TO BETH NAHRAIN, WITH LOVE… AND TO THE ASSYRIAN HATERS

By Ferran Barber – 23-11-19 I am reading right now that Speaker of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Elliot Engel and co-chair of the US Congress on Armenian Issues...
Funeral en Hezaney, valle de Nahla. Foto por Ferran Barber

By Ferran Barber – 23-11-19

I am reading right now that Speaker of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Elliot Engel and co-chair of the US Congress on Armenian Issues Frank Balloon publicly announced that the decision to recognize the Armenian genocide will soon be discussed before the US House of Representatives. To be precise, the genocide was committed against Armenians, Assyrians and Greeks. It was organized by Otomans and perpetrated by some Kurdish tribes from Anatolia. As far as I know, only the PKK has recognized the unfortunate role of some Kurdish tribes in the genocide. Even today, many of the Kurdish properties in southeastern Anatolia were stolen from Assyrians and Armenians.

Ferran Barber, in the Valley of Nahla.

The process of Kurdification of Assyrian and Yazidi lands has never ceased. Only now it is the Barzanis mobsters who try to occupy and assimilate the Assyrian and Yazidi populations, either by force, or by distributing political positions and money among small corrupt greedy politicians from the Assyrian and Yazidi surroundings. The name of all those traitors should be known by each and every one of the Assyrians and the Yazidis.

Whoever not fight the cancer that represents the Barzani, are part of the problem. I am still waiting for someone from the main political parties in the Valley of Nahla to contact me to show me their solidarity. Probably, they are busy getting some funds from the diaspora or hating themselves.

I am not a follower; I am not a believer; I’m not an adorer… In other words, I do not tribally sympathize with the Assyrians. I only feel a deep hatred against anything that threatens the right of all humans to their own identity.

I know that some Assyrian politicians are good at building villas. I would like to think that they are also good at defending the true interests of their people. And the needs of the Assyrian people are exactly the same as those of the Arab, Kurdish or Yazidi people. Peace, democracy and social equality. No tribal or sectarian project must deserve our respect.

Some young Assyrians have written to me for the last months to show me their sympathy. My answer’s always been the same. I do not sympathize with the Assyrian people as if we all were part of a football fan club. I am not a follower; I am not a believer; I’m not an adorer… In other words, I do not tribally sympathize with the Assyrians. I only feel a deep hatred against anything that threatens the right of all humans to their own identity.

That is, my adherence is not emotionally irrational. I sympathize with the persecuted minorities and, above all, with the ideals of real democracy and social justice (nothing to do with bourgeois democracies and the pantomimes of capitalism).

Adhering to a political project such as Rojava’s and/or supporting the Rojava political framework for democracy and freedom is not the same as accepting bribes from the corrupt Barzani kleptocracy.

One cannot defend the Assyrian people without fighting the Barzani OR ANY OTHER FORM OF TIRANY. But not because he’s a Kurd, but because he’s just a heartless bastard. For some reason, many Assyrians feel they are Assyrians by opposition; by opposition to the people who have oppressed them or, let’s make it clear, by opposition to ‘the Muslims’ or to ‘the Kurds’.

Unfortunely, there is no any ‘the Kurds’ or any ‘The Muslims’.

There are different Kurdish communities with different political sensibilities. Adhering to a political project such as Rojava’s and/or supporting the Rojava political framework for democracy and freedom is not the same as accepting bribes from the corrupt Barzani kleptocracy.

Ferran Barber visiting the Dwekh Nawsha headquarter in Bakufa.

In the first case, one joins a project that combats tribalism and rejects any nationalist raving. In the second case, one becomes an accomplice of a bloodthirsty dictatorship; endorses its tribal values ​​and participates in the exploitation of a people in exchange of some crumbs. Well, in fact, the dictatorship of the Barzani is held on crumbs and fear.

There is not much difference between them. The only thing that changes is the flag in which both Kurdish and Assyrian politicians are wrapped to manipulate their peoples.

