World War III Began in Kurdistan
While declaring air strikes against ISIL, the US president added that the war is going to be lengthy and could last for over three years. He also said in the UN General Assembly that they need a World War III against this terrorist group. Practically, an international war with a coalition of over 50 states has begun. Whether this is a new world war or not, it’s an intensive war with the latest technology and communication and the social networks on the internet. We should bear in mind that Europe has been the originating source of the Islamist groups and exporting them to other hot spots in the world. Another source is the Islamic countries. Because of their failed policy regarding development, social justice and equality they have created a home-made monster that needs such a gigantic coalition to defeat.
Media agencies have been discussing the 3 thousand foreigners that have European citizenship and are now fighting alongside ISIS. This number is low compared to the activities this group is conducting in the European countries. Islamic extremists are like an electronic army as well. The social media networks has been widely and limitlessly used to organize, encourage and send masked youth to the battle to commit the crimes of killing, beheading, and spreading terror among people. In the USA, the Department of Defense has launched an electronic war against ISIS using different languages such as English, Arabic, Somali and Urdu. These languages cover the geography and strongholds of the Islamic radical groups. By doing this, the US publishes the attacks carried out on the ISIS and the number of their casualties to frighten young people from joining the war. According to a report by The Independent, some businessmen and individuals are responsible for helping and funding ISIS, not governments. These extremist groups have benefited from the social media as much as getting advantage from other developed means to fund and encourage their members. Also these groups have utilized the weapons the Iraqi army abandoned and buying some weapons with the money they get from selling oil on the black markets through Turkey, which has been a good source of income for ISIS. The new world war began at the very moment the ISIL attacked Hewler and committed the massacre in Shingal. This indicates that Kurdistan is the starting point of the world war. The major question is what role Kurdistan (as it’s not yet an independent state) would play and what position it would have as a result of redrawing of the map of the Middle East and post-war share of power? Is Kurdistan going to be divided back into small emirates and local powers like at the time after the World War I? Or is there going to be a chance of unifying some parts of the great Kurdistan and forming a Kurdish state, especially in Southern Kurdistan as it’s been manifested militarily, economically, diplomatically and politically like a common and consistent centre with the international powers?
Chances of Kurdistan has increased due to the negative changes in the position of Arabic-Islamic countries, the stance Iran has taken against the international community as being part of ethno-sectarian division strategy, and Turkey’s concerns and anxiety over taking part in war on ISIL. But it needs a unified front, a common political discourse and a decisive decision maker in Kurdistan itself to achieve the long overdue dream of this courageous nation. However, we are quite optimistic that the future belongs to the Kurds.