Deadly Er­bil bomb­ing a re­minder for the Kurds of the pains of re­main­ing in Iraq

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

Since the over­throw of Sad­dam Hus­sein, Iraq has ex­pe­ri­enced noth­ing but sec­tar­ian may­hem, in­sta­bil­ity and a down­ward spi­ral.

While Kur­dis­tan has pros­pered un­der se­cu­rity, eco­nomic growth, new in­fra­struc­ture and strate­gic ties, Kurds need no re­minder that they are still a part of Iraq and with all the reper­cus­sions and per­ils that this brings.

On Fri­day, the Is­lamic State (IS) man­aged to in­fil­trate Er­bil where a sui­cide bomb­ing took place near the US Con­sulate in the pre­dom­i­nantly Chris­tian dis­trict of Ainkawa.

Three were trag­i­cally killed with 5 wounded send­ing a stark re­minder across Kur­dis­tan that while IS re­mains on their doorstep, Iraq fails to heal its ever grow­ing sec­tar­ian wounds and they re­main un­der the rapidly de­te­ri­o­rat­ing Iraqi state, Kurds can never rest at ease or take their sta­tus as the “other Iraq” for granted.

The Kurds have been em­broiled in a deadly war again IS, a war that they never asked for and long warned about as the Syr­ian civil war was left unchecked and as sec­tar­ian an­i­mos­ity was stoked by suc­ces­sive poli­cies of Bagh­dad.

One may be shocked when such acts of ter­ror are com­mit­ted, but in the an­ar­chy that has en­sued since 2003 and es­pe­cially since the rise of IS in Iraq, the Kur­dish se­cu­rity forces must re­ceive great credit that such at­tacks have been kept to a min­i­mum.

Not only does Kur­dis­tan share bor­ders with the most volatile re­gions of Iraq, it has also car­ried the bur­den of thou­sands of refugees that have streamed across its bor­ders. Kur­dis­tan has done a tremen­dous hu­man­i­tar­ian job which of­ten is forgotten while know­ing that with ev­ery stream of peo­ple there is al­ways a risk to the re­gion.

If the US needed a wakeup call to pro­vide greater sup­port to their Kur­dish al­lies, then they need to look no fur­ther than the car­nage a stone throw from the gates of their con­sulate.

Their se­cu­rity and re­gional in­ter­ests are at stake and al­lies such as Kur­dis­tan must be pro­tected. Kur­dis­tan is re­mark­ably home to a num­ber of re­li­gions and eth­nic­i­ties. The Chris­tian that have in­hab­ited th­ese lands for hun­dreds of years are some of the old­est Chris­tian pop­u­la­tions with some that still speak Ara­maic, the lan­guage of Je­sus.

IS has com­mit­ted atroc­i­ties against Chris­tians, Yezidis and other groups, with their acts de­signed to stoke mass fear and panic.

The West must sup­port and pro­mote Kur­dis­tan as the bas­tion of the very ideals in the Mid­dle East they have des­per­ately tried to pro­mote, a multi eth­nic and multi re­li­gious so- ci­ety living in se­cu­rity, free­dom and har­mony.

This is not a lo­cal or re­gional fight but a global strug­gle. Kurds find them­selves at the cen­ter stage of this battle, and most be sup­ported and armed in their fight.

The con­tin­ued sen­si­tiv­ity to Iraq’s sovereignty in Wash­ing­ton and be­yond is be­com­ing out­dated and delu­sion­ary. The West­ern tip­toe­ing around Bagh­dad while Kurds make im­mense sac­ri­fices to pro­tect their di­verse so­cial land­scape and the se­cu­rity of their peo­ple is send­ing the wrong mes­sage to the Kurds.

The Kurds never asked to be a part of Iraq and never asked for the an­ar­chy and blood­shed on their doorsteps. Why should they suf­fer to­day for the West­ern wrongs that cre­ated the recipe of the cur­rent strife in the first place?

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