I had just seen the al qaeda style attack on the News when I got home from visiting with a friend who just returned from Iraq. of course my first thoughts were of my friend I had just seen and of our many friends who put themselves in harms way to preserve our freedoms here at home and to help bring a new government, military and police into being in Iraq.
It is hard to imagine the reasons why terrorists specificaly Jihadists use to justify their evil deeds. Read Trinquier, he sheds a light on this very well.
The News here of course did not mention the Yezidis had been one of the targets. I had to hear it from Michael Yon. For those who don’t know yet about Yazidi I recommend reading up on it. They are the chameleons of religion. It is very interesting stuff. They have parts of greek, christian, muslim and even hebrew practices within their culture. They keep their faith secritive especialy outside of the kurdish areas – Ian Bach
Yezdinar Village, Iraq
Dohuk is a welcoming place. After walking or taking taxis inside and around the city for two days, I covered enough ground and talked with enough people to see that while the welcome is clear for American, British, and other visitors, troublemakers can expect an entirely different greeting. People in Dohuk say they have no intentions of going back, or of carrying useless boulders from the past as they move forward.
After being in a war zone for nearly half a year, a few days in Dohuk becomes a chance to reconnect with civilized society, bustling with a people in hurried pursuit of progress. Seeing a little girl tucked away in a corner of her family’s stall in the marketplace, absorbed in a book she’s reading about the solar system, it’s easy to peek over her shoulder and peer into her imagination, and see it take her into space as Iraq’s first astronaut. In her young life, never having known the fiery cage of war, the possibilities are still limitless……………
……An Iraqi. A Kurd. A Yezidi. A village Headman. Whatever the label, more than forty years after his birth, this man came home. Only now, after the latest war, does Mr. Qatou finally have confidence in the peace, after more than a half century of life lived
under orders or under sentence.
This seemed like the moment to ask the question, “What do you think of the United States?”
“We cry when America loses one soldier. We pray for the soldiers every night.”
Many Kurds had expressed the same sentiment. One had said poetically: “For every drop of American blood, we shed one thousand Kurdish tears.”…………..
– Michael Yon – Read his full Article here – it is an excellent read. – pre February 19th, 2007
One of my favorite parts was hearing Michael talk about a young girl reading a science book about space. Michael in his minds eye saw much the same picture I would see if I witnessed this. Michael upon viewing this could see this child growing up and being the first iraqi astronaut into space.
I often think about Iraqs (and Afghanistans) possibilities in the future and how much the Nations and the people have to offer the world.