I'm neither a doctor nor a politician, so I’m not really qualified to examine the serious sickness facing the Kurdistan Region nowadays. But as a journalist, I can certainly relate what I see in front of me.
The political experience in Kurdistan has witnessed considerable and substantial development over the last twenty years. It's true that there have been attempts to cast doubts on the political and administrative situation in Kurdistan, but any pessimism or defamation are surely countered by the authority the Kurdistan Region has brought to its diplomatic relations with neighboring nations as well as the EU, America, Australia, Russia, China, Canada, and Central Asia. It also has taken great steps in the fields of oil, energy and construction, and it has successfully kept its doors open to gas, oil and construction companies. This aspect of the past two decades provides ample grounds for optimism about out local politicians and the KRG.
We have therefore to ask ourselves why the political process in Kurdistan should have been infected with such suspicion and conflict? What’s behind all the character defamation? What underpins this common political strategy? Who are the beneficiaries of such conflict? Before answering, I would like to repeat something a citizen said to me: "When I listen to the Opposition’s speeches, I feel that there is no hope and that Kurdistan is deep in crisis. They create an image of hell out of here!" So why do they liken Kurdistan to hell? Because some parties that have decided to function as Opposition present everything through the prism of pessimism and anger. They’re like sick people suffering from a serious illness, whose symptoms have yet to appear, who judge everything according to their own illness: “No,” they say, “it’s YOUR illness that’s serious... just look at your forehead, look at your color and your skin… look how slowly you walk, like a dead man. What’s worse, you can’t even speak properly, or answer questions, predictions and suspicions”. There are two reasons for that: first, the fact that they’re committed to a program of suspicion; second, their ignorance and unwillingness to see the issues as they are.
These antipathetic politicians who have decided to work in one direction and accept only one biased viewpoint and ideology may well end up causing Kurdistan to suffer a political stroke. Take the issue of the constitution bill, for example. Opposition politicians clamored for the constitution bill to return to Parliament, demanding a NATIONAL agreement on public interest grounds. But even though the President of the Kurdistan Region, respecting public opinion and the need for confidence among the political parties and for a national consensus, decided to put the letters and recommendations of the political parties before Parliament, that same Opposition remains hell bent on causing that stroke. They want to limit all the matters among some political parties which are members in the parliament . This is a risky pressure against political situation. Kurdistan Region is likely to face a serious political stroke under those constant negative pressures and actions!
That is why the Opposition needs to respect all the components of the Kurdistan Region--the Kurds, Turkmen, Chaldeans and Assyrians, Yezidis and Kakayis—and their opinions. Why it need to remain committed to democracy, and to avoid reducing the issues to their own interests and their thirst for power. Its purpose should be to find solutions to these issues, not to magnify them for political ends. The only way to prevent the country suffering a serious political stroke is to respect the rights and duties of all the people involved in the political process.