Is the Coali­tion Re­ally Not in Need of the Kurds?

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Gazi Has­san

In pol­i­tics ques­tions might not be posed this way, but the only force con­fronting the ISIS on the ground is the Kur­dish forces. It’s true that Bagh­dad Gov­ern­ment has lost many ad­min­is­tra­tive and ge­o­graph­i­cal ter­ri­to­ries in ad­di­tion to its strate­gic po­si­tion. How­ever, af­ter the ad­vances and vic­to­ries of Pesh­merge, the Iraqi army, whether as a mat­ter of shoul­der­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity or try­ing to em­u­late the Pesh­merge, started their fruit­ful re­sis­tance against ISIS. But still, it’s only the Pesh­merge who wage the strate­gic war against ISIS that will lead to the ide­o­log­i­cal, mil­i­tary and even the fi­nan­cial de­feat of the ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Lon­don Meet­ing was held with the ex­clu­sion of Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Gov­ern­ment. In a state­ment, the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Pres­i­dent crit­i­cized the dis­re­gard of Kurds by the or­ga­niz­ers of the meet­ing. Dana Rohrabacher, the US con­gress­man crit­i­cized the USA in an ar­ti­cle in For­eign Pol­icy and says: “The US State Depart­ment should have in­vited Kurds as a duty, be­cause Kurds play the ma­jor role in the sta­bil­ity of the re­gion.” He de­scribes this as a weak point of the State Depart­ment’s diplo­macy.

Our ques­tion is: does the coali­tion re­ally no longer need the Kurds? Or strik­ing ISIS has reached the fi­nal phases that the Iraqi army can do it alone and take the con­trol of Mo­sul, and re­take the An­bar prov­ince? Or do the par­tic­i­pants of the con­fer­ence want to re­strict the power and po­si­tion of the Kurds? Or as they say, they want to sup­port Al-Ab­badi and build a strong Bagh­dad again? There are a cou­ple of ques­tions. Some peo­ple may want to say this is the fault of the Kurds them­selves and that the Kur­dish author­ity hasn’t re­ally stud­ied the de­vel­op­ments, con­se­quences and the out­comes well. Or the Kurds have not yet un­der­stood the na­ture of friend­ship with the coali­tion and es­pe­cially with the US. Some or­di­nary peo­ple say it’s a mis­take that Kurds are putting all their eggs in the US bas­ket. Be­cause the US, as al­ways, is af­ter its own in­ter­ests. Some oth­ers say this is an in­di­ca­tion that the US does not heartily sup­port the Kur­dish am­bi­tions to get in­de­pen­dence and self-de­ter­mi­na­tion.

We should bear in mind that Kurds have sac­ri­ficed a lot. They are not fight­ing for noth­ing. They want to achieve some ma­jor goals:

Firstly, lib­er­at­ing the Kur­dish oc­cu­pied ter­ri­to­ries from the ISIS.

Se­condly, re­tak­ing the Kur­dis­tani ar­eas that are still un­der the con­trol of Bagh­dad Gov­ern­ment.

Thirdly, Kur­dis­tan has be­come a safe haven for over a mil­lion and a half of refugees and dis­placed peo­ple in Iraq and Syria. It’s true that this has over­loaded the ca­pac­ity of the KRG, but the trust, and po­lit­i­cal, fi­nan­cial and mil­i­tary sup­port from Europe, the US, Canada, Australia and some Arab coun­tries have in­creased re­cently. Kur­dis­tan wants to re­main as a se­cured place for the dis­placed.

So the po­lit­i­cal re­al­ity that has come up in Kur­dis­tan does not please Bagh­dad; it will not re­as­sure some of the re­gional coun­tries that things will re­main the same; and will def­i­nitely does not dis­cour­age the US and the coali­tions to even fur­ther sup­port the Kurds. No one should doubt the fact that the Kurds are still the only force who can de­feat ISIS, lib­er­ate Mo­sul and other oc­cu­pied ar­eas. Pesh­marga have been the only force to de­fend hu­man rights and elim­i­nate ter­ror. That is why the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion should not feel dis­ap­pointed be­cause of its ex­clu­sion from a meet­ing. But con­tinue as it has done un­til now, that is fight­ing for its moral stan­dards and high hu­man val­ues for the sake of the KURDS and hu­man­ity as well.

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