Kur­dis­tan Re­gion ready to de­fend Kurds in Syria

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

Re­cently, a num­ber of tragic pho­tos of mas­sacres and mass killings of Kur­dish chil­dren and women per­pe­trated by rad­i­cal Is­lamist groups af­fil­i­ated to Al-Qaeda and the AlNus­rah group have been pub­lished on so­cial net­works. The rad­i­cal groups an­nounced that killing and kid­nap­ping Kur­dish chil­dren and women is both holy and re­li­gious. This is a clear re­turn to the pol­icy of geno­cide and An­fal per­pe­trated against the Kurds by the Baath regime dur­ing the nine­teen eight­ies.

The Kur­dish ques­tion in Syria is about to be­come a ma­jor is­sue, but this time the mat­ter is not re­lated to the mas­sacre of the Kurds by the As­sad regime, but rather the mas­sacre and dec­la­ra­tion of war against Kurds by rad­i­cal Is­lamist groups. At the same time, the mat­ter has been linked to YPG fighters linked to the Kur­dis­tan Work­ers Party (PKK).

The mat­ter is se­ri­ous, be­cause the Kur­dish ques­tion will be turned into an is­sue over which Kurds and Arabs will com­mit act of vi­o­lence against one another. And for the first time, in or­der to re­duce pres­sure on the As­sad Regime, Iran and Rus­sia are men­tion­ing the at­tacks and mas­sacres against Kur­dish peo­ple and con­demn­ing them. They in­tend to de­nounce the ter­ror­ist at­tacks com­mit­ted by these rad­i­cal Is­lamist groups in or­der to im­prove the rep­u­ta­tion of the As­sad Regime, but not nec­es­sar­ily be­cause they sup­port Kurds in this part of Kur­dis­tan. We should keep in mind that Turkey is part of the equa­tion and that the events in Syria and in­volv­ing Kurds is ex­tremely rel­e­vant to that coun­try, adding to the fresh ties be­tween Saudi Ara­bia and Egypt against the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood and rad­i­cal Is­lamist groups. The Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, which now plays a role in cru­cial re­gional de­ci­sions, can­not stand still while Kurds of its own blood are un­der threat.

The Pres­i­dent of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, Ma­soud Barzani, de­liv­ered a mes­sage to the prepa­ra­tion com­mit­tee of na­tional con­fer­ence on Au­gust 8th 2013 re­gard­ing this is­sue:

“Re­cently, news items and ru­mors spread in some gen­eral and po­lit­i­cal me­dia have claimed that war has been de­clared against the Kur­dish peo­ple in Western Kur­dis­tan by ter­ror­ists, and that ex­trem­ists af­fil­i­ated to AlQaeda have at­tacked in­no­cent civil­ians and be­headed Kur­dish chil­dren and women. I call upon you to form a spe­cial com­mit­tee to visit Western Kur­dis­tan and in­ves­ti­gate the ve­rac­ity of these re­ports. If the in­for­ma­tion is right and in­no­cent Kur­dish chil­dren and women are un­der threat of killing and ter­ror, the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion will de­fend these in­no­cents with

First pub­lished in 2005 all its strength."

It is ob­vi­ous that, in both moral and po­lit­i­cal terms, the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion can­not re­main a by­stander to the events in Western Kur­dis­tan for good, es­pe­cially if in­ves­ti­ga­tions prove the claims that Kur­dish cit­i­zens have been tar­geted by rad­i­cal groups. The Kur­dis­tan Re­gion will soon have to make a cru­cial de­ci­sion which will im­pact on the in­ter­na­tional and re­gional po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion by send­ing forces to pre­vent the mas­sacre of Kur­dish chil­dren and women and re­dress­ing the in­ter­nal bal­ance for Kurds in this part of Kur­dis­tan. Any steps of this kind should ob­vi­ously be rec­om­mended by the na­tional con­fer­ence com­mit­tee which is to be sent to Syria by Pres­i­dent Barzani. We should bear in mind that Syria is a neigh­bor­ing coun­try of in­ter­na­tional sovereignty; the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion can­not send its spe­cial force into any coun­try un­less there is a new in­ter­na­tional sta­tus quo on the ground.

What’s im­por­tant for the Kurds at this stage are unity and sol­i­dar­ity in de­fend­ing the Kurds and pre­vent­ing mas­sacres and at­tacks per­pe­trat­ing by rad­i­cal groups against Kur­dish peo­ple in Western Kur­dis­tan. The Kur­dis­tan Re­gion has a golden op­por­tu­nity to take the ini­tia­tive in erad­i­cat­ing ter­ror­ist at­tacks on Kurds in the con­text of ter­ror eradication led by su­per­pow­ers. This ac­tion may ter­rify some Kur­dish groups, but it will even­tu­ally ben­e­fit the Kurds. The bound­aries di­vid­ing the dif­fer­ent parts of Kur­dis­tan, and even be­tween dif­fer­ent Mid­dle Eastern coun­tries will no longer be po­lit­i­cally and con­sti­tu­tion­ally sacro­sanct. The unity of the Kurds will be strength­ened, and some coun­tries fear of a united Kur­dis­tan will re­cede. These fears may be shared by some Kur­dish po­lit­i­cal par­ties who think the KDP, which is led by Pres­i­dent Ma­soud Barzani of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, will take steps to pro­mote this strat­egy. These will be tem­po­rary con­cerns, be­cause our era needs co­op­er­a­tion and po­lit­i­cal part­ner­ship be­tween all par­ties, not im­po­si­tion and mo­nop­o­liz­ing.

The fears are jus­ti­fied, but the Kurds are faced with a new op­por­tu­nity to el­e­vate the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion's role in the fu­ture sta­tus quo in Syria, and par­tic­u­larly in Western Kur­dis­tan which may wit­ness new de­vel­op­ments. The KRG’s duty in moral and na­tional terms will have to be weighed up against the na­tional con­fer­ence which is due to be held on Au­gust 24th this year, and which will take the re­spon­si­bil­ity for tak­ing the first steps to­wards uni­fy­ing the voice, power and strate­gic op­tions of the Kurds.

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