Is Moving Backward Offering Any Solution?
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 Part of it is related to the correlation with the outdated and traditional solution of the internal issues.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.