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Do not Call the Illustrious Nation of Aramaeans by the Misnomer 'Assyrians'!


Continuing our interview with Mr. Gabriel Sengo, Chairman of the Aram Nahrin Organization, we focus on the pernicious and criminal role played by Western Christian missionaries and diplomats in the Middle East, and more particularly among the Aramaeans. 

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By Prof. Dr. Muhammad Shamsaddin Megalommatis, Orientalist


The Aramaeans have been victims of hate generating acts, and unprecedented partiality from the part of the French and the British who are the representatives of a false, impostor Jesus.

Through the lucidity of the answers of Mr. Sengo, the criminal and devious nature of the Western false Christianity is revealed in all its depth and width.

Embodiment of the divisive deeds and practices of the Catholic and the Anglicans missionaries among the Aramaeans is the gradual and lethal Western academic, educational and cultural infiltration among the Aramaeans, and the diffusion of false identities, namely ‘Chaldaean’ and ‘Assyrian’ for parts of the Aramaean nation.

Obliterating through bribery and blackmail one nation’s identity is a most criminal deed, and Mr. Sengo is quite justified to deliberately call it ‘Spiritual Genocide’.

An Interview with Mr. Gabriel Sengo, Chairman of the Aram Nahrin Organization – Part IV

- Are there Aramaeans calling themselves under other ethnic names; what are these names?

- Yes, there are. Those calling themselves Chaldeans (since the 16th century), and those calling themselves Assyrians (since the 19th century); they both are the spiritual children of the Western Spiritual colonial practices!

‘Assyrians’-puppets of the British and ‘Chaldeans’-puppets of the French

- Why this happens, and to whom is this division due?

- This happened because of the spiritual war between the Western Catholics and Protestants. In a deeper sense, it was a war between the former powers France (together with the Roman Catholic Church) on one side and Great Britain (with the Anglican Church) on the other side that has been transferred within the Middle-East in the 16th and 19th century, and made havoc amongst the Aramean nation by fragmentizing and weakening them. Through this procedure, the Arameans became vulnerable to those who apply the path of the "sword" and who lack words like peace and brotherhood.

Both parties asserted to act on behalf of "Jesus". However, this was not the Jesus Christ of the Bible, but "another" Jesus, namely the powerful Jesus of the West who made havoc in the Middle-East while misusing the name of Jesus Christ of the Bible.. His tactic has always been intermingling of political and religious matters.

- Would you give historical details?

In the year 1553 the Roman Catholic missionaries brainwashed a part of the East- Aramean "Nestorian" clergy by means of bribery to call themselves "Chaldeans" and with that the Chaldean Church (of Babylon) was born and the division within the East - Arameans was a fact!

As a counter-manoeuvre, the Anglican missionaries started the same game in the 19th century and brainwashed the remaining part of the East - Aramean "Nestorian" tribes of Hakkari (bordering Turkey and Iraq) and Urmia (Iran) to call themselves "Assyrians"- a term which was used purely geographically and only applied to the "Nestorians".

- What are the consequences of this division?

The consequence of all this is that a divided nation is of course a weak nation. In addition, this prevents the social, cultural and human rights development /progress of our nation worldwide.

The missionaries (spiritual colonialists) came to the Middle-East and created havoc among the defenceless, weak and mostly illiterate Arameans of Mesopotamia. Instead of helping them, they "came in" and planted doubts in the hearts of our nation concerning their ethnic origin which caused a deep division and hatred amongst our people.

Misnaming the Arameans as "Assyrians" is a Criminal Act – a Spiritual Genocide

The war and hatred between the Anglican Church and the Catholic Church was battled out at the cost of the Aramean nation. The Catholics (together with France) promoted their product "Chaldeans" and Anglicans (with Great Britain) promoted their product "Assyrians".

Since then "Assyrianism" has become extremely fanatical and has even reached the level of terrorism, thereby besmirching our nation. This is what we call "Spiritual genocide".

Calling Aramaic language "Assyrian language" is a form of spiritual genocide, calling Aramean people "Assyrian people" is a form of Spiritual genocide, calling Aramean genocide "Assyrian genocide" is a form of spiritual genocide etc.

