A bankrupt state! Could it be a cradle of coexistence?
Up until now, due to some political, economical and geopolitical reasons, in addition to some national factors related to the psychology of being under the dominance of the central government, regional pressure and local political rivalries Kurdistan hasn’t been able to make the decision of breaking away from Baghdad for good.
In the latest visit of KRG’s delegation to Baghdad, the Prime Minister said that the issue of salaries is not solved. Baghdad is bankrupt and cannot send us our share of the budget. This is in fact awful news for the employees, who have been living with low incomes. All the anticipation and interpretations indicate that, despite the resistance of Peshmerge in fighting against ISIS, people of Kurdistan also was able to resist against Al-Maliki Government’s attacks and the extension of the same policy of cutting salaries of employees, police and Peshmerge members. After Al-Abbadi took power, the threats and pressures against Kurdistan have intensified further.
The main question is this: how much Kurdistan will trust Baghdad in order to remain voluntarily within the federal system? While Baghdad doesn’t intend to send the Region’s budget of employees, and cannot send troops to support Peshmerge in the fight against ISIS occupiers. It does not help the refugees and displaced people. Above all, hundreds of thousands of Sunnis, Christians, Ezidies, Kakayi and Sabias in the areas controlled by Baghdad fled the sectarian, religious and political terror and are now living in the areas under the control of KRG and have been provided with economic and humanitarian aid and security.
When we make a comparison between the authority in Erbil and Baghdad, we see that in addition to all the shortcomings of KRG, Kurdistan has made considerable progress in the past years. The political, economic, cultural and diplomatic progress in Kurdistan Region does not make Baghdad happy, because they think it’s not possible for a region inside a country to get more attention, militarily and diplomatically than the centre, as it happened when it comes to the fight against IS.
People of Kurdistan are thinking why KRG would go to Baghdad again while Baghdad avoids implementing the agreements and plays with time. It has also been stated that it has gone bankrupt and has no money left. So why should Kurdistan Region rush towards Baghdad, what for? Some say that the Region’s delegation returned to Kurdistan empty handed. Some wanted to comment on the situation through drawing caricatures. But in fact, the bankruptcy of Baghdad will push the Region in many aspects to find alternative to secure monetary sources, salaries of people. Or should it surrender, and leave the war fronts for IS and raise the white flag for Baghdad? What is more serious is that Baghdad has not thought what catastrophes would the weakness, and withdrawal of Kurds bring on Iraq.
May be, Baghdad has decided to break away from Kurdistan for good itself. Up to the moment, Kurds have been accused of not harmonizing with the policy and strategy of Baghdad, but Baghdad itself is now committing the blunder. They’ve also forgotten that Baghdad is passing through the worst of its times.
Kurdistan Region should consider alternatives. I think it has already crossed the tough processes of negotiations and conflict resolution with Baghdad. It is not the end of the game yet, but it was a crucial round. The only alternative for Kurds is the tough decision of independence which many parties believe would be a suicide. But, we have witnessed, people of Kurdistan have already passed the suicidal stage practically. The time for the hard decisions regarding creating our own destiny has already begun.