General Abizaid

shokooh Ingham shokoohbanou at
Sun Mar 12 10:09:44 UTC 2006

Thanks John,
In fact in the case of Abdela and Abizaid, it's just
that they are apparently Lebanese names to this day,
which made me think 'Syrian' could mean 'Lebanese' as
in 'Greater Syria'.  The use of Syrian, Assyrian and
Syriac including Aramaian (however it's spelt) is
though quite confusing.
--- Koontz John E <John.Koontz at> wrote:

> I could be wrong, but I think Syrian in American
> ethnic parlance (if not
> referring to someone recently arrived from modern
> Syria) is usually a
> variant (shading into a reduction) of Assyrian and
> refers to theoretically
> Aramaic-speaking Nestorian Christians from the Near
> East, or perhaps to
> anybody of Near Eastern origin who claims to be
> Semitic, but not
> Arab or Jewish.
> It's a bit like trying to figure out the
> subdivisions of the Dakota, only
> much harder.

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