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From Darius the Great to Amir Ahmadi -- Kurds and Lurs between the Devil and Prophecy Fulfilled

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He waited several minutes before he would speak.

 

"The colonel won most of the bets. He won a thousand rials, I think, on the headless Lur who ran fifteen paces after he was beheaded."

 

The old man seemed exhausted from the telling of the story.

 

"What happened to the colonel?' I inquired.

 

"The colonel? Oh, he became a general and later Minister of War. What higher-ups shared in the plunder I do not know. But the colonel is today a very rich man. He bought several hundred houses in Tehran with the plunder."

There was scorn in his voice, as he spit out the words,"The Butcher, Amir Ahmadi."

 

 

Later Judge William O. Douglas wrote that he met Amir Ahmadi at a garden party in Tehran.

 

"What is your relationship to the people of Luristan today?' a lady asked.

 

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Hamma Mirwaisi was exposed to the oppression of Kurds while still a youth, as his education was frequently interrupted by Iraqi government harassment. Forbidden from entering university in 1968, he had little choice but to join the peshmerga (more...)
 

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