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Merriam Webster defines sinister as...
sin·is·ter | ˈsi-nə-stər , archaic sə-ˈni-
Definition of sinister
1: singularly evil or productive of evil
2: accompanied by or leading to disaster
3: presaging ill fortune or trouble
...I'd say my usage of the word fits my description of what the AAS did as regards to working only to keep Assyrians in Iraq during the most disastrous period in its modern history.
...if the act itself didn't seem particularly sinister, as an act, certainly it was "productive of evil" in that its results were to keep Iraqi Assyrians under maximum threat with only a few resources dribbled out to them....what did anyone imagine the prospects would be?
...I argued this point with Narsai David, past president of the AAS who insisted that they wanted to stay. That couldn't have been an honest appraisal because any Assyrian saying that would have known that any other answer would have meant no grain or potatoes....but I seriously doubt anyone said that.
..."accompanied by or leading to disaster"....does anyone really want to argue the point? Yes, it was sinister to leave the Assyrians in Iraq or, rather, to force them to stay by insisting that the only help they could expect would come to them only if they stayed...escape for your life or your childrens' lives and the AAS would do nothing for you...how is that "help" to the people?
..."presaging ill fortune or trouble" Anyone want to argue that?
...forcing desperate Assyrians to remain in Iraq, as a condition of "help", was a sinister act....and the AAS was a sinister organization and still is because their mission remains the same. They're still begging a dollar here and a dollar there to keep a generation of Assyrians living on handouts....on pity when Chaldeans in that same situation who were taken out are most likely supporting themselves and families in more useful and healthy ways...yes, sinister.
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