To Kurdistan, With Love
By Charles Lingerfelt, a Friend to the Kurds
This month, on the 25th of September, there is to be a “vote of referendum” for all the people of Kurdistan to vote for independence. This means that if the vote is positive, and approved by all the people of Kurdistan, Kurdistan will “break away” from Iraq and become an independent nation – a People of sovereignty and sovereign rule, in and of itself a new nation, based upon the vote of the people.
I have known the Kurds, and have worked with them for 30 years. I first met Kurds in north Dallas, Texas. We sat beside the pool, and they told me their story of how they had been downtrodden and overridden for many years. They were hated by Saddam Hussein and he tried to destroy them! Even in the war between Iran and Iraq, the Kurds were put on the front lines of the battle, in both countries, and for eight long years the battle ensued – where literally, Kurds were killing Kurds. Saddam had hoped that they would “wipe themselves out!” Saddam had murdered them, gassed them, and even dug large holes in the ground and pushed them over into the holes – clothing on, fully dressed and then covered them over with dirt. But I believe in my heart that God has spared these beautiful people for today, “for such a time as this,” to be given the opportunity of saying, “YES, to the referendum” on September 25, 2017.
And now, the “cards are on the table;” and Kurds around the world will be given the opportunity to vote “Yes,” or “No” for independence. I am here in Kurdistan because I love this people, I love the beautiful people of Kurdistan, and I dearly wanted to be here when they celebrate for freedom and liberty. In my heart, I do not feel that anyone should be denied the privilege of Liberty.
When we Americans were deciding upon our freedom and liberty, we had to make a stand, and we did! We stood tall and we “broke away” from England and we declared our independence in 1776. And, we even had to fight a war over it! But we defeated England in that Revolutionary War, and we became a nation “of the people, by the people, and for the people.” And so help me God, I declare unto you this day, this night, as I sit here in my hotel room – that this is exactly the way it ought to be for Kurdistan! And, we Americans should stand with Kurdistan 100 percent in this, “their finest hour!”
Our government in Washington DC should stand with Kurdistan as well – and “let the chips fall where they may!” These people want freedom and independence; these people deserve freedom and independence; and I will stand with them for freedom and independence as long as I shall live, and until I breathe my last breath, so help me God. Semper Fidelis!