US-Kur­dish Friend­ship from Marginal­iza­tion to Power and Per­ma­nence

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Gazi Has­san

In the midst of the six­ties, the US-Kur­dish re­la­tion was about a marginal­ized re­la­tion within the frame­work of search­ing and meet­ing at the low­est lev­els. But af­ter 1991 up­ris­ing in South­ern Kur­dis­tan, and pro­vid­ing a safe haven for peo­ple against any prob­a­ble mil­i­tary attack of Baath Regime of Sad­dam Hus­sein, the diplo­matic re­la­tions stepped into a new and more of­fi­cial phase.

Af­ter the lib­er­a­tion process of Iraq in 2003 and top­pling the Baath regime and reestab­lish­ing a new Iraq based on fed­er­al­ism, the US-Kur­dish re­la­tions reached a high level. Since then, the elected Pres­i­dent of Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, Mas­soud Barzani, has been re­ceived of­fi­cially as a rec­og­nized pres­i­dent in the White House by both Ge­orge W. Bush and Barack Obama. That means a lot for the Kurds po­lit­i­cally and diplo­mat­i­cally.

Pres­i­dent Mas­soud Barzani’s re­cent visit to The White House and meet­ing with US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama, his vice-Pres­i­dent Baiden, of­fi­cials at the State Depart­ment and giv­ing a speech at the House of Com­merce proves that the time of a marginal­ized re­la­tion is over. Kur­dis­tan has now been en­listed in the US po­lit­i­cal agen­das. What’s more im­por­tant is the de­ci­sion the Congress took ear­lier this month that in­sists on pro­vid­ing Pesh­merge and the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion with arms di­rectly in case Bagh­dad does not meet its com­mit­ment to send­ing arms to them in time.

Those who live in Iraq clearly know that Bagh­dad’s gov­ern­ment, no mat­ter which party or group it rep­re­sents, is not ready to help Pesh­merge with arms and mil­i­tary aid. So, the US could mil­i­tar­ily sup­port Kur­dis­tan and Sun­nis in ac­cor­dance to the de­ci­sion of the Congress. This de­ci­sion is de­scribed by Shi­ias as es­tab­lish­ing Kur­dish and Sunni states.

The US-Kur­dish re­la­tion is at a high and con­sis­tent level presently. Those who live in Kur­dis­tan un­der­stand the fact that even if they have con­cerns over the at­ti­tude and shifts in the US for­eign pol­icy, still the ten­den­cies and changes in the Mid­dle East and the rul­ing sys­tem in Bagh­dad are big mo­ti­va­tions to fur­ther de­velop the bi­lat­eral re­la­tions be­tween USA and Kur­dis­tan. As Joe Bi­den, US Vice Pres­i­dent said, “The US will con­tinue its sup­port to Kur­dis­tan Re­gion.” T Amer­i­can of­fi­cials are hon­estly say­ing that they’re as­ton­ished by Pesh­merge’s brav­ery and that the Kur­dish friend­ship is an honor. This means we can wit­ness a new prin­ci­ple in a new era and a more pos­i­tive devel­op­ment in the Mid­dle East as a re­sult of the more ro­bust re­la­tions be­tween us and USA.

What’s more im­por­tant is that nei­ther Kurds have more trusted and pow­er­ful friend than the US, and nor the US has a more trusted, pow­er­ful and true friend like the Kurds. So it’s ex­pected that af­ter the fresh storms in the Mid­dle East, the US-Kur­dish re­la­tions will be strength­ened even fur­ther.

If some par­ties and coun­tries had author­ity, though, they would pun­ish the Kurds be­cause of their good re­la­tions with the US. That mo­ment would be the cru­cial day for the re­al­ity and com­mit­ment to this agree­ment be­tween the two coun­tries. But I’m sure that peo­ple of Kur­dis­tan love and ap­pre­ci­ate near­ness to the USA. In ad­di­tion, the lead­er­ship of Kur­dis­tan is putting great ef­forts into build­ing a trusted and strate­gic re­la­tion with Amer­ica. And the US, for its part, should look at th­ese re­la­tions from the same per­spec­tive.

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