A bank­rupt state! Could it be a cra­dle of co­ex­is­tence?

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Gazi Has­san

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.

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