Much of this will fall on deaf ears and many will continue to live in denial but the Kurdish people have grown incredibly weary of foreign volunteers over the course of their war with ISIS. This is due to several key factors that have cullminated into a distaste for outside help that doesn’t come in the form of military support. With the war coming to a close, volunteer numbers are dwindling and many units are doing away with them entirely. I would say this article is more geared towards the Peshmerga; but maybe the YPG are starting to feel the same way?

Cultural differences are huge; for the most part most they don’t understand what the hell foreign volunteers are doing in Kurdistan. Sure they get it to some extent (fight evil blah blah blah “I hate Daesh”) but not to the extent we would think they would. They can’t understand why any sane person (justifiably) would fly across the world to fight and risk death in a war that is not their own for a country they do not belong to, especially for free. They would probably be more understanding if volunteers were instead coming for money as mercenaries which, even though there are few out there it is incredibly rare.

The Kurdish culture honors bravery above all else but you would be hard pressed to find a Kurdish soldier who would do what many volunteers have done. The Kurds will not fight for land they do not believe they have rights to for one, and second, if the US got invaded tomorrow they would not come to the US to fight our hypothetical enemy even if they were allowed too. That’s not to say they wouldn’t show solidarity and support with America through other means; they will always be our allies but they fight for their country and their people, not someone else’s. America and many of the countries where volunteers have come from have expeditionary militaries and many of these volunteers come from these militaries so going abroad to fight a war outside their own country is nothing new. The Kurdish military is not expeditionary.

Before I start the next part I have to say there are real warriors taking part in this war, men who have done their part and deserve nothing but respect for what they have done, they deserve their due respect even if they seem to fit the bill for some of these categories.  I will say this unabashedly; I have fallen into or do belong to some of these categories and the only way I can write this article correctly is by taking a deep look at myself as well as interacting with many of the things/people I am writing about extensively. I am not beyond reproach, just the opposite; I belong to the same tribe.