What kind of Bagh­dad do we need?

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Gazi Has­san

The mat­ter isn’t about Kurds when talk­ing about the kind of Bagh­dad that’s needed. The world needs a Bagh­dad that is trusted by all, a one where there is democ­racy and open­ness, not dic­ta­tor­ship and self-im­pos­ing lead­er­ship. So can the Bagh­dad we see now be a new im­age of a new era? This ques­tion is of course prob­lem­atic. Be­cause be­fore any­thing else, Bagh­dad has been rul­ing in pools of blood for thou­sands of years, and power has been held by swords, so how can we all of a sud­den see a demo­cratic, se­cure and peace­ful Bagh­dad not tak­ing into ac­count the his­tor­i­cal back­ground.

If we put our­selves in an or­di­nary and tra­di­tional Mid­dle East­ern per­son’s shoes, think­ing like them, we would ex­actly need Bagh­dad no mat­ter what kind of it. It was just yes­ter­day when Ho­lako ruled, or Sad­dam Hus­sein was rul­ing with iron hand, or an eth­nic power is rul­ing it now. Thus, nei­ther the lo­cal and in­ter­nal bod­ies should be fooled and in­flu­enced by the de­vel­op­ment in ev­ery ups and downs, nor the in­ter­na­tional bod­ies should be eas­ily-de­ceived and to be­lieve ev­ery­thing, be­cause the Mid­dle East nei­ther con­sid­ers obe­di­ence as sur­ren­der, nor it be­lieves that de­vel­op­ment is a vic­tory to hu­man­ity. The Mid­dle East con­sid­ers de­cep­tion as brav­ery, los­ing as a vic­tory, and their best value to hu­man­ity is their graphic images of be­head­ings, im­pris­on­ing and the bloody killings.

So any coun­try or state, even the US, should iden­tify the qual­ity and iden­tity of the Bagh­dad. Oth­er­wise, we can­not dis­tin­guish be­tween Harun Al-Rasheed, Sad­dam Hus­sein and Nuri Al-Ma­liki. It’s true that ev­ery hu­man is self­ish to the bone, but that doesn’t mean ev­ery self­ish man is ego­cen­tric and uni­lat­eral, as to be a demo­cratic per­son doesn’t mean not to use tanks and war­planes in ex­ter­mi­nat­ing one’s op­po­nents, or a lib­eral man has more than one wife. The Bagh­dad of to­day is ex­actly show­ing the re­al­ity that it nei­ther could give up racism, nor it has de­ter­mi­na­tion not to be sec­tar­ian. Thus, be­fore need­ing any Bagh­dad, we should think of the past hun­dreds of years in his­tory. The US sac­ri­ficed thou­sands of its men and women for free­dom, lib­erty, build­ing a demo­cratic Iraq, but now the Iraqis them­selves are ob­sessed with sec­tar­ian, re­li­gious and ethno-racist wars.

In the East, only faces change, the sys­tem re­mains un­changed and dom­i­nated by eth­nic and re­li­gious groups, and the power of tribes­men. That’s why when the US sends a multi-re­li­gious, mul­ti­eth­nic and opin­ion per­son o Iraq; it doesn’t mean it could change its mud­made lead­ers. To prove that, they bring back the close peo­ple to them from Europe, USA and Canada in or­der to demon­strate that demo­cratic, civil and open peo­ple will be in power, but they soon turn into out­dated Sul­tans from the be­gin­ning of their days in of­fice, they turn into Pharaohs, a tyrant who only God him­self can de­feat.

It’s an es­sen­tial ques­tion; what kind of Bagh­dad do Kurds need? And what kind of Bagh­dad do the US, Bri­tain, France, Ger­man ver­sus Rus­sia, Iran and China need?

We no longer need a Bagh­dad just for the sake of be­ing a ruler over us. We no longer need a Bagh­dad that can­not sus­tain bal­ance, equal­ity and jus­tice. What mes­sage could this Bagh­dad give to hu­man­ity and the in­ter­na­tional so­ci­ety; the Bagh­dad which kills Chris­tians, im­pose sanc­tions on Kurds, re­mains word­less and pow­er­less against ISIS? Thus, the lo­cal or in­ter­na­tional pow­ers and bod­ies should find Bagh­dad a new def­i­ni­tion. Bagh­dad could only be simultaneously beau­ti­ful and pow­er­ful when it no longer brings up any dic­ta­tor, tyrant and un­wise peo­ple to power. It should bring up peo­ple that live up and think with the era and make right de­ci­sions. Kurds only need Bagh­dad to have a real po­si­tion of democ­racy, co­ex­is­tence and open­ness. As my il­lit­er­ate mother said: Son! There’s more to say. It means the dele­tion of the Iraqi cap­i­tal. Bagh­dad has come to ex­is­tence this way and will re­main this way. It is bet­ter for those who want to change Bagh­dad to change them­selves and adapt to the life and the think­ing in Bagh­dad. Is this the way out? Of course not, it’s a de facto, and pol­i­tics lives with de facto.

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