WASHINGTON, February 2, 2015 – Americans have a fondness and a sense of patriotism when thinking of the nation’s first president and how he led the Revolutionary War’s forces of freedom. Well here is a question for you to ponder.
When you cross Oskar Schindler, Lawrence of Arabia and George Washington, what do you get?
Mustafa Barzani (March 14, 1903 – March 1, 1979) of Kurdistan is the legendary father of the modern Kurdish people, according to Hallie Neill, an international opera star and spokesperson for the humanitarian charity Coats 4 Kurdistan.
Neill, a recent guest on Community Digital News Hour’s “Standing at Freedom’s Gate”, was joined over the past week in America by officials from Barzani Charity Foundation to emphasis why Mustafa Barzani’s historic patriotism is similar to America’s battlefield and presidential leader.
Freedom for the five million who occupy Kurdistan as well as the over two million refugees is in serious peril from ISIS forces. This winter has had a withering impact on the children, babies and families as well as mothers who according to Neill, “wail every night over their daily and collected tragedies and suffering.”
On Saturday, Fox News anchor Kelly Wright spoke with Neill and Awat Mustafa, Director of Projects and Operations for the Kurdish Barzani Charity Foundation about why Americans should be involved in the fight to help support them. It is quite simple, Americans love patriots and supports the underdog, and these Kurdish people and their “Peshmerga” fighters are freedom fighters who are underdogs with the hearts of lions.
If one were to understand the meaning of Peshmerga, then you would easily understand the historic tie-ins to George Washington’s leadership legacy. The word Peshmerga, according to the statement released by Coats 4 Kurdistan means “One who faces death.”
Kurdistan’s modern day founder Mustafa Barzani faced that heroically even while in his youth, according to the statement, “He personally rescued hundreds of persecuted, about-to-be-massacred Armenian Christians during one of the greatest genocides of the last century.”
Being a freedom fighter is not easy regardless of the war or the century you are fighting in. For Americans who would easily dismiss the Kurdish fight as something as simple as a “freedom fight between Muslims,” seriously need to be educated as well as compassionate.
Barzani was a tribal leader who unlike his contemporaries was a man ahead of his time because of his tolerance and his progressive, non-discriminatory treatment of people of other beliefs.
Just as America came together and joined the colonies into one United States in their fight against British tyranny of the time, the Kurdish are fighting for their freedom and for their lives against a far worse brutal tyranny and evil that ISIS embodies.
Through the continuing effort and support from Americans in nearly all 50 states Coats4Kurdistan a difference is being made.
Hallie Neill stressed, “We are pleased to be partnering with the Barzani Charity Foundation to create awareness among Americans and to encourage people with a heart to donate funds that will provide for life critical humanitarian help — food, warm clothing, medicine and other life critical supplies to be delivered to the refugees.”
This effort is crucial to not only benefit the Kurdish who are facing temperatures in mountainous Kurdistan dropping to historic levels, but over the last few weeks alone, authorities have reported nearly a dozen children have died from the cold.
February may be the shortest month of the year, but Hallie Neill and the officials from the Barzani Charity Foundation are hoping and praying that Americans will open their hearts and donate to make this month have the largest impact for the Kurdish people.