We will not be sup­ple­ment to no­body!

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Gazi Has­san

Pres­i­dent Ma­soud Barzani al­ways gives Kur­dish people the sense of hap­pi­ness with his na­tional stance and puts the op­po­nents of the Kurds in a neu­rotic sit­u­a­tion and some­times makes them un­will­ingly rec­og­nize the wills and de­ter­mi­na­tions of Kur­dis­tan.

In the past few weeks, Pres­i­dent Barzani men­tioned twice: “We’ll not be sup­ple­ment to Bag­dad”. The first time when he wel­comed Ital­ian am­bas­sador to Bag­dad. He said then: “the au­thor­i­ties in Bag­dad want the Re­gion to be sup­ple­ment to Bag­dad, but not a real part­ner in Iraq. We never ac­cept to be sup­ple­ment to them af­ter all those strug­gles, sac­ri­fices and catas­tro­phes be­fell our na­tion”. And the sec­ond time, he hon­estly re­it­er­ated the same stance at the open­ing cer­e­mony of the elec­tion cam­paigns in Er­bil.

The mat­ter of be­ing sup­ple­ment is one of the his­toric tan­gles and psy­cho­log­i­cal is­sues of Kur­dish in­di­vid­u­als. Long ago, be­cause of be­ing tan­gled and at­tached to the oc­cu­py­ing pow­ers, at ten­sions, sur­ren­ders, and turn­ing to the en­e­mies, Kurds have been treated as sup­ple­ments, and as a tool to im­pose the will of those pow­ers upon them. This se­ri­ous mat­ter and ill­ness have ac­cu­rately been men­tioned in his­tor­i­cal sources and by lead­ers and var­i­ous move­ments of Kur­dis­tan.

This ex­pres­sion could be con­sid­ered by some people only as an ab­stract and base­less sup­po­si­tion, but (be­ing sup­ple­ment) is ac­tu­ally de­scribed as one of the fa­tal strate­gies of the oc­cu­piers pur­sued against the Kurds. So this is op­po­site to build­ing the in­di­vid­ual’s will and po­lit­i­cal de­ter­mi­na­tion of po­lit­i­cal par­ties. This is ex­actly the op­po­site of in­de­pen­dently mak­ing de­ci­sions and ad­min­is­ter­ing of Kur­dis­tan by Kurds them­selves. The mat­ter of be­ing sup­ple­ment also re­minds us of tens of cat­a­strophic events and crit­i­cal phases that have been oc­cur­ring for hun­dreds of years in the his­tory of Kur­dis­tan.

It’s very im­por­tant that all the po­lit­i­cal par­ties adopt and ob­serve this se- ri­ous pol­icy of Pres­i­dent Barzani to achieve po­lit­i­cal goals, au­ton­omy, and more de­vel­op­ment in the eco­nom­i­cal, so­cial, cul­tural and most im­por­tantly po­lit­i­cal fields as a strate­gic prin­ci­ple. Be­cause the mat­ter of be­ing sup­ple­ment is re­lated to all po­lit­i­cal par­ties in the man­ner of deal­ing with Bag­dad, re­gional pow­ers and the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity. And this is thanks to the po­lit­i­cal bal­ance achieved by the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Govern­ment in deal­ing with the re­gion's pow­ers and make them re­spect the po­lit­i­cal will of the Kur­dish people and re­spect de­vel­op­ing its re­la­tions on all lev­els. On the other hand, the mat­ter is re­lated to the feel­ing and con­science and the char­ac­ter of the Kur­dish in­di­vid­ual. At this stage, the ci­ti­zen­ship should de­pend on the rights and du­ties of each one. The free­dom of each in­di­vid­ual must be re­spected. The civil rights, the eco­nomic and so­cial rights of the Kur­dish in­di­vid­ual should be im­proved, the in­ter­na­tional treaties that guar­an­tee the hu­man rights should be re­spected. It means that it is very im­por­tant that people of Kur­dis­tan in­clud­ing all na­tions, reli­gions, norms and eth­nic groups should have their in­de­pen­dent de­ter­mi­na­tion, con­science and wills , but not as sup­ple­ments. Kur­dis­tan with its strong will, self-con­fi­dence and power to de­cide is in the po­si­tion to make de­ci­sions based on mu­tual re­spect with Bagh­dad or any other re­gional or in­ter­na­tional power. We re­ject the pol­icy of be­ing con­sid­ered as sup­ple­ment to any­one. We op­pose be­ing sub­or­di­nated to any po­lit­i­cal power. We re­ject uni­lat­eral de­ci­sions im­posed upon us which will block and hin­der our ef­forts to fur­ther de­velop our beloved Kur­dis­tan.The pur­pose be­hind this de­ter­mi­na­tion is to re­ject be­ing sup­ple­ment, and strid­ing for­ward to­wards more in­de­pen­dence and build­ing de­ci­sive cit­i­zens and a de­ter­mined so­ci­ety able to make de­ci­sions about its des­tiny.

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