The Ma­jor Step

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Gazi Hassan

Last week, Pesh­merga was able to de­fend Kur­dis­tan vig­or­ously against the ISIS of­fen­sives. The sav­age at­tacks of the rad­i­cal Is­lamic groups launched on Shin­gal was an at­tempt to ex­ter­mi­nate the Kur­dish Ezidis. Thou­sands of them moved to the arid, dry and wa­ter­less Mount of Shin­gal flee­ing the threats of geno­cide. This cre­ated tragic scenes in the world’s me­dia. Prac­ti­cally, many civil­ians have died of star­va­tion and hunger, in­clud­ing over 60 chil­dren and a num­ber of the elderly. We still wit­ness heart­break­ing im­ages in­deed.

Pesh­merga, who has had a long his­tory in de­fend­ing peo­ple of Kur­dis­tan in­clud­ing all the eth­nic­i­ties and re­li­gions, again waged a fierce war de­spite the lack of ad­e­quate am­mu­ni­tion. The ISIS was able to de­feat Nuri al-Ma­liki’s army within two hours in June. They, al­most in no time, con­trolled a num­ber of Sunni cities and towns in­clud­ing the Iraqi sec­ond city of Mo­sul. But Pesh­merga coura­geously de­fended their po­si­tions. The new re­al­ity surely will con­vince Iraq and other coun­tries such as the US, France and other al­lies and friends of the Kurds to re­con­sider their re­la­tion and ap­proach to the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion and Pesh­merga forces as well.

The ini­tial steps have been taken and this time with­out re­turn­ing to Baghdad. Pres­i­dent Obama has au­tho­rized air strikes and an­nounced pro­vid­ing mil­i­tary sup­port to Pesh­merga forces to tar­get ISIS ter­ror­ists and their bases. He made another im­por­tant de­ci­sion which is pro­vid­ing aid via air­drops to the Kur­dish Ezidis who fled to the moun­tain­top of Sin­jar and whose life are re­ally in dan­ger. This is the right step by the U.S to stop the threats against the cap­i­tal of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion.

It’s true that Obama fears in­volv­ing the U.S into another end­less war­fare in Iraq, which’s now be­ing led by a chau­vin­ist and sec­tar­ian person like al-Ma­liki. The cur­rent PM is the main rea­son be­hind trig­ger­ing sec­tar­ian war and the fail­ure of the Iraqi govern­ment. It’s true that the air strike is lim­ited in scope, but it will gen­er­ate a great hope within all the com­po­nents that be­lieve in democ­racy, civil so­ci­ety, tol­er­ance and co­ex­is­tence of re­li­gions and eth­nic­i­ties in the re­gion. The Kur­dis­tan Re­gion will take a great ad­van­tage of this step. It will be able to de­fend it­self and con­tinue its strug­gle in com­bat­ing ter­ror­ism and re­pulse any threat against the re­gion. At the same time, Kur­dis­tan im­proves its diplomatic and mil­i­tary ties with the U.S to en­hance more sta­bil­ity and con­stant growth.

So what’s next? Is this go­ing to be the begin­ning of a cru­cial strike and a joint Kur­dis­tan-US-Iraq op­er­a­tion against the ter­ror? Are steps go­ing to be taken to elim­i­nate ISIS and rad­i­cal armed forces in Mo­sul? Or they’re just go­ing to par­tially limit and cur­tail their in­flu­ence? The Is­lamists are as­sisted with mil­i­tary and lo­gis­tic sup­ports by some neigh­bor­ing coun­tries. Is this be­com­ing a new begin­ning for a new Iraq af­ter June 9? Of course, many new de­vel­op­ments could hap­pen in the com­ing days even in­side Kur­dis­tan. Many par­ties will hardly be crit­i­cized over their short­com­ings po­lit­i­cally.

The anti-ter­ror­ism front should se­ri­ously re­con­sider the strate­gies of fight­ing these ex­treme groups. The Kur­dis­tan Re­gion is an in­dis­pens­able cen­ter to de­feat the ISIS. This sta­ble re­gion is the only haven in the Mid­dle East that is mov­ing to­wards democ­racy, open­ness and al­liance with the West; it has no in­ter­est in vi­o­lence, on the con­trary it is rather de­vel­op­ing amid sta­bil­ity and se­cu­rity. This is not only ad­van­ta­geous to the peo­ple of the area, who are now fac­ing an act of geno­cide, but many coun­tries like the U.S and Europe will cer­tainly ben­e­fit from it. Even some re­gional coun­tries could make use of the im­por­tant po­si­tion of Kur­dis­tan un­der the slo­gan of «one al­liance and one power against the rad­i­cal Is­lamists.» That could be called The Ma­jor Step.

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