Await­ing con­sen­sus or es­cap­ing cri­sis?

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Saro Qadir

Kur­dis­tan Re­gion has turned its back on all threats, and its lead­ers are busi­ness with one prob­lem, the end of which is noth­ing! ISIS is only a few kilo­me­ters away from our ma­jor cities; neigh­bor­ing coun­tries have got in­volved in the prob­lems (if not the cause of the prob­lems them­selves!), eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion is get­ting worse (lead­ers of the par­ties pray it would get even worse). The jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for this cri­sis is im­ple­ment­ing democ­racy in a coun­try that nei­ther has a state nor sovereignty, to cre­ate a demo­cratic sys­tem for the po­lit­i­cal sys­tem. In Kur­dis­tan, power tran­si­tion is not a pri­or­ity now, as we feel the breath of our en­e­mies. Ad­di­tion­ally the lead­ers of those pro-power tran­si­tion par­ties are not only un­re­al­is­tic, but also a few steps away and dif­fer­ent from this goal in prac­tice and belief. History and ex­pe­ri­ence do not still ver­ify their belief in democ­racy. Hence, the prob­lem is about another wish. This wish is re­mov­ing and col­laps­ing Barzani.

Our coun­try, as a land, is in the hands of Kur­dis­ta­nis for one year now, but still not in­de­pen­dent and self-de­ter­mined. We would col­lapse in any de­te­ri­o­ra­tion of po­lit­i­cal or mil­i­tary bal­ance. Kur­dis­tan in­vad­ing coun­tries are around us, and they don’t want any sys­tem and pow­er­ful au­thor­ity to ex­ist in Kur­dis­tan. That is why they have made their “friendly” par­ties to raise the slo­gan of “It doesn’t mat­ter, let’s not have a pres­i­dent.” Un­like those, Barzani and his al­lies know that Kurds are in a his­tor­i­cal com­pe­ti­tion against time and events. If we miss the in­de­pen­dence right, we will stay oc­cu­pied through­out the 21st Cen­tury.

Kurds are un­der the bur­den of their his­tor­i­cal mis­sion. Now Barzani needs to be backed till we pass this stage, oth­er­wise the is­sue is not the pres­i­den­tial post. I be­lieve that if the post was the ob­jec­tive, Barzani knows that af­ter his time ex­pires he needs to leave and as­sign some­one else from his party, (and he would do that.)

With this un­der­stand­ing from Barzani’s in­ten­tion, it is clear that by stay­ing in his post as a pres­i­dent, there is no such threat as dic­ta­tor­ship. Af­ter in­de­pen­dence, it is the power, Salafism, and ex­trem­ism of re­li­gion and the ide­ol­ogy of ab­sur­dity, that could, as a threat, be an ob­sta­cle on the way of civ­i­liza­tion and democ­racy; some­thing which will be ad­dressed then.

Na­tional con­sen­sus is above all other in­ter­ests, as we are fac­ing a threat that de­stroys black and white to­gether. We have an op­por­tu­nity that if we are not care­ful, all of us would miss. This is the se­cret about our unity. Kur­dis­tan gov­ern­ment should be strength­ened fur­ther, and should be asked to con­cen­trate its pow­ers, pro­tect the na­tional wealth, so that our na­tion is pro­tected against the threats at our doorstep. In cor­rup­tion and fight­ing mod­ern in­sti­tu­tions, all par­ties are in­volved; no one is bet­ter than the other. They only dif­fer in the level of their pow­ers and author­i­ties.

There­fore, rais­ing this slo­gan (cor­rup­tion) as the main one, is mis­lead­ing the na­tion and de­stroy­ing one’s own home. The civil world wants revo­lu­tion and home pro­tec­tion from the Kurds, they don’t ask for a pure democ­racy. Of course this state­ment is not to de­fend cor­rup­tion and lack of in­sti­tu­tions. Like the Kur­dish say­ing “When the herd is taken as a whole, you can’t look for your red cow.”

Hence I be­lieve that Pres­i­dent Barzani needs to think of a strong and quick exit of our coun­try from this cri­sis. Take ad­vice from Kur­dis­tan’s le­gal ex­perts (there are not many of them) and set­tles the sit­u­a­tion. This set­tle­ment should be in the in­ter­est of in­de­pen­dence and pro­tect­ing peo­ple’s lives and land. This is the pri­or­ity, not wast­ing and killing time. Na­tion should not reach a point when no one rec­og­nizes the other. Pres­i­dent should do what he is ex­pected to. For free­dom na­tions need a leader to unify their wills, not a time-wast­ing cen­ter of ab­sur­dity, which wastes the des­tiny.

Ma­jor­ity and mi­nor­ity has be­come a dan­ger­ous game in which the will of the for­eign en­emy moves the in­ter­nal hands. In­side and out­side the Par­lia­ment, peo­ple talk against Kur­dis­tan’s al­lies, es­pe­cially the U.S., UK. and the United Na­tions; while Iran’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive en­ters the Par­lia­ment Hall and they make him the ob­server for set­tling the is­sue of let­ting Kur­dis­tan have no pres­i­dent! The game has be­come dis­gust­ing.

There­fore, if par­ties’ lead­ers, do not act im­me­di­ately in the in­ter­est of unity and the des­tiny of the na­tion and home­land, let the Pres­i­dent go back to the history of the Kur­dish strug­gle, his own charisma and the goal of na­tion’s in­de­pen­dence; since no other hope for free­dom would be seen.

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