After lib­er­a­tion of Shin­gal !

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Gazi Has­san

The lib­er­a­tion of Shin­gal is not just a mil­i­tary vic­tory, but a big po­lit­i­cal suc­cess both na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally as well. The vic­tory re­as­sures the sta­bi­liza­tion of the psy­cho­log­i­cal and the so­cial state of Kur­dish Ezidi res­i­dents and oth­ers in the area. In the com­plex equa­tion ex­isted in Iraq and the Mid­dle East after the fall of Mo­sul, the po­lit­i­cal and mil­i­tary po­si­tion of Kur­dis­tan Re­gion shifted to a higher level than be­fore. Now, the Euro­pean coun­tries them­selves and the US are mak­ing at­tempts to send mil­i­tary and hu­man­i­tar­ian aid to Pesh­merge and Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, which has given another in­ter­na­tional le­git­i­macy to its po­si­tion as an in­de­pen­dent state. This will en­hance the diplo­matic and po­lit­i­cal relation of the Re­gion with othe na­tions in the fu­ture. Due to some fac­tors, Kurds are not ready to go back to the nar­rower frame of the time be­fore the fall of Mo­sul. The Kurds will never again hand over the Kur­dis­tani ar­eas to the prob­lem­atic gov­ern­ment of Bagh­dad.

After the lib­er­a­tion of Shin­gal, Kur­dis­tan needs to work on some main is­sues such as: re­con­struc­tion of the dev­as­tated ar­eas with the UN aids and donor coun­tries; form­ing an ad­min­is­tra­tion from Ezidi res­i­dents and hold­ing a ref­er­en­dum to re­turn the area to the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion; support the ef­forts to rec­og­nize the crimes of Shin­gal as geno­cide and pro­vid­ing so­cial and psy­cho­log­i­cal aid to the vic­tims of the mas­sacre and those af­fected by the ISIS.

After lib­er­a­tion of Shin­gal, ISIS will prob­a­bly in­tend to con­duct at­tacks and at­tempts to re­or­ga­nize. They could also con­sider other tac­tics and man­ners of ter­ror and as­saults against Kur­dish and Christian cit­i­zens. As Kur­dis­tan Re­gion plays the ma­jor role in de­feat­ing and de­creas­ing the size of this ter­ror­ist or- ga­ni­za­tion, it is ex­pected to be tar­geted by them. So, the in­ter­na­tional coali­tion should keep on help­ing and train­ing and re­in­forc­ing Pesh­merge forces to com­bat th­ese ter­ror­ists. A friendly strat­egy should be adopted: re­draw­ing the Sunni ar­eas so that they do not pose any threat to Kur­dis­tan, es­pe­cially as the Sun­nis also are work­ing to es­tab­lish their own fed­eral re­gion. From this per­spec­tive, the Kur­dis­tani ar­eas out­side Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, most of which have joint bor­der with the Sunni pop­u­lated ar­eas, should not be a source of dis­pute be­tween Kurds and the Sun­nis. The sec­tar­ian con­flict be­tween Shias and Sun­nis doesn’t seem to end be­cause as Sun­nis com­bat ISIS or stand against them their de­mands for their rights be­come higher and stronger. The Shias and some re­gional coun­tries, on the other hand, may con­sider this un­ac­cept­able.

The in­ter­nal po­lit­i­cal com­pe­ti­tion should be dealt with log­i­cally. No ex­ter­nal force should be dragged into the com­pe­ti­tion of get­ting pub­lic opin­ion, or it shouldn’t be the means to a po­lit­i­cal achieve­ment. We should bear in mind that Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Pres­i­dent has be­come a strong na­tional charis­matic ac­tor and has be­come a trusted man be­tween Kur­dis­tan and the West. I should say Kur­dis­tan, be­cause he rep­re­sents the Kur­dish ques­tion on the in­ter­na­tional arena. He rep­re­sents all par­ties, groups, eth­nic and re­li­gious com­po­nents across Kur­dis­tan. So now, if the po­lit­i­cal par­ties drew their po­lit­i­cal con­clu­sions based on this re­al­ity, the higher equa­tion could be more bal­anced and ef­fec­tive. The in­ter­nal com­pe­ti­tion can­not be the mea­sure­ment for the strat­egy after the lib­er­a­tion of Shin­gal, but rather jus­tice, the demo­cratic prin­ci­ples, the rights of cit­i­zens and their de­ter­mi­na­tion would de­cide which way to go.

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