Kirmanj Gundi, left, pictured in Iraq’s Kurdish region, during a picnic. He fled Sadaam Hussein’s repression against the Kurds and was resettled in Nashville in August 1977. He is now a professor at Tennessee State University’s College of Education. In a recent open letter to President Barack Obama, he wrote: “After the invasion of Iraq and toppling the regime of Saddam Hussein, America ‘won the war’ but could not ‘win the peace,’ because America did not have an adequate understanding of the historical hatred between Shi’as and Sunnis and the distrust between the Arabs and Kurds. America continued to push these entities to remain together without helping them develop a viable solution respected by all."
Muhammad T. Zebari