Kur­dis­tan is not turn­ing back

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Gazi Has­san

Pol­i­tics is not about what we want. On some oc­ca­sions, pol­i­tics means cross­ing un­usual bor­ders and achiev­ing great dreams. Half of the in­ten­tion be­hind the ti­tle of this ar­ti­cle is a speech Nechir­van Barzani made a few days ago at the oil and en­ergy con­fer­ence in Er­bil. Ad­dress­ing hun­dreds of na­tional, Ara­bic and for­eign com­pa­nies, me­dia and guests, he said “Kur­dis­tan is not turn­ing back.” Ac­tu­ally, ac­cord­ing to the po­lit­i­cal logic and diplo­matic re­la­tions that have been es­tab­lished in re­cent years be­tween Kur­dis­tan and Europe, Amer­ica, Canada and some Ara­bic coun­tries, Kur­dis­tan is not turn­ing back po­lit­i­cally, diplo­mat­i­cally, cul­tur­ally or com­mer­cially, and the econ­omy is the driv­ing force that makes it pos­si­ble to re­main true to this de­ci­sive strat­egy.

It’s true that there are huge po­lit­i­cal, hu­man­i­tar­ian and fi­nan­cial pres­sures which can some­times spill over into con­fronta­tion with ter­ror­ist at­tacks and pres­sure (in in­tel­li­gence, for in­stance) ex­erted on the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion. The Iraqi gov­ern­ment, too, and sev­eral na­tions in the re­gion, is not above schem­ing to desta­bi­lize the de­vel­oped and tran­quil sit­u­a­tion in Kur­dis­tan. And then there are the rad­i­cal groups and chau­vin­ist mind-frames that con­sider them­selves Kur­dis­tan’s en­e­mies, too.

We will do more than say Kur­dis­tan is not turn­ing back: Kur­dis­tan is not turn­ing back in many of its poli­cies, and it does not go about its task ac­cord­ing to clas­si­cal anal­y­ses and for­mer tra­di­tional in­ter­ests. This means that the KRG au­thor­i­ties— whether it be the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Pres­i­dency led by Mas­soud Barzani, the Coun­cil of Min­is­ters led by Nechir­van Barzani, or any other po­lit­i­cal or leg­isla­tive in­sti­tu­tion—take trust­ful steps dy­nam­i­cally and de­ci­sively. The fun­da­men­tal strat­egy in the Re­gion to­day is, firstly, keep­ing away from in­ter­nal and re­gional dis­putes and, se­condly, uni­fy­ing the po­lit­i­cal dis­course across other parts of Kur­dis­tan, es­pe­cially in re­gard to democ­racy and the peace­ful res­o­lu­tion of the Kur­dish Ques­tion.

When we say Kur­dis­tan is not turn­ing back, we mean the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion’s au­thor­ity is ut­terly con­vinced of the need to es­tab­lish po­lit­i­cal, eco­nom­i­cal and diplo­matic re­la­tions. In a Mid­dle East wracked by trou­bles, war and change, the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion has emerged as a pow­er­ful center for de­ci­sion-mak­ing, sus­tain­ing peace be­tween the Kurds and the Turks, and solv­ing the Kur­dish Is­sue in Western Kur­dis­tan in a non-vi­o­lent way. Kurds in Iraq have sought a peace­ful role, peace­ful co­ex­is­tence of the eth­nic­i­ties in the Re­gion, and gov­ern­men­tal sta­bil­ity.

Com­pared to other parts of Iraq and some coun­tries in the Mid­dle East, the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion is mov­ing to­ward de­vel­op­ment on many lev­els. Ex­port­ing oil and gas through Tur­key will fur­ther en­hance the po­si­tion of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion.

The re­sults are not yet cer­tain, but some of the out­comes are per­cep­ti­ble. How­ever, it is ob­vi­ous from the anger of its op­po­nents that the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion is tak­ing a his­toric step in fur­ther­ing its own in­ter­ests. The op­po­nents say the Kurds are ac­tu­ally mov­ing to­wards eco­nomic in­de­pen­dence, which has only one im­pli­ca­tion for the fu­ture, which is po­lit­i­cal in­de­pen­dence. So the great dream of the Kurds will be re­al­ized in the pol­icy which the Re­gional Pres­i­dency and po­lit­i­cal au­thor­i­ties are pur­su­ing. In the mean­time, the Kurds will ap­ply the pol­icy that is best for them, but al­ways with re­spect for the con­sti­tu­tion and hu­man­i­tar­ian and do­mes­tic laws. Their strat­egy is serv­ing peo­ple and re­main­ing a just au­thor­ity which treats ev­ery po­lit­i­cal com­po­nent, eth­nic­ity and re­li­gion equally. Even more im­por­tantly, the Kurds are us­ing the oil in the Re­gion cau­tiously with a view to se­cur­ing pros­per­ity and strength­en­ing their char­ac­ter—not as a way of cre­at­ing a sit­u­a­tion of lead­ers and the led.

This re­fusal to turn back may sweep aside many his­toric and psy­cho­log­i­cal ob­sta­cles. We are not far from a do­mes­tic po­lit­i­cal re­nais­sance which could bring pos­i­tive out­comes as well as tem­po­rary neg­a­tiv­ity. But, this time, oil will not be used as a tool for sup­press­ing the Kurds; it has been trans­formed into a mod­ern tool for en­hanc­ing the power and pros­per­ity of Kur­dis­tan.

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