The Mid­dle East is fall­ing apart and the Kurds carry on

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Gazi Has­san

Pol­i­tics is about achiev­ing goals and it is al­ways sub­ject to changes. Po­lit­i­cal par­ties and gov­ern­ments be­come things of the past, hit the bot­tom rock, but na­tions never col­lapse. The 21st cen­tury doesn’t seem to be in fa­vor of the rad­i­cal gov­ern­ments, au­thor­i­ties and be­liefs of the Mid­dle East, in­clud­ing both na­tion­al­is­tic and re­li­gious. The Kurds have al­ways been vic­tim­ized be­cause of their re­sis­tance and courage. The Kurds could achieve their goals this time if they adopted the pol­icy of open­ness and un­der­stand­ing the de­vel­op­ments and cir­cum­stances with­out be­ing too tra­di­tional.

Dur­ing the World War I, un­like other na­tions, Kurds were not able to es­tab­lish their own state and re­mained di­vided and con­trolled by three chau­vin­is­tic na­tions and four states. Dur­ing the World War II, the Repub­lic of Ma­habad in the East­ern part of Kur­dis­tan was sac­ri­ficed to the op­pos­ing in­ter­na­tional in­ter­ests of the Soviet Union and the West.

This time, Kur­dis­tan is se­ri­ously tak­ing part in the geopo­lit­i­cal de­vel­op­ments as an ac­tive player. So, if the Kur­dish lead­er­ship could pre­serve the unity of the var­i­ous par­ties, there has never been a bet­ter chance for achiev­ing their his­tor­i­cal goals. That’s why if the Mid­dle East dis­in­te­grates, the Kurds will carry on and will have the de­ter­mi­na­tion to build a civil, demo­cratic, egal­i­tar­ian and an in­clu­sive so­ci­ety.

The West and the US are not alike in their stance and pol­icy to­wards the Kurds as one na­tion hav­ing one goal. While Turkey is close to the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, but it turned a blind eye on ISIS’s at­tacks on Kur­dis­tan. Now, it’s head­ing to­wards an in­ter­nal cri­sis as a re­sult of its stance over Kobane. We should bear in mind that re­gional coun­tries are at­tempt­ing to deepen and ag­gra­vate the cur­rent cri­sis. The Kurds in the West (Syria) and North (Turkey) are neigh­bors ge­o­graph­i­cally and have blood bands to­gether. They are all be­long­ing to the same eth­nic group with deep sym­pa­thy to­wards the PKK. This could move the crises in Western Kur­dis­tan across faster and more ef­fec­tive inside Turkey, as we can see the demon­stra­tions that erupted in some ci­ties of Turkey and North­ern Kur­dis­tan dur­ing which over 35 peo­ple have been killed. There are fears that the old con­flict be­tween Kurds and the racist state of Turkey may erupt again. What’s more im­por­tant if the sit­u­a­tion gets out of con­trol? The Kur­dis­tan Re­gion which is now fac­ing crit­i­cism over its diplo­matic and eco­nomic ties with Er­do­gan, could not help Turkey in deal­ing with its crises and end­ing them. This could hold the US and the EU re­spon­si­ble as well.

The US is back with its mil­i­tary force into the Mid­dle East crises. So far, Haidar AlAbadi’s gov­ern­ment doesn’t seem to have the abil­ity to solve the prob­lems that Al-Ma­liki cre­ated. So what if the US can­not end the sec­tar­ian di­vi­sion in Iraq and the Mid­dle East? And there are some pow­er­ful re­gional states urg­ing this di­vi­sion with all ide­o­log­i­cal, po­lit­i­cal and fi­nan­cial means pos­si­ble. So, the eas­i­est and fastest way out, which will cer­tainly causes tur­moil by it­self, is re­draw­ing the ge­og­ra­phy and the map of the area.

In this case, Kur­dis­tan will def­i­nitely fa­vor such so­lu­tion. The South­ern Kur­dis­tan has shown its ca­pa­bil­ity to gov­ern in ac­cor­dance with ev­ery in­ter­na­tional con­ven­tions and stan­dards. Ro­java (Western Kur­dis­tan) is on the verge of de­ci­sive changes. It also needs to prove that the au­thor­i­ties there be­lieve in democ­racy and the hu­man rights. It needs a demo­cratic, ef­fec­tive and mod­er­ate power that can tol­er­ate other par­ties, in­clud­ing its op­po­nents. The cur­rent Kur­dish po­lit­i­cal par­ties are con­sid­ered the most suit­able to gov­ern the new post-war in­de­pen­dent Kur­dis­tan. Fi­nally, the na­tional and the po­lit­i­cal unity, tol­er­ance, diplo­macy and un­der­stand­ing the equa­tions are as im­por­tant as fight­ing the ISIS and show­ing the spirit of re­sis­tance. The cre­ation of the great in­de­pen­dent Kur­dis­tan will cer­tainly solve much of the cen­tury-old con­flicts in the Mid­dle East.

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