The Aramean spiritual genocide is also glorified by some forces within the European Parliament. For this reason, we sent them a comprehensive report to remind them that, by glorifying the "product" and "creation" of their forefathers and by ignoring the indigenous Aramean origin of our nation, they are violating the fundamental Human Rights of our nation.

To explain this in other words:

We are fighting against a phenomenon which was created by the West in the name of "Jesus" and has caused unprecedented hatred and division within our nation. We are not happy with this, and we didn’t ask for it. By means of bribery and brainwashing of our nation, they were uprooted from their origin and made to believe in a fake identity introduced by the missionaries.

It is quite sad and painful to observe the behaviour of the Church of England towards the Arameans and their efforts to divide our nation by implementing a horrible form of fanaticism. The Arameans have always treated others with respect and with brotherly love. For example, a seventh century monk named Theodore from Tarsus went on to become Archbishop of Canterbury in England and oversaw the re-establishment of Christianity there, as well as bringing some distinctively Aramean traditions and practices with him.

Oriental Christianity rejects the False Jesus of the West, and faces Euro-promoted Genocide

- What the major differences between Aramaean Christians and Western Christians? Whom do you define as Western Christians? The Orthodox, the Catholics, the Protestants?

- By the term ‘Western Christianity’ we refer to the Catholics and the various Protestant denominations. In the past the Arameans suffered much under Byzantine Emperors, in particular after the Council of Chalcedon in 451 AD, because the Arameans didn’t want become the subject of the Emperor.

There is an immense difference in mentality between the Aramean and the Western Christians. The Aramean Christians are in general very pure, simple and honest in their approach to their fellow Christians. They have no interests whatsoever to force their ideas onto the minds of their fellow Christians. They have no secret agenda whatsoever, but act only from pious Christian love! Two examples will explain this:

In the 1980s, an evangelical missionary went to Tur Abdin to "preach" the gospel. When travelling, he lost his way and came across an Aramean monk working on land. The man went to the monk and introduced himself as a Christian from the West and said that he had lost his way. Without any hesitation, the monk went to him and embraced him. The Westerner was astounded and paralyzed! His answer to the monk was, "But, you don’t know me. You don’t know whether I am Catholic, Protestant or Baptist. And you kiss me?" The monk replied to him immediately, "I am not interested in your denomination. You said to me that you are a Christian and that is enough to me. It means that you are my brother".

This exemplifies the simple, pure, unsuspecting and pious Aramean Christinaity.

As to the Western Christianity, unfortunately, our experience is that many of them had ulterior motives when talking about "love" and "brotherhood" in the name of Jesus. They commonly intermingle political and religious matters which is typical of the unholy Jesus of the West. The showpiece of "Jesus of the West" always has been: dividing, ruling, weakening and subjecting other nations.

A perfect example is the establishment of the Syrian Catholic Church where the "spiritual" and "political" powers have worked together in the name of "Jesus" to weaken the Aramean nation. "The first [Syrian] Catholic Patriarch had been consecrated in Aleppo in 1662 with French help through the mediation of Ambassador Francois Picquet …. .. which was encouraged by French diplomats present in Aleppo at that time. The diplomats favoured the separation in the hope of one day uniting the Eastern Churches with that of Rome. The Catholic mission activities were strongly supported by French Ministry of Foreign Affairs policy, which had been reinforced in the region by creation in 1856 of a vice-consulate in Diyarbekir at the request of the Vatican (The Forgotten Genocide: Eastern Christians, The Last Arameans is a scientific analyse from the hands of Sebatien de Courtios, page 36).

And what do we read in many Catholic books and websites? The story is told in different way! They call it "The Unification of the Syrians with the Mother church (i.e. the Roman Catholic Church)".

Of course, they consider the Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch as "heretic" and to underline their contempt some of them call it "Jacobite Church" in order to weaken the authority of this church that has been the mother of all the churches, including the Roman Catholic Church.

They never admit that by means of bribery, brainwashing, inciting father against son, daughter against mother, brother against brother and family against family, they have torn up the Arameans of the Middle-East thereby weakening them considerably!

