US-Kurdish Friendship from Marginalization to Power and Permanence
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.