By Hamma Mirwaisi and Alison Buckley
General Amir Ahmadi by Sepahbod Ahmad Amir-Ahmadi
Looking back on some of the most brutal episodes in Kurdish history, even the most casual enquirer must question the motives and forces behind the animosity of individual Persian figures towards the Medes -- today's and yesterday's Kurds, Lurs, Taylish, and other Aryan peoples of the Middle East and Asia. Equally as deeply disturbing is the occurrence of the same patterns in the modern era. Originally recorded by Darius the Great in his description of his crimes against the Medes, Persians, and other Aryans, they were later adopted by Persians of another but no less reprehensible persuasion, whose ostensibly innocent but self-interested designs have created significant challenges in ensuing Middle Eastern power configurations. Tragically, from Darius' day on, Aryan history recorded many others like him, including Amir Ahmadi, last century's Iranian butcher of Luristan.
The suffering of the descendants of the ancient Medes including Kurds, Lur, Taylish, and others started with Darius, who raised the cruelty bar to great levels. These continue now in the era of the Islamic Republic of Iran under the rule of the Arab Islamic Shi'a Sayyied families.
On the Mount Behistun cuneiform inscription in Kermanshah, Iran, Darius the Great boasted of his murder of most of the Zoroastrian magi priests, who had been the chief repositories of living knowledge of the Airyanem civilisation. He then killed a large number of Aryan people and most of their leaders. Darius, in Behishtan (DB), Column 2 (line 70-76), described what he did to the Median King Phraortes (Fravartish), grandson of Shahan Shah Cyaxares the Great, the forefather and liberator of the Aryan Kurds from the Assyrian Empire, known by his people as Kayxesraw the Great.
Darius wrote, "Then we fought the battle, alert, right now, we defeated them all as a group, we are under his shadow, Darius is the king and law giver, thereafter this Phraortes with a few fighters and horsemen fled; to a district named Rag- [note: Rey, Tehran of today was in the middle of Kurdish people land during Median Empire], in Media -- his forces fell apart, he went off. Thereafter, people were working for me, I sent an army in pursuit, he disappeared; Phraortes, seized, was led to me. He was supposed to be my local Median king, right now, I am, as you can see, cut off his ears, his nose, and take out one of his eye; he was alive, kept bound at my palace entrance path, where I was going to work, to see. Afterward I impaled him at Ecbatana; and the men who were his foremost followers, those at Ecbatana within the fortress I flayed and hung out their hides, stuffed with straw for people to see, he was not smart.' (1)
Almost 2436 years later, while working for Reza Shah Pahlavi, General Ahmed Amir-Ahmadi committed similar crimes against humanity. Judge William O. Douglas, long-serving US Supreme Court member, who recorded his experiences in his journey through Iran in the 1950s, described them as follows in his book, Strange Lands and Friendly People:
I asked the old man, "And what about Amir Ahmadi?'
He was afraid to talk about colonel Ahmadi; I assured him his name wouldn't be published.
The deeds of the colonel, as related to me by the old man, had a unique and hideous twist.
"The colonel had ordered some of our young men to be held as captives. Meanwhile he built a fire of charcoal. I soon discovered what he was doing. He had an iron plate so big [indicating a plate about eight inches long, six inches wide, and a quarter of an inch thick]. He heated this until it was red hot. He had his men bring up one of the Lurs. Two soldiers held the prisoner, one on each side. A third soldier stood with a sword behind the prisoner. The colonel gave the signal. The man with the sword swung. As the sword hit the prisoner's neck, the colonel shouted, 'Run.' The head dropped to the ground. The colonel pressed the red hot plate on the stub of the man's neck. The headless man took a step and fell.
"'Give me the tall one,' the colonel shouted. 'He can run better than that.'
"The same process was repeated. The tall man, when beheaded, ran a few paces. Lur after Lur was beheaded. Again and again the plate was heated red hot and slapped on the stub of the neck. Once the colonel was slow with the plate; and the blood shot five feet in the air."
The old man stopped to wet his lips.
"The colonel started betting on how far these headless men could run. He and the soldiers would shout and yell, encouraging each victim to do his best."
The old man paused, his anger swelling up as he relived this experience.