By KANI XULAM

“When we are born, we cry that we are come to this great stage of fools.”
–William Shakespeare, King Lear

That quotation from the Great Bard came to mind while watching a historic meeting in my Kurdish hometown of Amed between Sivan Perwer, king of Kurdish pop music, and Mesut Barzani, president of the Kurdistan Regional Government.

Hosting this live television event last month was Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who astonishingly managed to utter the forbidden word “Kurdistan”—not once, but twice, without suffering apoplectic hysteria the way he does while raining death and destruction upon the Kurds by his ruthless military attacks.

Wait, please, on the mesmerizing applause.


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