It is Time for the Kurds to Act More Re­spon­si­bly

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Gazi Has­san

The de­vel­op­ment in Syria can be seen as a start and ig­ni­tion of cat­a­strophic sparks in the Mid­dle East. This time, new bal­ance of power and war fronts seem to ap­pear es­pe­cially as Rus­sia, re­gard­less of the agree­ments with the U.S and its al­lies, has launched mil­i­tary oper­a­tions and started send­ing troops into the coun­try.

From the be­gin­ning of the Syr­ian cri­sis, the U.S Pres­i­dent Barack Obama ex­cluded us­ing power to oust Bashar As­sad; in­stead he pre­ferred a diplo­matic so­lu­tion and a peace­ful tran­si­tion of power. But the mil­i­tary in­ter­ven­tion and the for­ma­tion of the Rus­sian, Ira­nian, Iraqi and Syr­ian coali­tion will surely dis­si­pate the hopes that Amer­ica and its al­lies were in­tend­ing to build in Syria.

Tur­key lost the buf­fer-zone, be­cause now it’s Rus­sia which leads the war in Syria and works to strengthen Bashar As­sad's po­si­tion. The U.S will no longer be able to pro­vide train­ing to the mod­er­ate op­po­si­tion forces undis­turbed. The Saudi Ara­bia, which has made mil­i­tary progress against the Ira­nian-al­lied Houthies in Ye­men and caused hu­man­i­tar­ian cri­sis, is now fac­ing the threat of rad­i­cal Is­lamists and Iran and As­sad’s sup­port­ers more than ever.

Iran and Rus­sia may in­tend to help the Kurds who are close to them for re­in­forc­ing the in­ter­nal front against ISIS and the mod­er­ate op­po­si­tion close to Saudi, Tur­key, U.S and the West. Mean­while, the Kur­dis- tan Re­gion Pres­i­dency and PYD (Demo­cratic Union Party) have agreed on the mil­i­tary co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the Kur­dish forces in Western Kur­dis­tan.

At this stage, when deeper re­gional con­flicts in­ten­sify and the se­cu­rity and strate­gic and na­tional in­ter­ests of many pow­er­ful coun­tries are threat­ened, we have to ask how much Kur­dis­tan Re­gion will stay uni­fied and is ready to face the chal­lenges ahead. Or how much it will step to­wards the Kur­dish Na­tional Unity in all the parts, be­cause now it is the calm be­fore the storm. How could Kur­dis­tan plan for its fu­ture be­tween the Rus­sian front, which is against the Kur­dish goals, and the al­lied Amer­i­cans? We know that Kur­dis­tan Re­gion has been sup­ported by the U.S and the West since 1991. Now, Kur­dis­tan de­serves all kinds of sup­port in or­der to es­tab­lish­ing a demo­cratic and an in­de­pen­dent en­tity.

Kurds in this Re­gion have bit­ter ex­pe­ri­ence with the erup­tion of the Cold War and re­turn­ing to the cri­sis of po­lar con­flict and two world’s mil­i­tary coali­tions and the di­vi­sion of the Mid­dles East into Sunni and Shia dom­i­nated ar­eas. Thus, while the whole Mid­dle East in­clud­ing Syria is be­com­ing the fo­cal point of con­flict be­tween the world’s forces, the Kurds should think of the fu­ture; they should not waste pre­cious time busy with in­ter­nal dis­putes that have lit­tle to do with the in­ter­na­tional and re­gional decisive de­ci­sions.

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