Unifying Peshmerga Forces is a Strategic Strategy!
For a long time the division of Peshmerge forces into groups, parties and political components has been a big issue that has weakened the political situation in Kurdistan. Unifying Peshmerge during the various phases of armed struggles had various goals and concepts; this importance continues to exist in East, West and North of Kurdistan. We see that the society has been facing dire problems due to political disagreements among political parties in Kurdistan, or because of the unilateral tendency or ideological and political selfimposing. This would clearly, as a negative factor, lead to a deteriorating political situation and more division and self-annihilation, then totalitarianism in decisions and settling the important steps.
In the Kurdistan Region, after quarter of a century’s experience of Kurdish self-autonomous rule, four parliamentary elections and eight government cabinets; discussions and works regarding unifying the Peshmerge forces in a united and equal form is still being discussed in media and among the public. The unified Peshmerge should obviously be under the commander and administration of Ministry of Peshmerge. The political parties should agree to hand their forces over to Ministry of Peshmerge for establishing an official unified army of Kurdistan.
The Kurdistan Region President has already stated an official decision few months ago calling upon Ministry of Peshmerge to work towards unifying the Peshmerge and gave the Minister of Peshmerge full power and authority. The decision is crucial, not because the political parties are giving away their armed forces, but because the prerequisite of current stage needs a unified, joint and powerful Peshmerge force, not party-controlled one, so that at least efforts can be made on two levels:
First: to continue the successes and victories in their fight against ISIS.
Second: So that the allied countries such as America, Germany, Britain, Austria, Hungary and Czech can send direct military support to Peshmerge, and if they had to, have a talk with Baghdad prior to that.
It’s important to guarantee the role of other components of Kurdistan in the unified force of Peshmerge such as (Assyrian, Syriac ,Cheldan, Ezidies, Kakayies and Turkmen) to have their share in the military service, because some political parties say that those components should not gain votes within the Peshmerge forces, without even reminding themselves that the Christians, especially from 1961 and on took part in the armed revolution in Kurdistan against the Iraqi governments and played important roles in all aspects.
The Turkmens also have played important role, the Kurdish Ezidies and Kakayies have struggled beside Peshmerge and all of those played roles in KRG institutions.
According to my understanding and view to the developments and political predictions, America, as a friend to Kurds, is interested in an organized Peshmerge in one form within the frame of one law as one army in Kurdistan. So if the political parties didn’t do this, how would they talk about getting ready for making the grounds for the State of Kurdistan? Why should they talk about reforms in another political aspect? Why should they talk about changing the ruling system in Kurdistan Region instead of improving life and military capability of Peshmerge forces and providing new warfare techniques and gaining heavy weaponry and modern training? As I said, the Americans and the European friends understand the role and impact of unifying Peshmerge in a united form much better than some political parties do. Thus, unifying Peshmerge must be a strategic strategy.