The Middle East is falling apart and the Kurds carry on
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.