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  1. Zugzwang
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    30 Apr '17 21:071 edit
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/30/hundreds-of-us-will-die-in-raqqa-the-women-fighting-isis

    "'Hundreds of us will die in Raqqa': the women fighting ISIS."
    --Mark Townsend

    This article's mainly about Kimberly Taylor, a white Englishwoman with
    no previous military experience who volunteered to fight in an 'international
    brigade' (about 100 Western leftists) associated with the Kurdish forces.

    "The plight of Yazidi women, raped and kept as sex slaves by Isis who
    had seized their homeland, changed her future. “Mothers were literally
    trying to give me their babies to take back to Europe. They were totally
    serious, begging me. I had to do something.”"

    "Taylor loves life on the frontline, making a difference, being equal.
    She relishes the thought of killing men who have abused women, and
    loves that there is no sexism or objectification. “For the first time in my
    life I feel men respect me for who I am. Back home, men feel they have
    the right to beep their horn purely because I have a vagina.”"

    Lacking boots, body armor, and a helmet and carrying a nearly 40 year old
    AK-47 rifle, she's far from well-equipped by modern Western military standards.

    "Taylor said she was prepared for death. She does not carry any lucky charms,
    but has the motto “One life” inked in Thai script on her left forearm."

    "“If I return to Europe I’ll be bored sick straight away,” she said. “Here I am fighting
    for a revolution, for freedom, equality. I can die and know that I’ve lived.”"

    In Kimberley Taylor's voice, I can hear distant echoes of other idealistic
    men and women who have fought in past wars, sometimes alongside
    (as some of my relatives told me) barefoot children (age 14 or even younger)
    who had no guns until they could retrieve them from recently slain comrades.
    At least these volunteers, unlike the children of war, thought they had a choice.
    Most of these idealistic (often naïve) men and women did not return home.
    I would say that none of them returned home the same as when they left.
  2. Behind the scenes
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    02 May '17 10:37
    Originally posted by Duchess64
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/30/hundreds-of-us-will-die-in-raqqa-the-women-fighting-isis

    "'Hundreds of us will die in Raqqa': the women fighting ISIS."
    --Mark Townsend

    This article's mainly about Kimberly Taylor, a white Englishwoman with
    no previous military experience who volunteered to fight in an 'international
    brigade' (about 1 ...[text shortened]... en did not return home.
    I would say that none of them returned home the same as when they left.
    "Taylor loves life on the frontline, making a difference, being equal.
    She relishes the thought of killing men who have abused women.


    This sounds like a noble cause. Why don't you join her, the thought of killing men should bring a smile to your face, and a song in your heart. 🙂