Is Mov­ing Back­ward Of­fer­ing Any So­lu­tion?

The Kurdish Globe - - News - By Gazi Has­san

The Mid­dle East is pass­ing through ma­jor shifts, the map of the area is re­drawn again, newer gov­ern­ments are ap­pear­ing, and the po­lit­i­cal Is­lamism is dis­carded and de­graded. Some peo­ple re­gard the break­down of po­lit­i­cal Is­lamism as a threat to Is­lam, which is pos­si­bly aim­ing at mak­ing shifts in the in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal con­flicts and hid­ing their fail­ure in the na­tional and demo­cratic agen­das. Just as the for­mer Soviet Union and the Marx­ist ide­ol­ogy faced cri­sis to the level of break­ing down, the po­lit­i­cal wing of Is­lamists will break down in the Mid­dle East too be­cause it has re­turned to rad­i­cal­ism and the reign of blood. The area should head to­wards new ide­ol­ogy and prin­ci­ple that are suit­able with the de­vel­op­ment of the global sys­tem.

What is hap­pen­ing in Kur­dis­tan Re­gion is partly the re­flec­tion of the new cir­cum­stances in the world and the area. Part of it is re­lated to the cor­re­la­tion with the out­dated and tra­di­tional so­lu­tion of the in­ter­nal is­sues. I mean to say that Kur­dis­tan Re­gion should strengthen and el­e­vate its re­gional and global role and po­si­tion. This needs a strong lead­er­ship of Kur­dis­tan and a mod­ern, armed force of Pesh­merge equipped and trained with new mil­i­tary tech­niques. It’s this ten­dency that should be al­lied to the anti-terror Amer­ica and Europe. Cur­rently, the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Pres­i­dent is work­ing to wipes out the his­tor­i­cal tyran­nies against the Kurds, and makes sure that Kurds are no longer stay out of the in­ter­na­tional pol­i­tics, for which huge and sig­nif­i­cant steps have been taken and the con­se­quences may show up soon.

The in­ter­nal front is ob­sessed with a type of back­ward mov­ing to the tra­di­tional pol­i­tics and po­lit­i­cal in­ter­ests. A tough front is formed by (Gor­ran, PUK, Is­lamic Group and Is­lamic Union). These par­ties in­tend to oust Barzani who leads the first front. By do­ing so, they’ve achieved two goals: weak­en­ing the role of and po­lit­i­cal and his­tor­i­cal po­si­tion of Barzani in the po­lit­i­cal process which may have a long stand­ing back­ground for some, through do­ing this they want to strengthen their po­lit­i­cal po­si­tion, even tem­po­rar­ily. The sec­ond goal is to limit the power of Ma­soud Barzani and the KDP. This will be bal­anced with Bagh­dad’s poli­cies and some re­gional coun­tries that are aim­ing at mak­ing the idea of an in­de­pen­dent Kur­dish state seem as just a dream.

So mov­ing back­wards for solv­ing the in­ter­nal prob­lems may tem­po­rar­ily be man­aged, but af­ter June 23 the mat­ters changed. The role and vote of one sin­gle seat of the par­lia­ment is taken into ac­count now, not the power and large num­ber of seats. So at this time, the na­tional con­sen­sus is so im­por­tant, and re­spect­ing the democ­racy, var­i­ous eth­nic­i­ties, and re­li­gious and po­lit­i­cal com­po­nents have much greater role than num­ber of seats and power. Thus, those who want to ter­mi­nate the game with the num­ber of seats and big pow­ers, other par­ties with small pow­ers and num­ber of seats can start a new po­lit­i­cal phase at the same time too.

At this stage, po­lit­i­cal vi­o­lence should never be thought of. The four par­ties, as they posed threats to democ­racy and ma­jor­ity of the par­lia­ment, should not pose any threat to once again di­vide Kur­dis­tan into two ad­min­is­tra­tions. It’s not good to hide some po­lit­i­cal fail­ures with the sup­port of po­lit­i­cal Is­lamism, be­cause this is a step back­ward, not for­ward.

At this stage, Kur­dis­tan Re­gion needs a demo­cratic so­lu­tion of the in­ter­nal prob­lems to im­prove its in­ter­na­tional front in fa­vor of strength­en­ing its re­la­tions with other coun­tries and pro­tect­ing the Re­gion against any pos­si­ble re­gional threat and ter­ror­ism as well. In that case, Kurds will move into a new strat­egy in the Mid­dle East. It’s true that democ­racy and im­prov­ing the prin­ci­ples of a mod­ern gov­ern­ment with strong se­cu­rity will be­come foun­da­tions of iden­tity of Kur­dis­tan within the new strat­egy in the area, but lack of a strong and united de­ter­mi­na­tion and ab­sence of a strong and far-sighted lead­er­ship ag­gra­vates the con­di­tion to find ra­tio­nal so­lu­tions.

Kur­dis­tan Re­gion no longer can think of re­turn­ing to the dream of the un-trusted friendly co­ex­is­tence with Bagh­dad. It can’t take back the dream of (fifty-fifty) among the five par­ties. It also can’t di­vide the power and will in or­der to be left with­out soul. It can’t also de­velop a pow­er­ful in­ter­na­tional po­si­tion in the ab­sence of a strong in­ter­nal will. Kur­dis­tan now needs a new bal­ance, a new po­lit­i­cal equa­tion and a strong and de­ter­mined lead­er­ship.

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