Kurds Should Be Careful, Not Fearful!
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.