The Kobani Saga and More!

I have been crossing my fingers as the fighting in Kobani  has dragged on. The ISIS fighters, after all, had almost overrun the city. The kurds were fighting for their lives. And meanwhile, the Turks just watched from across the border.

Well, the kurds have gotten help – resupplied from the air,  Turkey allowed kurds to cross the border to help, and US air strikes stopped the advance.

And now it seems that the kurds are on the attack – pushing ISIS out of the parts of town that it occupied.  Wow!

There is a conflict management lesson here. Getting through conflict — especially crisis — requires grit. You know grit when you see it. And the kurds in Kobani have it. Demonstrating grit has a side effect. your opponents have no choice but to respect you for it.

But grit is not just about fighting. Sometimes you need it just to help people. And in Ferguson, Missouri, while demonstrators locked horns with police, a local institution showed a lot of grit. The Ferguson Public Library stayed open and offered  essential community services. God bless ’em!


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