cross of
our people on their shoulders. It is essential that they carry it to the
calvary of emancipation intact, loyally and triumphantly.
They have risen from among the Assyrian people and have
been responsive and receptive to the genuine concerns of their
congregations. They cannot set themselves apart because they are from the
people and of the people. Whoever is not with their people is with their
enemy. Denominational differences have been the cause of too many friction
and damage to our people.
This being the case, it is expected that our people and
our congregations will no longer remain aloof and inactive; but will
eagerly ask their patriarchs to participate in the Parliament and accept
posts in organizations which symbolize the Assyrian identity. The
declaration of the people to the religious leaders is: Beware that your
title and your position is very important in creating unity among our
people. Do not deprive the people of this. Your hesitation is detrimental
to our identity and our survival.
3. The political parties and organizations as well as
the federations will not participate in a national political Parliament.
Answer: Our political organizations have
demonstrated a measure of loyalty, readiness and practical political
maturity which is very encouraging and creates the optimism that they will
be the cornerstone of our political core. They are experienced enough to
realize what is being suggested and what is being asked of them. They are
not losing anything, but gaining in importance and credibility. What kind
of political party would not want our people to acquire a political
identity by which they can free themselves, being on the verge of
extinction. How can they precipitate the ultimate annihilation by
non-participation? They are of the people and with the people. If the
people ask them, they will participate.
4. There are certain denominations and political
parties who have not been given rights of participation in this monograph.
Answer: We are not cognizant of any other
denominations or organizations under a known leadership. If there are,
they have the right to participate. We request that they identify
themselves. They will be included as the founders of the Assyrian
political core, and will be given suitable responsibilities.
POSITIVE OUTCOME OF MANIFESTO
By fulfilling the directives of this manifesto, the
most urgent needs of the Assyrian people are met. These include:
- Our patriarchs meet as brothers and sons of one nation. They
ponder upon and discuss the well-being of our nation. This step is
seen by our people as the most constructive and the most sublime in
the history of our nation. Our people have been waiting for this day
for ages and centuries.
- Our political organizations and their leaders assemble
under one roof and cooperate in thought and action to create a solid
unity which is the basis of our national survival.
3. Our political identity is taking shape and giving us
a distinctive national structure and character. Now we will become visible
as a nation and our national quest will be heard. This is the beginning of
all beginnings. Our objectives will be fulfilled smoothly. We will pass
the preparation stage, and the arrangements for moving forward and
reaching the ultimate goal, will be set forth and explicated. We repeat
that there is no one who does not desire the above accomplishments. These
comprise the general national quest. If that is so, then it is a decree
from the people. It is imperative that we all abide by it and accept our
responsibilities. Particularly those in the leadership are obligated to
submit to the collective will and occupy themselves with the tasks before
them the same way as other national leaders do.
A reminder to all Assyrians and their leaders: if not
today, then when? Not thinking about our survival and our future, is
certain death and destruction. The Assyrian people will interrogate any
leader who does not participate in the Parliament. If their calls to
service are ignored, the Assyrian people, armed with the Assyrian
ideology, will identify other appropriate methods to obtain our
leadership’s full participation and cooperation. The reason for this
resolve: Assyrians realize that without an aggressive, competent
leadership, a nation cannot be victorious, progressive or prosperous.
HOW TO COMMENCE
This Assyrian Manifesto is being distributed by the
administration center of the Assyrian Secretariat for your information. We
ask that all communication be mailed to this administration center at the
address mentioned below.
We request your participation and assistance in:
- Identifying any missing denominations or organizations;
- Publicizing the Manifesto among all Assyrians;
- Identifying ways to disseminate the Manifesto to external mass
media including publications, newspapers, radio, and television;
- Communicating all criticism and reaction to this manifesto for our
review and evaluation.
The responsibilities of the secretariat end when the
following conditions prevail:
All suggestions, additions, and omissions are collected and communicated
to the people so that everything is completely clear.
The will and the need of the Assyrian people, as well as their reaction to
this monograph is fully communicated to the delegates of the six
objectives, discussed above.
The secretariat, on behalf of the Assyrian people asks and receives from
the delegates of the six entities letters of acceptance and intent to
fulfill the national goals, and respond to the collective will of the
The delegates of the six entities reach an agreement as to a place and
date to convene and create the political core, or the parliament, as the
supreme leadership of the Assyrian people.
The secretariat prints, all the minutes and the documents at its disposal
in a monograph, to be saved as new pages in the Assyrian history.
Completion of all necessary arrangements to convene the Assyrian
Dear fellow Assyrians:
If you would like to help create local administrative
office, please contact us at:
The Assyrian Secretariat
P.O. Box 1067
Campbell, CA 95009-1067
bless and help our nation:
Long Live the Assyrian Nation.