Kurd in the cur­rent po­lit­i­cal equa­tions of Iraq

The Kurdish Globe - - NATIONAL - EX­EC­U­TIVE ED­I­TOR Se­nior U.K. Ed­i­tor

As many po­lit­i­cal an­a­lysts in­di­cate, Iraq has drifted from its or­di­nary and nat­u­ral stream as a state and a united en­tity. What is left be­tween the coun­try's com­po­nents and ma­jor po­lit­i­cal par­ties that are rul­ing Iraq is only shy talks, be­cause the trust is lost be­tween the par­ties. Sun­nis and Shias are liv­ing in the ut­most un­trust­wor­thi­ness; Kurds also are dis­trust­ing Iraqi po­lit­i­cal par­ties. This is a re­al­ity that we should know and not es­cape from, but rather face it and con­trol it.

Amer­i­cans be­lieve that Iraq is un­der a se­ri­ous threat of ter­ror­ist groups and Al-Qaida's re­cur­rence – changes within Syria may strengthen the statue of Al-Nasra Front and Al-Qaida groups in Iraq. They fear that the same prob­lem of 2006-2007 civil war might reap­pear. This would im­pact neg­a­tively on Amer­ica be­cause it would mean the Amer­i­can-troop pull out was too early, and im­ma­ture.

Sun­nis have protested for months in Iraq against the govern­ment, de­mand­ing bet­ter rights, and call­ing for an end to sec­tar­i­an­ism. For the past months they have protested peace­fully, but all that came to an end last week when the Iraqi army cracked down on dis­si­dents within the pro­test­ers camps in Haw­ija. The crack­down re­sulted in the killing of over 50 peo­ple, and in­jured hun­dreds. The Prime Min­is­ter Nouri al-Ma­liki soon af­ter­wards is­sued a pub­lic state­ment, call­ing for unity and di­a­logue. Shortly af­ter the pub­lic state­ment, the Prime Min­is­ter or­dered the clo­sure of 10 TV chan­nels, 9 of which were Sunni-based.

Ma­liki has pro­voked not only Sunni pro­test­ers through his tac­tics, but also Kurds. For in­stance, the dis­sem­i­na­tion of the Iraqi army into the dis­puted ar­eas con­sti­tuted as an act of provo­ca­tion. How­ever, the sit­u­a­tion of Kurds in Iraq’s au­ton­o­mous re­gion is not com­pa­ra­ble to that of Sun­nis. Kur­dish peo­ple have their own par­lia­ment, and Govern­ment since 2003 – and are an ac­tive force in erad­i­cat­ing ter­ror in the re­gion.

Kur­dish peo­ple have been ac­tive ad­vo­cates for di­a­logue and peace within Iraq. Af­ter the Haw­ija in­ci­dent, a high-rank­ing del­e­ga­tion was sent to Bagh­dad, in­clud­ing the Prime Min­is­ter of the Kur­dis­tan re­gion, Nechir­van Barzani. The cur­rent sit­u­a­tion was dis­cussed in­tensely, and a plan was hatched up to deal with the cri­sis. Af­ter the meet­ing, it was an­nounced that the Prime Min­is­ter of Iraq, Nouri al-Ma­liki would be ar­riv­ing within Kur­dis­tan re­gion this week.

The most im­por­tant ques­tion is how Kurds will ben­e­fit from the cur­rent po­lit­i­cal tur­moil in Iraq, and whether this will lead to strength­ened ties with the Iraqi govern­ment.

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