Uni­fy­ing Pesh­merga Forces is a Strate­gic Strat­egy!

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Gazi Has­san

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.

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