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Scott Simon Essay: Freedom for the Kurds

With Turkish troops poised to cross the border into northern Iraq, the Kurdish people of Iraq fear they'll become victims once again. They were gassed by Saddam Hussein's forces in 1988, and became the targets of the Iraqi military's "ethnic purification" campaign. In his commentary, NPR's Scott Simon worries the Kurds will have the most to lose in the current war.

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Scott Simon is one of America's most admired writers and broadcasters. He is the host of Weekend Edition Saturday and is one of the hosts of NPR's morning news podcast Up First. He has reported from all fifty states, five continents, and ten wars, from El Salvador to Sarajevo to Afghanistan and Iraq. His books have chronicled character and characters, in war and peace, sports and art, tragedy and comedy.