Richard Engel of NBC News managed to enter the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobane and has an excellent report (properly critical of the Obama administration) on the brave Kurdish women and men resisting the Islamic State forces trying to capture the town.
“Women and men live together and fight together. There are no formal ranks, no organized units, and everyone calls each other ‘comrade’. The Kurds of Kobane are a throwback: progressive idealists in a region that may be descending into medieval darkness.”
Reminds me somewhat of George Orwell’s description of the POUM militia in which he fought against the fascists in the Spanish civil war. Let’s hope the Kurds are more successful.