Kurd in the current political equations of Iraq
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.