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Who are those “Christians of the Orient”? Who is playing Custer’s fiddle?

I have published many articles on the various Christian religious sects, before Byzantium Empire, during and after. Actually, the main theme is not about the Christian sects in the Orient, or even about minority religious sects, but what the Arab people means by freedom and equal rights.

It is known that this crazy General of George Custer used to play the fiddle as his troops were massacring the American Indians. Nero did play the guitar as Rome burned.

Lebanese journalist Samir Attallah published a piece in the daily Al Nahar.  It goes( with rearrangement and editing):

“I received an electronic mail at my bureau of the daily “Middle-East”. The letter was from the Iraqi immigrant, settled in Hamburg, Mahdi Abbas. Mahdi related how he witnessed the decapitation of the successor to the Iraqi throne in 1958 by the “revolutionaries”.  The head of this Hashemite son of the monarch from Mecca (appointed King by the mandated power England) was dangled from a building. The ground floor was the “Restaurant Kamar el Karhk”. One revolutionary was cutting the fingers of the monarch and throwing them to the crowd, asking for more body parts.”

The 60’s and 70’s witnessed a succession of military coups in the Middle-East (especially in Iraq and Syria). The main excuse is the failing of governments in confronting the new Zionist State. This letter of Mahdi arrived as an US drone assassinated the US/Moslem Salafist citizen, Anwar el Awlaki, in Yemen. President Obama made drone assassination his trade-mark: Over 2,000 are on the black list to be assassinated with utmost prejudice.

Don’t you think a criminal mind is the same, regardless of the means employed? In the time of the Russian poet Alexander Pushkin, duelists used to shake hands before shooting at one another. There got to be other alternatives than violent means to resolving matters.  For example, Qadhafi proclaimed in a mass rally that there are no prisons in Libya. Why? He had just executed 1,200 detainees in their sleep in the prison of Abu Salim prison.

Recent history shows that those who cut to pieces their adversaries ended up being cut to pieces, jailed for life, tortured, and turned one against another:  The slaughterhouse resumed for many decades in these dictatorial and absolute monarchy regimes. For example, Rifaat el Assad, brother of the late Syrian dictator Hafez el Assad, ordered his Special Forces to shell the Presidential Palace as he witnessed his brother in a coma in the year 2000!

The Soviet Union fell and nobody died, even in a traffic accident. (This does not exclude that President Yeltsin shelled the Parliament (the Duma) because the deputies obstructed his policies…).

Latin America was a hotbed of horror dictatorship, under the protection and support of the successive US administrations.  Things have evolved and changed toward democratic systems without this crazy death toll in the Arab World. It might be humoristic that Arab people are demanding freedom and equal rights. We are acting as the American Indians: All that we are asking is a piece of land to live on!

What’s the difference between the American Indians and the Christian sects in the Orient? Both communities were there first on the land, and when they are granted monopoly in selling cigarettes, they consider this gesture as a gift from heaven. Former US Senator from South Dakota, James Abu Rizk, learned to defend the Palestinian cause from defending the American Indian cause.  Samir Attallah asked former US senator George Mc Govern: “What’s with Abu Rizk now?” He replied: “It appears that the American Indian cause is more feasible to be won than the Palestinian cause”

Who are those “Christian sects from the Orient”? Media coverage is suspect: They focus on who is to protect them from extinction! As if a green light have been given for another round of genocides. Arab poets die in exile…Julius Caesar said: “Who am I to not forgive? Forgiving extend the life of a throne”  Attallah mentioned: “I once complained to a book shop keeper in Ottawa of the maltreatment that Lebanese passport holders experience in airports.” He replied: “Have you tried a German passport after 1949?”

Why the Christian sects in the Orient have to immigrate if they are the heart of the Arabic community? Why should they disappear to greener pastures when they represented the “awakening of Arab dignity” during the Ottoman Empire and during the periods of the mandated powers of France and England? (read note 1)

The Christian sects of the Orient were the administrative backbone of the successive Arab/Islamic Empires, and they were the translators of Greek and Roman manuscripts for the Arabic caliph.. The Greek culture would have vanished long time ago if the Christian sects of the Orient failed to transfer and translate culture to the Arabic language…

Note 1: Since the 19th century, most secular and national political parties and civic movements in the Middle-East were founded by Christian Arabs. For example, the reigning Baath party in Syria was created by the Christian Michel Aflak.  Most of the leaders of the Communist parties were Christians. All these political parties and their charismatic leaders were persecuted by the Ottoman Empire, the mandated poweres of England and France, and by the governments after independence of the States.

You wonder: “Is the Arab/Islamic spirit anathema to secular and national tendencies?” Fact is, only after successful military coups did Moslem leaders adopt nationalistic and occasionally secular laws. (More on that topic in later posts) 

Note 2: Post inspired by a piece of journalist Samir Attallah in the daily Al Nahar under the title” Restaurant Kamar (Moon) el Karhk”

Note 3:  I stumbled on a related article that I posted in 2008: Readers of my blog give me opportunity to re-edit older posts

World Peace Award: Who is this Iraqi woman Hanaa Adour?

First, what is this World Peace Award? World Peace Organization was established in 1891. In 1968, it was headed by Irish leader Shon MacBride who confronted the proliferation of nuclear arms and demanded the destruction of weapons of mass destruction. Shon received Nobel Prize for Peace in 1974 and died in 1988.  In honor of Shon MacBride, the award is made in his name “The Shon MacBride World Peace Award”.

This is the first year that an Arabic individual receives the award: She is the Iraqi civil activist Hanaa Adour, nicknamed “Iraqi Mother Theresa” and the “Icon of Iraqi civil movement”, and she is ready to receive the award on December 29.  Adour, born in Basra 1946, joined early on progressive movements in the late 50’s. She participated in the “Iraqi Women Association”, an extension of the Iraqi Communist Party, until the year 2000.

In the 60’s, after a bloody persecution of the Communist Party, Adour immigrated. In the early 70’s, Adour resumed her activities by representing Iraqi Women Association as Secretary of World Democratic Women Union, based in East Germany for 10 years. Adour returned in 1985 and settled in the Northern Kurdistan region, and spent 3 years in these mountainous region by the borders of Iraq and Iran.  Adour returned one more time to Kurdistan between 1996-2003.

As Saddam Hussein regime was overthrown by the US invasion, Adour settled in Baghdad in 2003. In June 5, 2011, She confronted Nouri Maliki PM during a conference for human rights and demanded that the Prime Minister apologize for distorting the facts about four Iraqi civil activists who were detained and tortured.

Adour brought a civil suit on the eldest deputy in the Parliament for conducting closed sessions and after the Iraqi Supreme Court declared open sessions illegal. Adour won the case on December 24.

The interviewer Fadel al Nashmy asked Adour: “How many civil organizations are there in Iraq?” She replied: “There are 250 legal organizations and thousands working without license.”

Nashmy: “There are rumors that you are the principal recipient of donations and that you are responsible for distributing the allocation of money to the various civil organizations…” Hanaa Adour said: “You will be surprised of the little money we are function with.  Many civil associations are shops and they close down as money stops to come. We disseminate our reports every year and our sources are transparent. There are plenty of corruptions in this State, but our activism is constantly on the look-out, and we mean to reducing civil corruptions in the government institutions.”

Note: This post was inspired by a piece in the Lebanese daily Al Nahar: Fadel al Nashmy (Bagdad) conducted an interview with Adour after she received the award.




October 2011

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