Forged over centuries in the white-hot crucible of struggle and sacrifice, Kurds understand that your few trusted friends are those who remain at your side as together...you climb up the mountain.
Kurds recognize that true friends will walk with you though the sun is hidden by storm clouds, dark and foreboding; when you both are bone-weary and breathless, your backs aching and muscles afire. Your true friends will remain at your side as thunder rolls, as lightening rips the heavens asunder and the rain falls hard and cold.
As is true with individuals, Kurdistan gained many new friends...when the sun was bright. And others will come knocking upon your door when, due to your sacrifice, bravery...and your oil, a fresh breeze blows in your favor and the sun shines upon a new day.
When fortune returns once more, your new friends will sing the praise of your genius and generosity. They will smile as they arrive upon your doorstep. They will boast amongst themselves and beam with pride as they are welcomed at your table to share in your feast and drink your sweet tea.
When the Kurds finally walk along paths of ease and prosperity, your new friends will stay close to your side...as together you stroll down gentle slopes in the cool shade of the trees.
But beware of their flattering words. For they will be friends of the Kurds, guests in the safety and comfort of your home, only as long as the pillow and bed you provide are soft and warm; only as long as there is fresh fruit in your orchard for them to share, meat upon your table and drink to fill their cup. They will remain close to you only as long as there is profit to be gained in being your friend.
Though perceptions have now been reduced to stale clichés, nations and the nightmare of imaginary caliphates take on the persona, the personality traits and disposition of the majority of their people.
Honorable or corrupt, intelligent or primitive, industrious or lazy, polite or rude, creative or destructive and blind to the beauty of art and history...a lust for blood, violence and barbarity, or confident warriors, defenders of the innocent, guardians of justice and merciful in power; people and nations will be forever known by their actions...not their words.
History teaches that there often comes a time when the personality of a people or a nation is distorted and ultimately poisoned by the dominant influence and ambition of an authoritarian leader and his dangerously empowered sycophants.
Today as always, it takes courage, determination or a catastrophe, for an individual or nation to break the bonds of self-delusion...the seductive opiate of a cunning leader's unrestrained hubris.
People wish for, hope for and expect their leaders to tell them the truth. How sad it is when nations finally resign themselves to the realization that faith in their political leadership is sometimes vain and tragically misplaced.
But the lie sounds so sweet and tempting. Yet, it is difficult for a nation, an entire people, to admit they are being led like sheep and that they, the great unwashed, are the butt of jokes shared by the politically privileged. If only you could see and hear what goes on behind the gilded doors of the king-makers and their sovereign.
The few remaining allies of the United States now shake their heads in bewildered and confusion. They wonder out loud...what in the world has happened within America's once respected halls of power?
When France stands straight and strong while President Obama and his Secretary of State, John Kerry bow to Iran...the world has turned upside down.
Meanwhile there is no misperception on behalf of the Persians and America's growing list of enemies. They have a firm and accurate assessment of the situation and are, understandably, taking full advantage of their weakened and wounded foe. They know full well that America's injury is serious and self-inflicted.
Like the Kurds, Saudi Arabia, the Gulf States and hopefully Jordan, are finally standing up and proving with their lives and fortune that the Arab world has perhaps had enough of Iran and all those who slaughter in the name of Islam.
The Kurds may hopefully realize that, at this specific moment in history, America is standing in the middle of an extremely dangerous crossroads at home...and this danger was not brought upon them by accident.
Empowered by his ideological mentors, emboldened by his likeminded minions, put into the White House by votes of the naïve and gullible majority...this socialist, "community organizer", this President Barack Hussein Obama is simply a façade...the face and front-man of the so-called "Progressive" movement. He is a puppet and together they are directly and personally responsible for placing America and Americans in the precarious position in which they find themselves today.
This did not begin with President Obama and it will not end with his term in office. The "Progressive" strategy has been carefully conceived and cleverly implemented over many decades.
Have Americans ever had a president who belittles and humiliates his country upon the world stage; a president who defies the US Constitution, ignores the duly elected Congress and Senate then publically boasts that he can and will rule by imperial decree?
The destruction and damage which this "Manchurian Candidate" has brought down upon the good, hardworking, taxpaying people of the United States is extensive, and well documented.
The New York Post recently published a typically excellent article by Michael Goodwin titled Israel: Beware of Obama.
The harsh reality of Mr. Goodwin's first four sentences is absolutely sobering. Though not mentioned by name, Kurds may wish to read the NYP article and take to heart the well written warning to Israel...it touches Kurdistan as well.
So the obvious question is..."Why should Kurds care about the danger facing the US as Americans struggle to deal with two more years of President Obama and his cohorts in the White House?"
The answer is simple...it is nothing less than life or death.
The next time one of your brave Peshmerga fighting in Iraq...or a Kurdish member of the YPG and YPJ in Syria is killed, wounded or taken prisoner on the battlefield...ask the soldier's commander if their unit had the weapons they needed to face the onslaught of ISIS – or whomever is sure to follow.
The next time a captured Kurd, a fellow Muslim, Yazidi or Christian is publically beheaded, crucified, sold into sexual slavery or burned to ashes in the name of a fabricated caliphate, ask their family if the Peshmerga soldiers had the weapons needed to defend the innocent and defeat this diabolical enemy.
If he wished, do you not think President Obama could directly supply the Kurds with desperately needed weapons? In the glow of his omnipotence, one phone call, the simple swipe of his pen...that's all it takes for Obama to do as he pleases...he said so himself. His continual rejection of the Kurd's call for assistance is loud and clear.
Can or should Kurds trust an American president who disregards the safety of his own US citizens?
Can or should Kurds trust an American president who refuses to refer to a terrorist as a "terrorist" or a Christian as a "Christian"?
Can or should Kurds trust an American president who abandons and betrays Israel...formerly one of America's closest allies and a friend of Kurdistan? If President Obama will betray Israel and America itself, do you think he will hesitate for a moment to throw Kurdistan under the tracks of your enemy's tanks?
Can or should Kurds trust an American president who "negotiates" nuclear proliferation with Iran while their supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, violently expands the modern Persian Empire and leads his madding crowd and military in rousing chants of "Death to America...Death to Israel!"?
Far too many of America's conservative political pundits continue to lament and brand President Obama as foolish, ignorant and naïve. Rest assured...nothing could be further from the truth.
In fact, President Obama is an extremely intelligent man, and he has millions of acolytes who follow and bow to him as a glorious messiah. And together, their self-professed message and mission is to overturn and destroy the very foundations of America and remake the country in their socialist image. Have no doubts. President Obama and those who follow him know exactly what he is doing...and why he is doing it.
Kurds may wish to keep one thing in mind. If the current US administration and the Democrat Party's presumptive "Queen-in-waiting" continue to betray their own nation and betray Israel...do you believe for a moment they will not betray and abandon Kurdistan? Only Kurdistan's friends in the Republican led Congress and Senate now stands in his way.
Americans should learn the Kurdish phrase, "No friends but the mountains." I believe it is attributed to your historically respected leader, Mustafa Barzani, as he referred to the long struggle of his beloved people.
May conservative Americans respectfully suggest that Kurds heed the wisdom of another old saying when they consider their misplaced trust in US President Barack Hussein Obama and his adoring disciples?
"With friends like these...who needs enemies?"...No doubt, Mustafa Barzani would have understood.
Richard Ross (Mills) is a TV producer/writer living in Texas.