Awaiting consensus or escaping crisis?
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.