Israel and The Case for Assyrian Independence
Nearly 20 million Assyrian Christians dot the world.
In 2003 according to the Iraqi Government there were 2.5 million Assyrian Christians in the country, 10% of the population.
Another approximately 3.5 million are scattered from Australia to Europe to Lebanon, Jordan, the US and more.
The Assyrian Christians are the descendent of the Assyrian Empire, the First Nation to accept Christ and the indigenous people of Iraq.
In spite of being one of the oldest civilizations in history, speaking even today Aramaic, the actual language Jesus spoke, just like the Jews before 1948, they are still refugees in their own homeland.
Following the recent move towards independence by the Kurdish Regional Government, the Assyrian Christian organizations worldwide have organized to formally request, according to the Iraqi Constitution, their own area in their homeland on the Nineveh Plain, in Northern Iraq.
Following in the wake of the original "Biden Plan", put forth by former Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chair, and Vice President, Joe Biden, the Assyrian Christian area is one of the four areas envisioned by the former Vice President as the only long term solution for Iraq.
Kurdistan, Assyria, Sunnistan and Shiastan - the four dramatically different areas of Iraq, being able to devolve into their own areas.
While the Arab areas of Sunnistan and Shiastan in Iraq operate as most Arab countries do, with corruption, terror and civil strife, the non-Arab regions of Iraq, namely Kurdistan and Assyria in the North of Iraq are shining examples of what all of Iraq can be and a testimony to the sacrifice of 4,888 brave Americans who gave their lives for a liberated Iraq, the 35,000 injured and the 2.5 million who served.
In the rush to condemn the Liberation of Iraq as a mistake, we forget the terror that Saddam Hussein and his two sons were.
A visit to nearly every home in Iraqi will have a picture of one or more family members among the nearly one million slaughtered by Saddam.
For the Assyrian Christians, the move towards independence of Kurdistan is their encouragement to move forward with theirs as well.
Isaiah 19:23-25 is the promise that all Assyrian Christians, the first Christian nation hold on to as their promise for their homeland.
"In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria.
The Assyrians will go to Egypt and the Egyptians to Assyria.
The Egyptians and Assyrians will worship together.
In that day Israel will be the third, along with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing on the earth.
The Lord Almighty will bless them, saying, “Blessed be Egypt my people,Assyria my handiwork, and Israel my inheritance.”
For the Assyrian Christians, the promise is twofold.
First, that "in that day" they will finally have their nation, called Assyria.
Second, that their allies will be Israel and Egypt.
The Assyrian Independence, just as with Kurdish Independence provides two wonderful solutions to the longstanding instability in the Middle East.
First, it provides a homeland to the Assyrian Christian and people who scattered all over the world do not want it be refugees and go to Australia, Europe, the US and more, but simply want to live in their homeland.
It is the way and only solution to the refugee problem - their own home so they not only can stay where they are, but Assyrian Christian refugees, just as Israel did in 1948 can come "home".
Second, though, we owe it to the brave 4,888 who died, the 35,000 injured and the 2.5 million who sacrificed in Iraq so that it too could be free.
While the Arab part of Iraq is just like other Arab nations is an ongoing disaster, at lease the Norther third of Iraq comprising Assyria and Kurdistan are on the way to being the "shining city on a hill" in the Middle East - an example, a source of hope and blessing to an area with so little.
Allies, both of nearby Israel and Egypt, the prophecy of Isaiah 19, can be the solution to the crisis in the Middle East as the non-Arab people of the Middle East work together to bring the region back from the brink.