Project Nineveh

Nineveh_Protection_Units_BannerA self-governing Aramean region needs to be established in the Nineveh plains within the political framework of Iraqi Kurdistan and it is certainly in the interest of Kurdistan to become encircled by friends rather than by enemies.

The political movements of the Aramean people have long been split between competing national identities as the Assyrian movement is organized by Syrian intelligence while the Aramean movement is closer to Israel. This is similar to how Lebanese Christians (who are also part of the Aramean people) historically have been torn between Israeli influence and Syrian influence.

The Nineveh plains is the largest surviving Aramaic speaking area in the world and is the geographic focus of Assyrian nationalism which was practically speaking cynically created as a proxy for the past Syrian regional project of “Greater Syria”. The word “Syrian” is notably derived from the word “Assyrian” and so the historical regional rivalry between Syria and Israel caused long-term divisions in the identity politics of Middle Eastern Christians.

Identity politics is typically not nearly as effective as many presume and nationalism as a form of identity politics often becomes a tool for mere state interest however defined. There is however need for establishing a self-governing Aramean region in the Nineveh plains within Iraqi Kurdistan as the Aramean Nineveh region should later become part of a future Ezidxan (Yezidistan) with Aramaic as its First Official Language.

It is essential that Aramean movements unite irrespective of whether currently identifying as Arameans, Assyrians, Chaldeans or Phoenicians. Strategic ties between Jerusalem and Alawite-ruled Damascus are closer than ever and so the former regional rivalry between Syria and Israel is no longer an issue although the fractured identity politics of Middle Eastern Christians remains.

Three states with Aramaic as its First Official Language will need to be established in the aftermath of defeating Sunni and Shia Jihadism in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon; namely Aram (Christian areas of Lebanon and Western Syria), Alawistan (Western Syria, parts of southern Turkey and currently Muslim parts of Lebanon) and Ezidxan (Yezidistan in the Euphrates Valley and certain adjacent regions). All this is essential to local communal reversions to Median Judaism throughout the Middle East. Militarily assisting and militarily training Arameans/Assyrians in the Nineveh plains is a Kurdistani interest no less than an Israeli and American one. The traditional Aramean churches of the Middle East are all Crypto-Jewish as this is particularly well-known by the religious leaderships of those denominations.

Establishing an Aramean self-governing region in the Nineve plains within the framework of Iraqi Kurdistan is thus an essential part of the Ezidxan statebuilding project. It is in the intrinsic interest of Kurdistan to become encircled by friends rather than by enemies and so independent unified Kurdistan is surely not the only state that will need to be established in the region.

Reconciliation between between the different streams of identity politics within the Aramean people can certainly be achieved by means of diplomatic coordination between Damascus and Jerusalem and so the Nineveh Project is an important part of the wider Aramean project. This requires providing extensive military assistance and military training to Arameans in the Nineveh plains irrespective of how they identify politically. All this needs to be done within the framework of the Ministry of Peshmerga in Hewlêr (Erbil).

The realization of Project Nineveh therefore needs to transcend various forms of identity politics and requires indeed close diplomatic coordination between Hewlêr, Damascus and Jerusalem.