One of my favorite lines of wisdom comes from the words of a Comic book hero Conan the Barbarian. In a few situation the alleged civilized people perform acts of brutality. The stoic response of Conan " And they call me a barbarian".
The Yezidi people are a much persecuted people who live a dangerous life under Islam. In their version of creation they were created by a union of the peacock god and Adam. Allegedy the Peacock God is Satan according to the adjacent people. In the Yezidi version Satan is forgiven by God and restored to heaven. The Yezidis also venerate black snakes for pluging a hole in Noah's ark.
One of the under reported aspects of recent history is the Armenian/Assyrian and Greek genocide in the WW1 era. The Ottomans were a far left group that first desired to create a transnational union across religious lines. The Christians wanted freedom from Islamo oppression. The Ottomans ethnically cleansed their country with a massacre of Armenians, Assyrians and Greeks. The women and children were marched across the desert where Arabs and Kurdish henchmen raped and murdered the Christians.
Along the was some Armenians were rescued by the Yezidi who are derided as Satan Worshipers. It would seem that massacring unarmed starving people is objectionable to the Yezidi but not to Muslims or their Leftist Ottoman overlords.
I want to thank Kuhnkat for proving written confirmation of the legends of Yezidi rescue of Christians. To their credit the Armenian government has granted refuge to Yezidi facing persecution.
The topic of Kurds is far more complex than one thinks at first glance. They have a history of oppressing Christians. Moreover some of the Kurds practice offshoots that are only marginally Islamic like the Alevi. Apparantly there is an Arab variant of this Kurdish religion and its adherents run the Syrian Government. One of the real reasons the Assad regime is so brutal is that this Alawite clique is 11% of the population but has a stranglehold on power. The Isreal bogey man diverts attention from this serious problem. Also the garb of the Syrian Baath party as a leftist force also diverts attention from their odious human rights records.
Many Muslims rail about depredations of Mongols, Crusaders, Zionists ( mostly fictitious and multiplied by ten) and ignore 1400 years of brutality towards other people. The fact that Islam has brutalized people in its path is just inconvenient.
We are supposed to pretent that Islam was spread through trade. Massacres of Hindus, Zoroastrians, Christians, Budhists, Pagans, Jews, Yezidi and others were just isolated events. The version of Disneyfied Islamic history is false and misleading.
Conan's quip becomes poignant when a group derided as Devil worshipers intervene to prevent genocide. Apparently there are acts of brutality that even pagans can't stomach.
Beamish in 08, Ducky to North Korea and John Brown to be relabotomized in Cuba.