I asked Birzo if he found Baba Sheik’s comments about Islam and Muslims offensive.
“Of course not,” he said. “I understand his mentality and he understands mine. It’s okay. We are Kurds. Kurds don’t get upset about religion. We aren’t like Arabs. We believe in arguments based on reason, not emotion. If people don’t agree with me about something, I’m not going to get mad at them. We will just have different opinions.”
Read the whole article.
Michael Totten is doing some fantastic reporting. Be sure to look around his site, and hit his tip jar while you're there. You can't get this kind of journalism from a newspaper anymore.
Update: Okay, perhaps you can get something similar. This article at National Geographic looks very interesting (h/t Michael Yon), but you'll have to buy the magazine to read the whole thing. There's a one-page excerpt at the link. Here's a short blurb:
When I learned her age, it struck me that Mivan Majid was the Kurdish dream personified. She had never known a day under the rule of Baghdad. Suleimaniya, her hometown and the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan's eastern sector, has been under unbroken Kurdish control since 1992, the very year of her birth. She wanted to be an engineer, Mivan told me, "because they build such cool things: houses, roads, shopping centers. It's like, when you're an engineer you don't get hung up on our terrible history. You look ahead."
Here are our moderate Muslim allies. Let's hope our government does right by them.