Is the Coalition Really Not in Need of the Kurds?
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.