Aram-Nahrin sends a letter to President George Bush, President
Sarkozy and Prime Minister Gordon Brown
you will find a letter sent by the Arameans of Aram-Naharaim
Organisation, on 22 august 2007, to President Geoge Bush, President
Nicolas Sarkozy and Prime Minister Gordon Brown. In the letter
Aram-Nahrin makes an appeal to the moral obligation of the West in
helping unifying the divided Aramean nation.
Subject: The moral
obligation of the West: Unifying the Aramean nation, repairing and
healing of the wounds caused by the West
President George Bush, United States of America
Sarkozy, Republic of
Minister Gordon Brown, United Kingdom
Arameans of Aram-Naharaim Organisation is an international cultural and
human rights organization to defend worldwide interests of the
indigenous Christian Aramean (not to be confused with Armenians) people
of Mesopotamia who have been present in the Cradle of Civilization for
thousands of years. They have made a great contribution to world
civilizations, in particular through their Aramaic language, spoken by
Abraham, Moses and Jesus Christ. This ancient Semitic people, now
divided into several denominations and spread throughout the Middle
East, amount to approximately 8 million people worldwide.
writing you to ask for your help in unifying the spiritually as well as
politically multi-divided Aramean indigenous nation of Mesopotamia, in
the ancient times called Aram-Nahrin in Aramaic and Aram-Naharaim in
political and the spiritual division were created through the
intervention of the colonial practices of the Western spiritual and
political powers. This intervention, carried out by inciting son against
father, daughter against mother, family against family, village against
village, has caused unprecedented hatred and sorrow within our nation
resulting in their decline in the Middle-East. Furthermore, through this
division they have been made vulnerable to the hostile environment of
the Middle-East where they are threatened with extinction and ethnic
divided nation is obviously a weak nation. And this division prevents
not only attaining of their minimal fundamental human rights, but also
gaining their social, cultural and political development and rights in
both the Middle-East and the rest of the world.
are, for example, around 600.000 Arameans of different denominations in
Iraq. The Western intervention in the 16th and 19th
centuries, which brought fanaticism and nationalism to the Middle-East,
unfortunately resulted in a part of our nation identifying itself as
“Chaldeans” (since the 16th century) and another part as
“Assyrians” (since the 19th century). Roughly speaking, this
division was due to the spiritual war between the Western Catholics and
Protestants, which was battled out at the cost of the Aramen nation,
thereby planting doubts regarding their ethnic origin.
As it is
known to you, the Iraqi people are suffering terribly under the daily
insurgence, which creates many innocent victims and causes heartrending
tears and unprecedented sorrow. The situation for the Arameans is even
worse, for they have no means to defend themselves and are at the mercy
of those whose dictionary lacks words like “peace” and “brotherhood”.
However if the Arameans were not divided and were not stuck to the
unprecedented hatred implemented by the West, their chances to survive
in Iraq would be much greater.
Not only the fanatics of the Middle-East are to be blamed for the
decline of the Aramean Christian Indigenous Nation, but also those who
came from outside and presented themselves as the children of “light”,
“peace” and “brotherhood”- acting in the name of the powerful Jesus of
the West, who is of course different than Jesus Christ of the Bible-
have damaged our nation severely.
wishes to present itself as a civilized and shinning example to other
nations and as a beacon of democracy, Human Rights standards and values,
mutual respect and dignity. We believe that first and foremost, the West
itself should implement and apply the standards and values, which it
claims to stand for, before asking other nations to share and implement
these very values. What do we want to say by this?
the unprecedented hatred, division and identity distortion (a form of
genocide) within our nation was promoted, implemented and diffused on an
academic, cultural and social level by the West, we believe that it is
the moral obligation of the same West to start with the healing,
repairing and unifying of the fragmented Aramean nation; at least if the
West takes its own standards and values seriously.
believe that you have the power, the ability and are in the position to
make a start with the unification of the Aramean Indigenous Nation-
which has given so much to mankind throughout history- on the political
level. The same efforts that have been exhausted in the 16th
and 19th centuries to cause division and hatred within our
nation in the past, should be exerted in our times to unify, heal and
repair the deep wounds of the past.
After a time of separation,
fragmentation and mutual hatred, we believe now it is time for
amelioration, restoration and rehabilitation. And your involvement in
this unification process is of utmost importance!
Regarding the contribution of the Aramean Nation to world-civilizations,
an eminent scholar of Oxford University, Sebastian Brock says, “…it
is undeniable that the simple Aramaic alphabet of 22 letters has had the
most extraordinary impact on the development of alphabetic writing
systems throughout the world. Indeed, it is very hard to imagine how
human culture and scientific learning could have progressed without it…...“It
is thus without doubt one of the greatest gifts of the Aramaean
peoples to world culture”
Unification of the Aramean Nation should not be restricted to the
various Aramean Christian denominations, but should also include the
non-Christian Arameans who currently identify themselves with strange
names. When the Christian Arameans and non-Christian Arameans would
become aware of their glorious Aramean identity, this would cause a
dramatic change in the mentality of millions of people in the
Middle-East and elsewhere who blindly and fanatically follow and glorify
identities which are not theirs. This change in mentality would not only
help outmaneuver fanaticism and terrorism, but would also make the door
open for peace and prosperity in the entire region of the Middle-East.
And we believe the key to make this door open is in your hands!
of Aram-Naharaim Organization
Enclosed: Detailed information about Christian and non-Christian