In the 21st century, after decades of persecution at the hands of a genocidal dictator, a great warrior appeared who would deliver this noble and warlike race from their ancestral captivity and lead them to freedom. His name, as Churchill once wrote of T.E. Lawrence, "will live in the annals of war." But this is not a tribute to Richard Cheney, whose considerable valor has of late been chronicled elsewhere.
In 2018 another chieftain would rise to the defense of the Kurdish people. During a press conference in September, President Trump ignored the relentless bleating of various hacks from CNN in order to honor his commitment to viewpoint diversity in media by calling upon Rahim Rashidi of Kurdistan TV. Quoth the commander-in-chief: "Mr. Kurd?"
To liberal ninnies this distinguished sobriquet was, at the very least, politically incorrect, if not a slur:
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"Kurds have experienced assimilation and genocide, simply for being Kurdish," Rashidi explained later. "To be addressed as ‘Mr. Kurd' means a lot to me. To recognize my identity when it has always been denied is a great deal for me. Especially by the president." Unlike simpering would-be experts at the Washington Post, President Trump understands that the historic denial of the Kurdish people's rights is one of the great crimes of the modern era. This is why, when another journalist who was present announced that he, too, was Kurdish, the president responded, "Good. Good. Great people! Great fighters. I like them a lot."
Mr. Kurd: Thank you for your time, Mr. Ambassador. My question is what will be the U.S. policy on the Kurds in Syria.
AMBASSADOR JEFFREY: Our policy is to work with the people of the northeast first of all to defeat ISIS. We have to do some basic humanitarian work and local stabilization work in order to have a platform for this defeat of ISIS. We have no political agenda either with the Kurdish groups, with the Arab groups, or with any other groups inside Syria. Our position is (a) the territorial integrity of Syria under its present borders; (b) we will work with all political forces that are willing to recognize and accept the UN political process and the basic criteria of all of these UN initiatives since 2012 on Syria, which is no threat to the neighbors, no threat to the population, no use of chemical weapons, no support for terrorism, no mass slaughter of one’s own civilians, and accountability for war crimes. That’s our position with everybody and anybody.
Recently, Donald Trump caused a minor furor by referring to a reporter in a gaggle as “Mr. Kurd.” As it turns out, the reporter in question was not as offended as his defenders. He has a lot to say about why the U.S. should take a bigger interest in the Kurdish drive for statehood — and given that the Kurds have been the most effective fighting force against ISIS and have significant alignment with us on security issues, that argument has weight. For this week’s podcast, we spoke with Rahim Rashidi, “Mr. Kurd” himself.