We are perhaps over-fond of saying that globalization brings nations together, abolishes distance, leads to interdependence and so forth. These easy phrases grow smooth with repetition. But actually, an honest telling of the Kurdish story does involve a "learning experience" about American history also. This is no mere slab of coffee-table gorgeousness, designed to evoke the quaint and the folkloric. It is replete with blood and tragedy and struggle and all the other raw materials of humanity and ought to engage us even if it did not expose our complicity. Look again at the photographs of the Kurds, like a river flowing uphill, as they flee their homeland en masse in the spring of 1991. America had gone to war in the name of these people so recently subjected to massacre by poison gas. Forgetting, here, is not an option.