En­ergy Cri­sis

No one can stop the de­vel­op­ment progress of Kur­dis­tan

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Saadula Aqrawi

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.

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