Peshmerga, Peshmerge or Armed Forces of Kurdistan (Kurdish: Pêşmerge or پێشمهرگه ) is the term used by Kurds to refer to armed Kurdish fighters. Literally meaning "those who face death" (Pesh front + marg death) the Peshmerga forces of Kurdistan have been in existence since the advent of the Kurdish independence movement in the early 1920s, following the collapse of the Ottoman and Qajar empires which had jointly ruled over the area. Peshmerga forces include women in their ranks.-- Wikipedia.
When my son came back from OIF1, he brought me a Peshmerga headcovering (kufiya) which is close in pattern to the one on this guy's head above. Matt is a big fan of the Kurds. It was given to him by a Peshmerga fighter just for being an American soldier. Americans, except for Woodrow Wilson who sold the Kurds out to British and French imperialism in 1919, are very popular in Kurdistan.
Anyway, Matt showed me how to wrap it around my 7 and 3/4 Charlie Brown head and I must say I looked stylish. I keep it in my collection next to the South Vietnamese Ranger jacket.
Here's a link from 2007 about the Peshmerga: http://www.michaeltotten.com/archives/001412.html
Anyway, I was looking through my stuff on Kurds (they figure in Absolved's final chapters)and found this Kurdish proverb.
"Mirina ser piyan baştire li jiyana ser çukan."
Literal Translation: "Death on your feet is better than life on your knees."