Democracy is the only way to free minds and thoughts
The term ‘democracy’ indicates a high state of free thought and expression, religious tolerance, individual liberty, political self-determination, a fair and just society through majority rule and voting passed on from people to the government. The state’s most important duties in these kinds of regime are treating the individual as a citizen with full rights and duties, and allowing people to achieve their rights and interests.
The right to flourish, to freedom, peace and dignity are considered the underlying principles of democracy which, in its deepest meaning, has always stood for truly human solutions and human problems; democracy respects the rights and dignity of everyone, not just the few.
Of course, the initial foundations of this advanced ideology were based upon the principles of rationality after a bitter struggle waged by Europe’s schools of thought down the ages.
Hence, we can assert that the concept of political democracy is sophisticated and rigid, since it is possible to improve the shape and concept of democracy depending on the time and place. No wonder the system has spread across continents and been adapted by different cultures.
The European peoples valued this kind of system, and they considered it a typical European invention, even though the concept is the product of different faiths and cultures throughout human history. In reality, however, the European nations has been associated with this system for the purpose of achieving maximum freedom, justice and equality among the people.
The Europeans tried very hard to adopt democratic systems in all spheres of political, economic and social justice and used these precious values to liberate the people from monotony and intellectual stagnation, which in turn led to growth and substantial progress in Western European countries. The system proved to be the only one capable of serving the European nations and getting them closer to one another.
The emphasis on democracy by all means reached all parts of Europe, including the east and all the countries controlled by the Nazi regime in Germany and the fascist regime in Italy, as well as most of the states ruled by proletarian dictatorships for decades.
Gradually, the democratic system spread to many countries in East Asia and Africa as well as most of the nations of Latin and South America.
The time has come for real democracy to play a role in rescuing the Arab world from the recession, monotony and isolation which hinders the intellectual march towards progress; without a real democratic system, that will not be possible.
We watch on as Arabs and Mus- lims demand this kind of regime. And the old "The people want regime change", is gradually changing to the more accuracy and credible "people wants to emancipate the mind"--a very revolutionary slogan which clearly indicates the need for a change in mentality in the Middle East and the Islamic world. After all, “Man must first be transformed inside in order to change the world around him.”
It is very clear today that the values of the democratic ideology can play an active and effective part in the renaissance of our peoples and the consolidation of the true meaning of life among the members of our communities.
Why are the Kurds not entitled to what are entitled to?
The Kurds are an ancient nation in Middle East. They have lived for thousands of years in their areas of origin, Kurdistan, which includes parts of Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Syria, “Iranian Azerbaijan” and Armenia.
Unfortunately, there are no accurate statistics on the number of Kurds in the world, although estimates indicate the existence of approximately 35 to 40 million Kurds. Half of them lives in Turkey, where they make up 20-25 % of the total population; the rest are divided between other countries such as Iran, Iraq and Syria. In addition, large numbers of Kurds have emigrated to Europe, the United States, Lebanon and Russia, due to political crises and repeated persecutions against them in their countries of origin.
The Kurdish people have suffered repression and persecution in every country in the Middle East. While most of the people in the world have got what they wanted and gained their independence, the Kurds were not given a chance to establish their independent state. Independent Kurdish states have thus only existed for very short periods of time in extremely limited geographical area--the “Republic of Mahabad”, for example, between 1946 and 1947 in Iran.
This is clearly a natural right, and cannot be refused or-stood against. Still, whenever the Kurds demanded the right to establish their independent state, we find someone screaming and making a lot of noise, even though the demand is legitimate rights as we mentioned.
It seems that what is a legitimate right for others is forbidden to the Kurds, or that it is a taboo that cannot even be uttered, while for others it is acceptable and even desirable-as in the case of Kosovo, East Timor or South Sudan.
The question that always comes to mind is why does the Kurdish dream antagonize most of the Arab states? What if the majority of people in Iraq were Kurds and the Arabs made up only a minority of less than 10-15 %? Wouldn’t the Arab states support their fellow Arabs then to establish their independent state as they defend and support the establishment of a state today for the Arabs of Ahvaz in Iran?
Fortunately, the situation in the world has changed now, because the time of rebellion and disobedience is no longer useful as far as stating how to put things in a civilized way. And the danger posed by governments and authoritarian regimes no longer exists. And the despicable attempts in which they were trying to blur the Kurdish identity and to paint it with contaminating ideas no longer exists, either.
It seems very clearly today that the will of the people is stronger and very dominant, and their will to live in freedom, honor and dignity will prevail no matter what in the end. In addition to that, it is very certain to the Persians, Turks and Arabs that the will of the Kurdish people cannot be defeated, because the Kurds can withstand, cope and manage things better than most nations in the area. I could say without exaggeration that the Kurds could reach the high standard of a truly civilized nation, especially given political stability, social peace and sustainable economic growth.
I have no doubt that the government in the province of Kurdistan are working very hard to sustain the economic boom and prove their ability to survive despite all the difficult challenges they face both internally and externally. Therefore, many economists expected the arrival of Iraqi Kurdistan in the ranks of mature economies in the next ten years. And to promote this goal, the strategic vision of Iraqi Kurdistan for 2020 is of a territory ahead of other territories in the region (if we assume the survival of the federal state), or a highly developed country in economic, social, cultural, judicial and moral terms with political stability, popular participation, quality of life and governmental integrity.
In fact, the existence of huge amounts of oil and gas in Kurdistan is a great chance for the Kurdish government to improve their future in the hope that they will benefit the people of Kurdistan and surrounding countries.
Certainly, the province needs a renaissance and to consider the future to safeguard the dignity of the Kurdish people and the other minorities living in the region for the sacrifices they have made to this day.
Of course, we cannot forget the dispute between the province and Baghdad, but their differences can surely be negotiated. We do not expect things to go through smoothly and easily, but it is well known that “Rights are taken, not given".