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Wikiwars and Middle East Barbarity

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in response to reader comment: The Ottomans, the Kurds, the Yazidis, and Wikipedia

Submitted by Michael S. (United States), Sep 27, 2014 at 17:55

Hi, Francois.

This is what my son calls "Wikiwars". Wikipedia is open to editing by just about anyone. Even you could jump in, if you wanted to devote your time to this sort of thing. There are special interest group out there -- and the article you cited seems to have attracted one or two of them -- who are devoted to changing things as quickly as they pop up. History, Wiki-style, is a matter of "The squeaky wheel gets the most grease".

Concerning the Kurds, I've been having a change of heart towards them, due to pictures of their good-looking female fighters. The impact is not entirely aesthetic: Those women remind me of the Palmach and IDF, and bring home the fact that the Kurish PKK is SECULAR -- about the most pleasant thing a Muslim can be called nowadays.

Yes, the Kurds have an awful history of lending their hand to massacres of Assyrian Christians, Armenians and Yezidis. There isn't a nationality or religion in the Middle East, whose hands are not dripping in innocent blood -- including the Jews (massacres of Cyrenian & Cypriot Greeks in 117, and Jerusalem Christians in 614). There's not much trust there of anyone for anyone, with this sort of history. ISIS is really inhumane, with its public beheading of innocents; but it's hard to top the Jews crucifying thousands of their own brethren (800 in one day, under Alexander Jannaeus),

"Middle East Peace Process" is the greatest oxymoron of history, and I no longer get inordinately shocked at barbarous pictures and footage from the area. I like the Kurds, though, in a relative sense -- much more than I like the leaders of the Turks, Persians and Arabs, and the religious Muslims in those countries. As for the latter, let God mete out to them as they have meted out to others.

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