Iraqi Oil Min­is­ter Out­spo­kenly Sup­ports Divi­sion of Iraq!

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Gazi Has­san

The Iraqi Min­is­ter of Oil, Adil Ab­dul-Mahdi, wrote an ar­ti­cle wor­thy of study and spec­u­la­tion in Al-Adalah news­pa­per that re­vealed a deep-rooted sen­ti­ment about dis­solv­ing the his­tory of the coun­try. Ab­dul-Mahdi wrote that many coun­tries like Iraq have bro­ken up, whether forcibly or vol­un­tar­ily; the same is likely to hap­pen to Iraq, he claimed.

Through this as­ser­tion, he has ex­pressed un­der­stand­ing about the re­al­ity of what’s hap­pen­ing in Iraq much sooner than his col­leagues—in fact much sooner than even some Kur­dish political par­ties. He is cer­tainly more as­tute than other politi­cians in his de­sire to re­turn to a discourse on con­sti­tu­tional so­lu­tions to the sit­u­a­tion given the in­creas­ing de­mands of de­cen­tral­iza­tion by Ra­madi, Bas­rah, and Kur­dis­tan. It’s note­wor­thy, how­ever, that each area dif­fers in their de­mands for how self-au­ton­omy might look like.

De­sires for in­creased lo­cal (i.e. re­gional) au­ton­omy are not only held by the Kurds, but also by Sun­nis in Ra­madi and many in Bas- rah. In the likely event of a Kur­dish ref­er­en­dum on in­de­pen­dence, a ma­jor­ity of Kurds would un­doubt­edly sup­port in­de­pen­dence from Bagh­dad. This is not nec­es­sar­ily re­lated to short­sight­ed­ness or cur­rent sen­ti­ments, but rather a fi­nal break­ing off af­ter the past cen­tury’s oc­cu­pa­tion and tyranny against the Kurds. A new gen­er­a­tion wants a free Kur­dis­tan.

The move to­wards divi­sion, new pow­ers, and new de­ci­sion-mak­ing cen­ters is very re­al­is­tic, not only a pipedream. Kur­dis­tan must work with Bagh­dad to find a mu­tu­ally un­der­stand­ing and peace­able so­lu­tion for leav­ing Iraq. As Abul-Mahdi wrote: “Divi­sion of Iraq has be­come a nat­u­ral thing, so dis­cus­sion in this re­gard is nec­es­sary”.

He is try­ing to bring forth a real, prag­matic dis­cus­sion for mak­ing the in­evitable de­ci­sion in a way that will pre­vent vi­o­lence and other is­sues. His re­al­ism, prag­ma­tism, and open-mind­ed­ness, par­tic­u­larly con­sid­er­ing his back­ground as a Shi­ite within Al-Da aqa party, should be lauded.

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