For almost a century, the Kurds-one of the world's largest ethnic groups without its own state-have been deceived and double-crossed, their language and culture suppressed, their villages burned and bombed, and their people scattered; now they are major players in the Middle East.
In a letter dated Aug. 28, 18 human rights, peace and religious organizations appealed to President Obama to reject military intervention in Syria.
U.S. options for military intervention in Syria would cost "billions" and require massive commitments of troops, plus planes, ships, submarines, and other equipment.
It is not unlike Sherlock Holmes and the dog that didn't bark. And like Holmes, start with the facts.
The Obama administration's decision to directly supply weapons to the Syrian opposition may end up torpedoing the possibility of a political settlement.
The Obama administration's announcement last week that it would start direct military aid to Syrian rebels is a dangerous step in the wrong direction.
The fact that the president is exercising caution at this point is, for many, a positive change from the Bush-Cheney approach.
Francois Hollande and David Cameron announced that their governments would push for an end to the European Union embargo on selling weapons to rebel forces in Syria.
There is a small opening toward a possible peaceful solution. This is an opportunity that must not be lost.
The war in Syria has taken a turn for the worse with two recent developments: Turkey's military involvement, and the growing role of extremist groups.