Peshmerge Dissolve Sykes-Picot Borders
After the trilateral agreement between the USA, Turkey and Kurdistan Region, Turkey agreed to let Peshmerge cross its border into Kobane. This is not only breaking the ice of Turkey’s stances over PYD and Kobane, but also breaking up the hundred-year-old border that SykesPicot drew. The arriving of the first group of Peshmerge to Kobane on October 30, 2014 and the warm welcome they received from Kurds in Northern Kurdistan are clear evidence to the logic of the political route of Kurdistan Region for unifying Kurds and bringing them closer. The Syrian government hasn’t even been asked as this armed force crossing its border.
Salih Al-Qalab, an Arab columnist in Al-Sharq Al-Awsat calls on the Arab countries to admit to the reality of Kurds and asks them to contribute in establishing a state for their (friend) nation. Practically, Kurds want to be a positive and friendly force with the neighboring nations. This has always been the Kurds’ view and stance. Even with the current Iraqi government, the Kurdistan Region's political leadership wants to be friendly while declaring the state of Kurdistan independent. The Kurds consider the approval of Baghdad as an important issue. While the Arab states in fact consider taking any step in this direction would mean swallowing poison.
So far, Kurds play the decisive and major role in taking part in striking ISIS. The Kurdistan Region’s political leadership has also been an effective center of redrawing the future of the area, though neither the Arab states nor Iran and Turkey want to agree with the new political reality with a strong Kurdish presence. And of course they cannot accept the existence of a Kurdish state. On the other hand, Massoud Barzani as a national leader of Kurdistan is making efforts to realize this old dream of the Kurdish nation. We should bear in mind that Nuri Al-Maliki desperately asked for help from the US and its allies to support him confronting ISIS in Mosul, but he was ignored. The Palestinians in Gaza could not exploit world’s public opinion in their favor, the Yemenis and Libyans also are in big trouble, but the development in Kurdistan is quite different. The US and the Europeans were convinced to form a new international coalition against ISIS. They consequently provided the political and military support to the Kurdistan Region.
Peshmerge were welcomed warmly in Northern Kurdistan as national heroes. Peshmerge in Kobane is strengthening the national spirit and the political unity of the Kurds. The Kurdish armed forces now have an international support; they are a recognized and well-equipped army. Now, the Kurds are able to dissolve Sykes-Picot borders and enter another country to fight and provide support for their brothers. This is the beginning of great changes in the area. Kurds should take advantage of this rare historic opportunity. The Kurds should be united, conscious and own one policy.