What can we say about this? Whether Catholic or Protestant, they have always used this bad excuse of "unifying", "helping" and "educating" to not only destroy the Aramean nation but other nations as well.

Remorseless, vicious, and criminally anti-Christian West

One can just wait and wonder, how long the Creator of Heaven will allow this happen? Mixing of religious and political interest with the aim to destroy the Aramean nation, and thus causing unprecedented hatred.

Look for example in Iraq; it is just outrageous to have so many Christian denominations who all proclaim to obey Christ Jesus. Originally there was one Church, the Syrian Church of Antioch!

The Crusades - burning of the monastery of St. Barsaumo in Malatya in 1148

The second example of the "light" from the West to "enlighten" the East are the crusades. When we talk about the Crusades, in many cases the West’s evil intentions towards the Islamic world are underscored in a mistakenly exclusive way.

Well, this is not completely true! The Crusaders were not only against the Islamic world, but against the entire Middle-East, including the Aramean Christian nation.

The Aramean nation suffered greatly as well under the crusades. An example will clarify this. The Aramean monastery of St. Barsaumo in Melitene / Malatya (Turkey) was the seat of the Patriarch of Antioch in the 12th and 13th century. The ruins of this monastery can still be seen, situated at the Borsum Kalesi, atop of a mountain some 55 km south-eastwards of Malatya. One of the most famous Patriarchs of this monastery was the Patriarch Michael the Great (1166-1199 AD). Before he became Patriarch, Michael was the Abbot of this monastery.

In 1148, some years before Michael became abbot, the monastery was visited by Jocelyn, count of Edessa, the Great Center of Aramaic Wisdom, Science, Art and Theology which had been taken by the Crusades. Jocelyn pretended he had come as a pilgrim to pray here, but once he had got his entourage inside the monastery wall, he plundered the place and even stole the treasured relic of St. Barsaumo’s hand.

The Impostor Jesus of the West

This has always been their tactic, namely misusing the name of Jesus Christ to "come in" and subsequently causing havoc in the name of the same Jesus! We wish to underline, in particular to the Islamic readers, that this has nothing to do with the Christ Jesus of the Bible, but rather with impostor Jesus of the West which continues in our days.

The remarkable thing is that in Western bibliography we sometimes read about the relationship between the Arameans and the Crusades falsehood like that: "The Syrian Orthodox developed warm relations with the crusaders in the 12th and 13th centuries".


Unconscious of the intentions of the Western missionaries, we welcomed them to the Middle-East in the 16th and 19th centuries as our equal brothers in Christ and were not suspicious whatsoever about their noble intentions. Unfortunately our simple belief turned out to be naïf and a great miscalculation. The plan of the brothers of the West turned out to be a spiritual war between Catholics and Protestants at the cost of our nation by dividing them and creating fake identities, namely "Assyrians" (19th century) and "Chaldeans" (16th century) and imposing them onto the minds of our nation.

In addition, they created hatred between families, cities and tribes and introduced a terrible form of fanaticism which in our days has even reached the level of terrorism.

- Would you give us some information about contacts among Eastern Christians and their hierarchies? The Georgians, the Armenians, the Aramaeans, the Copts, the Abyssinians?

The Aramean, the Armenian, the Coptic, Abyssinian (Ethiopian) and Eritrean orthodox churches are in communion with each other and reject the council of Chalcedon (451). They are also called the Oriental Orthodox churches.

As regards the Abyssinian Orthodox Church, we wish to make this remark:

According to tradition, the Abyssinians were chirstianized by two Aramean brothers from Tyre, Frumentius and Edesius, who in the middle of the fourth century were shipwrecked in the Red Sea and enslaved in the Kingdom of Aksum.

The Arameans became tutors to the Royal family, and converted King Ezana to Christinaity, after which Frumentius was consecrated as bishop of Aksum. In the Calender of the Ehopian Orthodox Church, there are many Aramean Saints, among them the Saints of the Monastery of Mor Gabriel (Tur Abdin, Turkey).


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