Kurds Should Be Care­ful, Not Fear­ful!

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Gazi Has­san

The sit­u­a­tion in the Mid­dle East is not promis­ing, par­tic­u­larly as Rus­sia’s in­volve­ment has di­vided the area into two dis­tinct war fronts. In­stead of pro­vid­ing a so­lu­tion, Rus­sia’s role brings into ques­tion any pos­si­bil­ity of a fu­ture of achiev­ing peace and co­ex­is­tence of var­i­ous eth­nic and re­li­gious com­po­nents in the Mid­dles East.

The Kurds have suf­fered greatly in the re­gion, de­spite the role of the Kurds reach­ing a new high po­lit­i­cally due to their semi-au­ton­omy. But the sit­u­a­tion can never be like it was fifty years ago dur­ing the cold war.

In ad­di­tion, some Kur­dish par­ties’ per­sis­tence to act as po­lit­i­cal par­ties rather than sup­port­ing a uni­fied KRG could be­come largest in­sti­ga­tor of weak­ness for the re­gional gov­ern­ment.

The in­ter­nal fear of re­peat­ing history, com­monly cited by crit­ics, no longer ex­ists. We should not sup­press our­selves by ter­ri­fy­ing our­selves, but rather we should be much more con­cerned about our back­ward­ness in the devel­op­ments— there are greater wor­ries than about a leader like Barzani lead­ing us in this tough time. We should fear our abil­ity to main­tain a uni­fied po­lit­i­cal dis­course in­side the KRG for plan­ning the fu­ture.

It’s true that the sit­u­a­tion in the Mid­dle East (af­ter Rus­sia’s in­volve­ment, Tur­key’s re­ac­tion, and Iran’s am­bush­ing) is be­come more com­pli­cated with an un­ex­pected speed. But don’t forget that the cir­cum­stances are never in fa­vor of the cen­tral­iza­tion of Bagh­dad and Syria. De­spite Amer­ica even some Euro­pean coun­tries have placed their trust in fed­er­al­ism and con­fed­er­a­tion for the two. They also be­lieve that Shias and Sun­nis should be re­or­ga­nized as two neigh­bor­ing en­ti­ties with con­sti­tu­tional rights; their life in­side one state means the con­tin­u­a­tion of prob­lems, mas­sacre, strength­en­ing ISIS, and violence.

So Kur­dis­tan should never be ter­ri­fied, but rather think se­ri­ously of the neg­a­tiv­ity of its par­ties. Seventy-five years ago, Kurds were making de­ci­sions in a cave but to­day the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Pres­i­dent di­a­logues with ma­jor coun­tries and su­per pow­ers in plan­ning the fu­ture. So I say that the tra­di­tional fears never ex­ist, but we need to learn the new lessons.

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