No one can stop the development progress of Kurdistan
It seems that Arab democracy in the Middle East has little to do with the core principles of democracy. And it seems that the elected Iraqi government and the Prime Minister of the Arab Shi’a majority are continuing the same policies which a series of Iraqi dictators and governments inflicted on the Kurds for decades.
I believe that the time has come for the Iraqi people to be able to use their oil to build a new, free, modern country and do what the Kurds did in building the amazing Kurdistan Region and achieving a unique democracy in the Middle East. They should choose this over doing what a series of Iraqi governments did in the past: namely buying weapons with which to kill their own people. In the new democratic Iraq, sooner or later, Mr. al Maliki and both the Shi’a coalitions and Sunni political groups will realize that there is a new country and that a whole new world is coming into being with new rules. They will grasp the amazing development taking place now in the Kurdistani democracy, along with several key facts: no one can stop the Kurds achieving freedom and democracy in the New Iraq; there can be no New Iraq without the Kurds, and there can be no democratic modern Iraq or bright future for the Iraqi Community without the Kurds.
As more oil is discovered, the Kurdistan Region now has the potential to become an important and reliable source of energy for Turkey, in particular, and for the global energy market. And the Kurds are different from the Arabs ethnically, racially and linguistically. In the new Iraq, the Kurds are working to achieve fundamental civil rights for all Iraq’s ethnicities in a unified, democratic and modern state. The bad policies of the Iraqi government drove Iraq towards civil war over the last decade and there are fears that fate could befall Iraq once again.
The KRG has been striving to create an environment conducive to investment in order to attract foreign investment, create strong bilateral relations and strengthen multilateral partnerships with allies and neighbors who have been hostile to the idea of Kurdistan. By adopting investor-friendly policies, the KRG has managed to attract multinationals and oil majors, leading to rapid economic development. This outward-looking policy has made the Kurdistan region an attractive place for investment and earned it many friends around the world. The Kurdistan Region’s oil policy has also been successful: attracting oil majors has been pivotal in putting the Kurdistan Region on the world energy map.
It is very important to live in a country that is governed democratically. There are widely differing perceptions of how ethnic, religious and national minorities can be fairly represented in national legislatures, although the predominant view leans towards minorities not being fairly represented. Around the world, freedom is important. The only significant variation between countries is the level of expression of discontent at the lack of this freedom.