Is the war help­ing the Kur­dish econ­omy?

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Swara Kadir

In usual sce­nar­ios, war in any coun­try neg­a­tively af­fects its econ­omy, but is that the case with Kur­dis­tan?

As the pow­er­ful na­tions of the world gather in unity to bat­tle against the Is­lamic State (I.S) ter­ror­ist Sunni group, the search for pow­er­ful al­lies in the Mid­dle East­ern re­gion con­tin­ues. Who could aid in the fight against I.S? It seems heads are turn­ing to­wards the Kurds as a trust­wor­thy ally. Now that global at­ten­tion is turn­ing to­wards the Kurds, sup­plies and weapons are com­ing into the Kur­dis­tan re­gion and the Kur­dish fight­ers are aided by al­lied air bom­bard­ment. Step one to­wards po­lit­i­cal in­de­pen­dence; a pow­er­ful mil­i­tary force!

In the long term, this is go­ing to bol­ster the Kur­dish econ­omy, as it re­ceives more aid and mil­i­tary support; its po­lit­i­cal eco­nomic po­si­tion in the re­gion is go­ing to be stronger. The con­tin­u­a­tion of the support may lead to­wards the ful­fill­ment of the as­pi­ra­tions of the Kurds for a Kur­dish state. The geopo­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion seems to fa­vor such a po­lit­i­cal en­tity, de­spite the con­ster­na­tion of Turkey and Iran.

The eco­nomic ef­fects are go­ing to be con­sid­er­able, oil will be sold freely by this Kur­dish state with­out the hin­drances im­posed by the Iraqi gov­ern­ment, and the West will be more than happy to aid the eco­nomic growth of Kur­dis­tan, as it will gain a dou­ble in­ter­est. A bul­wark against Sunni ter­ror­ists and an oil rich re­gion that wel­comes its oil com­pa­nies like Exxon Mo­bil and Chevron to list only a few.

When I met with a se­nior Bri­tish of­fi­cial back in 2003 while I was still in London he was very op­ti­mistic about the chances of the Kurds in the mid­dle east and he kept say­ing to me, “the Kurds are go­ing to be the kings in the re­gion.” When I come to think of it now his words were prophetic of the rise of the Kur­dish state backed by a West that needs an ally to fight against I.S!

The war against I.S maybe the cat­a­lyst that is go­ing to help Kur­dis­tan ful­fill its po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic po­ten­tial!

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