Skip to comments.Year of the Sword: A Century of Christian Genocide
Posted on 11/13/2017 6:52:30 AM PST by SJackson
How the grandparents of todays Christian victims of ISIS were
Editors Note: The following review was written by Raymond Ibrahim, a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. The book reviewed is Year of the Sword: The Assyrian Christian Genocide, a History (published by the Oxford University Press, 2016), by Joseph Yacoub, an Honorary Professor of Political Science at Catholic University of Lyon. A significantly shorter version of this review first appeared in the Middle East Quarterly, Fall 2017.
This important contribution to genocide studies documents how the worlds oldest Christian communitiesvariously referred to as Chaldeans, Syriacs, and Arameans, but best known as Assyrianswere, along with the Armenians, victims of the [Ottoman] plan for exterminating Christianity, root and branch, to quote Lord Bryce, circa. 1920. In fact, as half of the Assyrian population was massacredgoing from 600,000 to 300,000 in 1915-18relative to their numbers, no other Christian group, including the Armenians, suffered as much under the Ottomans.
Yacoub, emeritus professor at the Catholic University of Lyon, offers copious documentation and reports from reliable eyewitnesses, state actors, and relief agencies that recount countless atrocities against the Assyriansmassacres, rapes, death marches, and the destruction of some 250 churches. Most disturbing are the detailed eyewitness accounts that go above facts and figures (such as the sadistic eye-gouging of Assyrians or the gang rape of their young children on the altars of their churches).
While acknowledging that the Assyrians were annihilated by the murderous madness of Ottoman power, driven by a hideous form of unbridled nationalism, for Yacoub, the policy of ethnic cleansing was stirred up by pan-Islamism and religious fanaticism. Christians were considered infidels (kafir). The call to Jihad, decreed on 29 November 1914 and instigated and orchestrated for political ends, was part of the plan to combine and sweep over the lands of Christians and to exterminate them. Several key documents, including one from 1920 document, confirm that there was an Ottoman plan to exterminate Turkeys Christians. Accordingly, unexpected actors such as the Kurds, who had their own reasons to oppose anything decreed by Turks, were accomplices in the massacres, and participated in looting for ideological reasons (the Christians were infidels), explains Yacoub.
While focusing on the mass murders that began in 1915the year of the sword to the AssyriansYacoub makes clear that such events were not aberrant. Instead, they are part of a continuum that stretches back to the seventh-century Muslim conquest of Mesopotamia and that continues to this day under the guise of the Islamic State (ISIS) and other Middle East actors.
Indeed, many of the Assyrian Christians who have been and continue to be persecuted by ISIS are the grandchildren and great-grandchildren of those massacred by the Ottomans and their minions. Thus, [a]n irony of fate has it that these pacific yet persecuted Assyrian communities in Syria are the descendants of those who escaped the 1933 massacres in Iraq, themselves children of the Ottoman Empires victims in 1915. As Yacoubwhose own family suffered massacres and deportationsputs it, perhaps the greatest lesson is that there is no shortage of similarities between 1915 and 2015."
Terrible. In part ANOTHER accomplishment of the Bush-Clinton-Bush-Obama legacy in the Middle East.
Christian genocide. Isn’t that one of the 5 pillars of Islam?
After Bush indifference and obama arming the Muslim murderer gangs to kill the Christians, president trump says he cares and wants the Muslim murders of Christians stopped. How much stopping he can actually achieve, though, remains to be seen. Im sure he is sincere but the Muslims are armed to the teeth now, thanks to obama
And a lot of people on this site specifically supported Christian genocide too.
Every single McCain supporter, who also accused Christians who explained they voted third party over McCain because of arming the Muslims and the genocide of the Christian enclaves in Syria of electing Obama was actively supporting the massacres of the Yazidi.
Have you seen even apologies let alone amends from any of those Freepers who still post here?
The swamp isn't only in DC.
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