It is Time for the Kurds to Act More Responsibly
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.