Po­lit­i­cal stroke

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - EX­EC­U­TIVE ED­I­TOR

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.

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