The Assyrians are bound to understand each other with some Kurds, but they should choose better their friends. In their tribal world, pacts are established on emotional adhesions and personal interests, and always depend on temporary circumstances such as the willingness of this or that Shiite/Kurdish leader to make concessions or to pay suculent bribes.

Politics in Beth Nahrain is often the way some have found to improve their personal and economical situation.

This is even more regrettable in the case of all those professionals in the diaspora who have turned supposed foundations and supposed lobbies into platforms to raise money. They pretend self-invest in a dignity they don’t deserve at all, given their absolute mediocrity and their manifest meanness.

Basically, there is a problem of social culture. Many have still got stuck in that oriental perception of a hierarchical society. Or if you want it other way, they like money almost as much as wearing a tie and walking around surrounded by a bunch of bodyguards.

There is no any difference between their mentality and that of the tribal leaders of the KDP. The only thing that separates them is that they lack the precise power to impose their own shit. A model of government according to traditional Assyrian political parties would be just as regrettable as the KRG.

There is nothing new or attractive in their ideas; Nothing worth mentioning that deserves to be heard from Europe. We speak of a nineteenth-century ‘demodee’ nationalism specialized in appealing to the charity of the Christian churches and the Westerners. The only thing that is legitimate and real is the suffering of the Assyrian people.

Regarding their local alliances, Assyrians should not join charismatic characters; they should adhere to a set of ideas and shared notions; ideas and notions such as social justice and respect for difference. That is the kind of pacts that allow you to create unwavering alliances. I mean the pacts that are established on human values, and not on the petty interests of mediocre leaders. It is not hard to understand.

The Assyrians do not need charismatic leaders penetrated by the same greed and tribal mentality of the Iraqi Kurds they criticize. What the Assyrians need are social leaders and active communities, willing to take charge of their own affairs.

What Assyria needs is not more trolls on Facebook repeating shit about the Kurds. What the Assyrian communities need are not more chapels, nor more tents for refugees.

Last time I was in Nahla some people complained about there was no garbage collection service. What prevents them from organizing themselves to provide those services? What prevents them from educating children not to throw plastic bottles or garbage into their beautiful river? What prevents them from creating cooperatives? What prevents them from experimenting with new crops or creating olive oil mills? What prevents them from creating small tourism development projects?

Ferran Barber, visiting the SDF troops in Raqqa.

What Assyria needs is not more trolls and haters on Facebook repeating shit about the Kurds and Muslims. What the Assyrian communities need are not more chapels, nor more tents for refugees.

What Assyria needs is more independent thinking and more people willing to create in the name of a vision of progress that has nothing to do with bragging an expensive car or stealing money from any Cooperation Agency to build a bigger house.

The appeals for help to the Churches have created a culture of whining, and it seems that the Assyrian economy is held almost entirely in the damn song of ‘We are the last Christians to remain’. But folks, begging will not prevent even the last Assyrian from migrating to the West.

The Barzani hide behind the Kurdish flag to exploit and torture a people. In northern Syria, a political experiment based on ideals of freedom and democracy was launched and in fact, it was working out until the Turks put their dirty boots on the AANES.

Collaborating as equals with a democratic project like Rojava does not mean submitting to a bloodthirsty dictatorship which is, in fact, what the Barzani’s Assyrian puppets are doing. Unfortunely, that is the Nazi idea that some ridiculous Assyrian think-tanks based in Europe are defending.

But there is something even worse.

I refer to the tendency of some Assyrian political leaders to side with abhorrent dictators.

Smoothing with criminals like the Assad family because they guarantee freedom of worship or because they show a certain paternal affection for Christians is not just perverse. It is also the kind of stupidity that explains the few sympathies that the Assyrian movement has in the world. No need to mention the fact that many Assyrians in diaspora have allied themselves with Nazi parties like Democrats of Sweden, or are always willing to support any Islamophobic den.

In this case, they cannot even argue that it is the circumstances that force them to choose between two evils.

That’s not smart, khon.

COPYLEFT by FERRAN BARBER 2019

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