Pesh­merga Save Assyr­ian Vil­lages from ISIS

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - Nenif Ma­tran Hariri

Ear­lier this week, the Kur­dish Pesh­mer­gas took de­fen­sive po­si­tions along the borders of the Nin­eveh Plains to pro­tect Assyr­ian & Chaldean vil­lages from ISIS ter­ror­ists.

The timely in­ter­ven­tion by the Kur­dis­tan’s de­fence force saved the Chris­tian com­mu­nity from cer­tain calamity at the hands of Da’ish(ISIS) ex­trem­ists. Some twenty vil­lages, with a pop­u­la­tion of 120,000 Assyr­i­ans were next on the ISIS list of macabre lib­er­a­tion. Food, shel­ter and hu­man­i­tar­ian aid were also freely dis­trib­uted to the Chris­tian refugees pour­ing from the city of Mo­sul, by the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Govern­ment.

Whilst the Assyr­i­ans were grate­ful to the Pesh­merga forces for shed­ding blood for the lib­er­a­tion of the Nin­eveh Plains, they were dis­ap­pointed with their own po­lit­i­cal par­ties. The Assyr­ian Demo­cratic Move­ment spent some twenty years rais­ing funds for their mil­i­tary wing (Qraw­tan) but when DDay came, they were nowhere to be seen.

One would think mil­lions of Dol­lars that were raised by gullible over­seas Assyr­i­ans would’ve been enough to muster a hun­dred men, to at least par­tic­i­pate with the Pesh­merga force. A to­ken ges­ture that would have gone a long way to se­cur­ing their rights on the plains. It’s a fact of life; po­lit­i­cal rights are never given, they are taken. Pol­i­tics is in­her­ently self­ish and Assyr­ian na­tion­al­ists just don’t get it.

In fact this mil­i­tary, po­lit­i­cal and hu­man­i­tar­ian ap­a­thy by the Assyr­ian po­lit­i­cal par­ties nul­li­fied any na­tion­al­is­tic pre­rog­a­tives. It puts the dis­puted Nin­eveh Plains squarely within Kur­dis­tan, who af­ter all gave mar­tyrs to it.

De­spite nu­mer­ous warn- ings, an­other blun­der by the ADM was their re­fusal to part­ner with the Kur­dis­tan coali­tion and in­stead build po­lit­i­cal ties with Arab tyrants in Bagh­dad. This mis­cal­cu­la­tion by the ADM does not give them a po­lit­i­cal leg to stand on, now that ev­ery sin­gle Assyr­ian vil­lage falls within Kur­dis­tan’s new borders. It’s an ab­so­lute fait ac­com­pli that the na­tional and pa­tri­otic des­tiny of the Assyr­i­ans and Kurds are a shared one, al­beit with sep­a­rate eth­nic­i­ties.

The new borders of Iraq are be­ing re­drawn very quickly and ADM’s po­lit­i­cal mates from Bagh­dad are out of reach, ADM un­der­es­ti­mated the for­tunes of Kur­dis­tan and left them­selves po­lit­i­cally stranded. Now, they’re un­likely to fea­ture in any fu­ture ne­go­ti­a­tions with the KRG.

How­ever, the Assyr­i­ans who had the vi­sion to co­op­er­ate with the KRG right from the be­gin­ning and were ac­tu­ally ridiculed as Kur­dish pup­pets by na­tion­al­ists will be the ones in the con­trol seat, from now on. His­tory taught these Assyr­ian real­ists that mak­ing friends with the people you share the land with pays div­i­dends; the friends that ADM sought are now two coun­tries away from home.

Fi­nally a cru­cial ob­ser­va­tion is that the Assyr­ian po­lit­i­cal prow­ess in Iraq would’ve been se­ri­ously bol­stered had their brethren re­turned from over­seas to boost a dwin­dling pop­u­la­tion of 280,000 souls. Since the fall of Sad­dam Hus­sein in 2003, maybe less than a hun­dred in­di­vid­u­als have both­ered to repa­tri­ate from the 1.5 mil­lion Assyr­i­ans liv­ing abroad.

Re­mem­ber, geopol­i­tics is de­fined by de­mo­graph­ics, and de­mo­graph­ics are gov­erned by num­bers. Al­though be­lated, the Assyr­i­ans should be­gin an or­ga­nized pro­gram of repa­tri­a­tion, be­cause na­tion­al­ism will NOT sal­vage their do­mes­tic in­sol­vency, only pa­tri­o­tism will. Re­gret­tably, Assyr­i­ans were out­num­bered last week in a mil­i­tary con­flict and couldn’t fight. I fear the same will hap­pen in the po­lit­i­cal bat­tle, where size re­ally will mat­ter.

The events were a vic­tory to the Assyr­i­ans who ad­vo­cated an ex­tended Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, and a ‘re­al­ity check’ for those who didn’t.

An Iraqi Chris­tian dis­placed grand­mother holds a child in her arms with a sign of the cross on the fore­head of the child. Thou­sands of Iraqi Chris­tians have ar­rived in Kur­dis­tan af­ter ISIS at­tacks on Qaraqosh town.

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