Aramean – Armenian
Massacres of the Ottoman Times: a Kurdish Responsibility
In the last part of his interview, Mr.
Gabriel Sengo, Chairman of the Aram Nahrin Organization, unveils what
remained hidden for too long, due to French and English Colonial
trickery, duplicity and machinations.
By Prof. Dr. Muhammad Shamsaddin
The Aramean and Armenian massacres of the end of the Ottoman times are
mainly, preponderantly and predominantly a Kurdish responsibility.
Thousands of articles and pages of Western bibliography do not offer a
presentation as clear and insightful as the brief answer of Mr. Gabriel
Interview with Mr. Gabriel Sengo, Chairman of the Aram Nahrin
Organization – Part VI
- More recently, people
discuss historical issues pertaining to the Armenian massacres occurred
during the last years of the Ottoman Empire. How was it with the
Aramaeans at those days, and to what extent did they suffer in this
we wish to make one remark in advance. As we already have noted, the
Aramean mentality has always been characterized by respect and love
towards others. When we talk about genocide or massacres, we always
involve all the groups that suffered. That is why we talk about Aramean
– Armenian - Greek massacres, without distinctions. Unfortunately, we
have missed this mutual respect and dignity on the side of the Greeks
even worse is that both, the Greeks and the Armenians, approve publicly
of the Aramean colonial spiritual genocide, that is to say the
identification of the Aramean Nation with the criminal, Western,
spiritual, colonial product "Assyrians". They falsely talk about
"Assyrian genocide", "Assyrian nation", while they are quite aware of
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There is a
racist Greek organisation called "Hellenic Electronic Centre" (HEC), who
together with Armenian Organisations (for example ANCA) in the United
States, have been committing spiritual genocide against the Aramean
nation, by promoting, glorifying and maintaining all the cliches of the
Western Spiritual Colonialism.
as far as we are concerned, we will continue respecting them and
mentioning them by their real name; we will not call Greeks as
"Albanians" or "Macedonians" and Armenians as "Azeris" or "Mongolians".
Perhaps they are not mature enough or they don’t know how to respect
other nations, in particular those who suffered through the same
horrible acts in history as them. We will give them enough time to learn
how to respect.
As far as
the massacres are concerned, the Arameans suffered as much as the
Armenians, and lost around 600.000 people. Regarding the way in which it
happened, we believe that the contribution of the Kurds was decisive in
ominous role of the Kurdish death squads in the extermination of the
that the Ottomans gave the order to exterminate the Christians of the
Ottoman Empire. However, there is a very important issue, which has been
very vaguely discussed, as it is almost a taboo.
subject is this: without participation of the Kurdish death squads and
gangs, it would be impossible for the Ottomans to carry out their plans
as effectively as they did. The Kurds were the neighbours of the
Arameans (and also many Armenians), they ate with them, they talked and
drank with them, they called each other "Kriew", that is "my neighbour"
and in a deeper sense it meant "My brother", they knew every cavern and
underground secret places where Aramean and Armenians were hiding, they
knew the family structure, the structures within individual villages,
for the Kurds mostly were the ‘Aghas’ of those villages.
the cooperation of the Kurds, it would have been very difficult – not to
say impossible – for the Ottomans to carry out their plan as effectively
as they did!
whole discussion, I have not heard anything of the contribution of the
Kurds to these massacres. Some of the present-day Kurds say, "The Turks
have forced our forefathers to kill Christians". Well, this is a bold
hundreds of examples where the Kurds exterminated complete Aramean
villages, under supervision of the Ottomans. If the Kurds had refused to
kill the Christians, the Ottomans could not have been so effective.
there have been some examples of noble Kurds who, risking their own life
(respecting their "kriew" relation to their Christian friends), gave
shelter and protected Christians.
not the Ottoman Empire prevent these noble Kurds doing so? Why could not
the Ottoman Empire do anything against the noble Kurdish Sheikh
Fathallah of Ankaf who passed through the Aramean villages and cursed
every Muslim who would harm Christians?
majority of the Kurds participated in these horrible acts for personal
benefit! After slaughtering the men, in many cases they took the young
Christian girls and honourable mothers to satisfy their low desires.
see something strange happening in Turkey, which is this: Many Christian
girls and women who were dishonoured and forced to accept Islam informed
their children about these horrible events and their children passed
them secret on to theirs.
now see is that many of these "Muslims" are rediscovering their
Christian roots and converting back to Christianity. And that is the
reason that many people in Turkey have become so "nervous" of the
activities of the missionaries (18-4-2007: Three Christians killed in
is this: the real matter is not the missionaries; it is the people who
are re-discovering their roots. You can oppress to a certain extent, but
you cannot erase a people’s awareness or memories!
and targets for today’s Aramaeans
What are the social, educational and cultural challenges and targets for
today’s Aramaeans? What are the political challenges and targets for
enumerate the following:
1. One of
the greatest challenges for the Arameans is unification. In these
uncertain times, it is desirable for the Arameans to organise themselves
and get rid of the immoral criminal colonial heritage ("Assyrians" or
"Chaldeans") which has caused unprecedented damage to the Aramean Cause.
It is this Western colonial heritage which prevents their social,
cultural and political development. Nobody will take you seriously
(either a friend or an enemy) when you attach yourself to an identity
which is effectively not yours.
under one Aramean voice and flag, Arameans would be taken more seriously
at the international level, and they would therefore be able to have
their fundamental, cultural, political and social, Human Rights more
effectively respected, not only in the Middle-East but in the entire
they are unified under the Aramean flag, Arameans can make a start, with
the help of the international community, to prepare the Diaspora
communities for their return to the lands of their Aramean fathers.
4. In this
entire unification process of the Aramean nation, the United States and
Europe - in particular France and Great Britain - could play an
important role for they have brought this damage to the Aramean nation,
by planting unbridgeable mutual hatred within this ancient nation which
has given so much to the development of the Mankind!
5. One of
the fruits of unification of the Aramean nation could be the
establishment of an academic Department of Aramaeology in order to
strengthen Aramean culture and enlighten the world with it. This we
believe could contribute peacefully to outmanoeuvre terrorism. The best
place for a Department of Arameology would be Lebanon, in the West -
Aramean Maronite University in Beirut. There is already a department of
Aramaic (Syriac) and Antiochian studies in Beirut. A second department
of Arameology could also be set up in the West, of course.
6. In the
Middle-East, the family is more protected, while in most Western
countries the family ties are freer and exposed to dangers, involving
sexual immorality, drugs, lawlessness, etc. It is therefore of crucial
importance for Arameans to educate their children within the context of
the genuine Aramean heritage, the Aramaic language, the Aramean customs
and traditions, including the genuine Christian moral and standards.
7. For the
Diaspora Arameans, it is also important not to let them get carried away
by the more luxurious life in the West, and not to be blindfolded and
led astray by the many alluring distractions.
8. It is
also seminal to setup social institutions and structures (according to
Aramean Christian values) in order to meet the needs of the modern
youth, and guide them in a correct way, for many of them are losing
their children to the lawlessness and the immorality of the West,
available at every street corner!