Ottoman Turks History Matters: Who are the Kurds? By Gary Joiner, Ph.D. & Gary Joiner, Ph.D. • Sep 9, 2014 The U.S. has entered the war against Islamic State fighters, or ISIS, in Iraq with air strikes. Kurds are one of the main Western allies. Commentator Gary Joiner takes a step back to look at the Kurdish people through history. History Matters: Polish military will never forget its winged hussars By Gary Joiner, Ph.D. • Jul 23, 2013 The Polish winged hussars were famous for their huge "wings," a wooden frame carrying feathers of birds. Commentator Gary Joiner says it's a history that the Polish Air Force honors today.