Thursday, February 16, 2006

Iraqi Kurds Show What Freedom Can Do

Kurds have been persecuted in both Turkey and Iraq over the years. Now, for the first time in far more than a century, they actually have semi-autonomy as part of the new and improved Iraq.

Although virtually all Kurds are Sunni Muslims they appear to have avoided the scourge of radical Islam and have allowed their own ethnic identity to forge them into a unified community with a clear vision and desire for progress and prosperity.

After seeing the photographs of the Dream City of the Kurds posted by Michael J. Totten I am beginning to wonder if there is something in the Kurdish "brand" of Islam that could form some sort of a model for other Muslims who want to kick out the "insurgents/terrorists" in their midst and get on with building up their own lives instead of tearing down everyone else's.

Check out the amazing progress being made in Northern Iraq. And remember that the Kurd's freedom has been made possible by the sweat, blood, wealth and foreign policies of the United States. It makes me feel just a little bit proud. Especially when I remember that it was these same Kurds who were murdered by Saddam Hussein with chemical weapons just a little over 15 years ago.

Amazing. It gives me hope.