So Far Away
And I ran, I ran so far away.
I just ran, I ran all night and day.
I couldn't get away.
The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps
A cloud appears above your head;
A beam of light comes shining down on you,
Shining down on you.
The cloud is moving nearer still.
Aurora borealis comes in view;
Aurora comes in view.
From #224 "Kurds in the Way?" – http://www.flavinscorner.com/april2003.htm
With the arrival of Islam many Kurds died, some became Muslim and some remarkably stayed alive while remaining pagan. The Yezidis are Kurds who practice a 'Cult of Angels' (perhaps from Ized "angels" and Yazata "worthy of worship," words found in the Pahlavi [Persian] version of the Zoroastrian scriptures, the Zend-Avesta [from Zainti, Pahlavi for “explanation of” and Avesta, a collection of writings attributed to Zoroaster]). There’s a single, impersonal god, and a heptad of seven angels (sometimes seven “light” angels and seven “dark” angels, suggesting the dualism of Zoroastrianism). Well, that’s one origin for the Yezidis. Many Muslims have another.
After Mohammed died, there was some deadly jostling for succession. Abu Bakr, the father-in-law of Mohammed, was chosen over Ali, cousin and son-in-law to Mohammed, by marriage to Mohammed's daughter, Fatima. Abu Bakr died after a couple of years and Umar, an early convert to Islam, was able to establish himself as caliph. Umar was soon followed by Uthman, a rich aristocrat from Mecca. Uthman was assassinated in 656 CE and Ali finally got his chance at the caliphate. In a bloodless power struggle, Ali lost the caliphate to Muawiyah. Islam was soon governed from Damascus and Ali was assassinated in 661 CE. The only major schism in Islam then occurred, as the Shiite (shiat Ali, Arabic for "followers of Ali," who claim the caliphate should have passed to Ali’s heirs) split from the Sunni (sunna or "tradition"), the far more numerous rest of Islam. At the Battle of Karbala in 680 CE, Hussein, the second son of Ali (being the grandson of Mohammed), was killed by the followers of the Umayyad Caliph Yazid, the son of Muawiyah. Many Muslims believe that the Yezidis worship Yazid for killing Hussein. It’s not true, of course, but it’s been a convenient excuse for some Muslims to kill Kurds for a long time. Hussein. Kurds. Bad times. [Note: It remains cruel kismet that the most famous of all Kurds, Salah ad-Din Yusuf ibn Ayyub ("Saladin"), who took Jerusalem and provoked the Third Crusade, was born in Tikrît, also the birthplace and hometown of Saddam Hussein.]
When the U.S. (supposedly) left Iraq in 2009-2011, such a coalition government 'seemed to exist... Was it the young Shi'a militant cleric, Moqtada al-Sadr, who provoked the Iraqi government from coalition to chaos? Or was it always the Shi'a against the Sunni with both against the Kurds and the Yezidis and their oil-rich land? So many questions and so few (reliable) answers. However, I'm confident the Iranian Rear Admiral Upper Half and military advisor to the Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani has some somber (read: anti-Sunni, Kurd, and Yazidi) advice to offer...
Now, for the youth and those with poor memories, once upon a time (a century ago last June 28th) a war broke out because of an assassination, now variously called the Great War or World War 1. It started with a Bosnian Serb and ended with the Treaty of Versailles signed by Belgium, Britain, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Montenegro, Romania, Russia, Serbia, and the U.S. on 28 June 1919 (though the U.S. didn't actuallysign until 1921). It wouldn't be the last the world heard from the Bosnian Serbs.
The so-called Kosovo War (2-28-1998 to 6-11-1999) was an ethnic, racist, religious, and political fiasco with murder, rape, and feigned ignorance. Genocide was taking place and Iran was secretly arming Muslims before NATO started its involvement on 3-24-1999 and should be regarded as a global embarrassment. That we captured Osama Bin Laden in less time than it took to apprehend the “Bosnian Butcher,” Ratko Mladic, is just plain laziness.
out a hand to touch your face;
Please don't misunderstand the above – Iran, in my opinion
is seeking to annex Iraq and is not to be trusted. Though they do
manufacture excellent rugs and have nice kitties...
May the United Nations and the world community join in
defending the lives and rights of the Kurds and Yazidis.
I ran, I ran so far away.
Flock of Seagulls = Songwriters: SCORE, MICHAEL / MAUDSLEY, FRANCIS REYNOLDS / REYNOLDS, PAUL / SCORE, ALISTAIR M. I Ran lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group.
The above was NEVER about a bad hairstyle from the '80s,