Kur­dis­tan is al­ready di­vided by im­pe­rial pow­ers, Kurds must not add to it

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Bash­dar Pusho Is­maeel

Then there is the Kur­dish in­fight­ing within each re­gion that has cost hun­dreds of lives and served noth­ing but the same foes that the Kurds have des­per­ately re­sisted.

The on­set of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion af­forded not only a new flour­ish­ing and in­ter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized re­gion, it also helped to serve as a base for the Kur­dish re­nais­sance across the re­gion.

The 1990’s saw var­i­ous in­tra-Kur­dish bat­tles, but the post-2003 era saw an in­creas­ing sense of co­he­sion and unity. For ex­am­ple, on sev­eral oc­ca­sions the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment (KRG) re­fused to bow to pres­sure from Ankara to oust the Kur­dis­tan Work­ers’ Party (PKK) for fear of spilling Kur­dish blood or ini­ti­at­ing a new dark chap­ter of in­tra-Kur­dish strife.

The sense of a greater na­tion­al­ist strug­gle has in­creased with the on­set of the Is­lamic State (IS) with bat­tles pitched across Kur­dish ar­eas in Syria and Iraq. The battle against a com­mon en­emy saw Kur­dish forces serve the same goal. The YPG, PKK and KRG forces com­bined at sev­eral in­ter­vals to pro­tect Kur­dish com­mu­ni­ties.

The most sym­bolic demon­stra­tion was the suc­cess­ful de­fense of Kobane against the odds as it was un­der siege by IS forces for many months. Pesh­merga forces from Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, trav­elled through Kur­dish lands in Turkey to de­fend Ro­java along­side the al­ready heav­ily present PKK forces.

Fast for­ward to May 2015 and the sig­nif­i­cance of the re­cent un­for­tu­nate bat­tles be­tween the PKK and the Kur­dis­tan Demo­cratic Party of Iran (KDPI) be­comes even clearer.

Both sides have dif­fer­ent ac­count of events with one side point­ing the fin­ger at the other. But blame is ir­rel­e­vant – who­ever was re­spon­si­ble for the deadly clashes the end out­come is the same. It harms Kur­dish unity and rep­u­ta­tion and un­like a cou­ple of decades ago, even a sin­gle shot in the midst of se­cluded moun­tains can quickly ring across in­ter­na­tional medi­ums due to the new tech­no­log­i­cal era. Both PKK and KDPI forces are holed up in the strate­gic Turkey, Iran and Kur­dis­tan Re­gion bor­der tri­an­gle.

In a state­ment, Kur­dis­tan Pres­i­dent Mas­soud Barzani la­belled the re­cent clashes as “sui­ci­dal” and warned that no Kur­dish party can ben­e­fit from the shed­ding of blood of other Kurds. Barzani added, “Ev­ery Kur­dish party must ful­fil its na­tional re­spon­si­bil­ity and avoid any ac­tion which could dam­age the rep­u­ta­tion of Kurds.”

The KRG par­lia­ment state­ment also warned the PKK\KDPI forces, “This kind of in­ci­dent is a flash­back to the dark­est pages of Kur­dis­tan’s his­tory and the Kur­dish na­tion will not ac­cept the re­cur­rence of such events.”

A KRG del­e­ga­tion is ex­pected to visit the area for talks be­tween both par­ties con­cerned.

Kur­dish forces find them­selves as key ally to the broad anti-IS coali­tion. Whilst pre­vi­ously the fight was for mi­nor­ity rights, the Kurds must con­tinue to work to­gether to main­tain their strate­gic im­por­tance at this crit­i­cal junc­ture for Kur­dish na­tion­al­ism.

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