The Assyria Principle states very basically that when one nation oppresses its neighboring nations, or a small group of nations begin violent and aggressive warfare against the rest of the world, that the remaining nations will put aside their differences, and destroy their oppressor; even if those nations' hatred for one another runs very deep.
Assyria's home is indicated by the red arrow
Assyria was felled to it's Eastern and Western frontiers, and utterly destroyed by a Babylo-Median Alliance. Their final retreat towards their Homeland was basically a murderfest, by those whose nations and lives they had destroyed.
Whether in the alliance of Greek city states that overran Spartan rule, or in the Alliance Against Napoleon: the Assyria Principle is a unifying thread of common relation, a link, if you will, between the ancient, and the modern worlds.
When we discuss the fall of Assyria, we are discussing the fall of that kingdom's Neo period, although we recognize that in its primary, or Old Assyrian form, that the same kind of lessons were learned. And that both Classical and Neo Assyria fell by alliances that destroyed Assyrian rule in both cases, and ultimately ended Assyrian dominance over the ancient world, altogether.
This alliance with Israel and Assyria caused God to engage the dispatch of the Tribes of Israel except Judeah, and via the Roman Empire, He would fulfill Judah's destruction.
Old Testament buffs will recognize the name of Nebuchadnazzer, the Chaldean, whom took all of Israel into his hand by the will of God, as part of the dissolution of the Tribes of Israel. Nebuchadnazzer also vanquished Assyria.
Assyria's empire was like later Huns, and Mongols, a horse kingdom. Chariots were highly employed, but after Alexander's destruction of Persian Armies outside of the plains of Guagamella in modern Iraq, which was much later, chariots were never used again.
The Ancient World
The lessons of the Assyria Principle were thus unaccounted for by Roman strategists in the architecture of the Roman models of power.
Arminius, GERMAN commander, wiped out the elements of three Roman legions, the XVII, XVIII, and XIX Legions, in the Teutoberg Forest, in modern Northern Germany, in 9AD.
But initially, Sparta's wishes to dissolve their alliance with Athens are in accordance with the Assyria Principle.
This was the source of antagonism that saw the Pelyponesian Wars fought on a continual basis. It is for this reason, the turmoil ensuing over the Delian League, that the termination of non necessary alliances is a lesson of the Assyria Principle.
The Modern World
Lessons of The Assyria Principle...
- Tolerate the religions of others.
- Limit atrocities by soldiers.
- Never wage violent and aggressive war, unless it is a counter invasion to divert the resources of an oppressor.
- Looting must not be tolerated.
- Whenever possible, talk. Talk is not cheap when millions of lives stand to be affected.
- Never preserve an alliance whose mission has been fulfilled.
- Leave important cultural/religious architecture alone
- Never engage in fearful or oppressive repression of a civilian population.
- Prosecute your troops whom violate the law.
- Leave the laws, and the courts of the conquered to themselves whenever possible.
- Do not switch the roles of front line troops from soldier to policeman.
- Do not try to occupy a foreign territory using containment strategies. Containment strategies incur civilian casualties that are unnecessary, and this violates the Assyria Principle.
History of Assyria