Inspired by the Kurds ...Deeply
Few peoples have endured and survived a more brutal and sadistic ethnic purge through the means of murder, rape and torture as the Kurds of Northern Iraq at the hands of Saddam Hussein and his henchmen. Michael Totten conveys the Kurds' plight and emergence by sharing a gripping, haunting tour through a Kurdish museum commemorating their darkest days, lest anyone among them in future generations be tempted by complacency to forget. Unspeakable horror assaults visitors in every room, through every hallway and upon every wall.
The Head of the Snake is a must read. Through an economy of words and graciously shared images, Michael provides what may be the only way most will ever be able to experience what the Kurds endured, survived and all too vividly remember.
Yet, as horrifying and haunting as the images that the pictures and words create in one's mind are [left etched by a child on the wall of a children's torture chamber: “Dear Mom and Dad. I am going to be executed by the Baath. I will not see you again.”], the blackness of the experience is inspiring. Almost disturbingly so. For through it all, carrying deep wounds that transcend the scars of terror and a pain that can only possibly be imagined, the Kurds have not turned their victory into revenge, lurching violently and understandably outwards.
No, they have turned inwards, rebuilding their own lives and families, entrusting to their own rule of law, following instead their drive toward economic prosperity and building their Dream Cities, ensuring they are home to the Safest City in Iraq rather than become home to dark and bloody revenge.
Thank you, Kurds. Thank you for your leadership by example. May the world take careful, thoughtful note.
Can there possibly be any doubt: Kurdistan the Model.