Just shows how destructive Muslim invasion was to the whole MENA region. It used to be an ethnic and religious diverse region and very advanced, and it became this monolithic Muslim-Arab .Yes Maronites are not Arabs but there are many Maronites who do not mind associating themselves with being Arabs.
But yes I agree that the Maronites should be free to associate themselves with an Assyrian identity as long they don't deny others identities which are also indigenous to this region! Something many of them deny others today and just love to put themselves above others in their nativeness to this region which is in reality far from the truth.
But again most Arabs are Arabized even the Arabs of the Arabian peninsula by vast majority where Arabized from Yemen.
And even in the Islamic traditions the prophet Muhammad peace be upon him is from the Adnani tribe which is descendant from Ismael peace be upon him! meaning according to our Muslim traditions Muhammad descendants were Arabized as well!
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