A Financial Bombardment on the Region
The Kurdistan Region is facing a challenging time— a time harder than war. President Barzani announced two important decisions for backing up the KRG reforms and eliminating corruption within KDP. Both decisions are important for any hope of future prosperity and trust between the people and authorities of Kurdistan.
Mark Toner, Deputy Spokesman of US State Department, sadid regarding the referendum: “We’ve always been clear and our policy hasn’t changed that we support a united, federal, diverse and democratic Iraq.” We don’t know which force is protecting this ‘unified Iraq’. Will the Shiites be the warrantor of maintaining a unified Iraq? These kinds of announcement are obvious backup for Abadi’s unilateral rule that has, time and again, stirred further sectarian violence.
The argument that the current conditions represent a united and democratic Iraq clearly miss the reality on the ground that the country is moving towards a government run by Hashd Al-Shahbi. There’s no doubt that ISIS, Ezidi massacre, sectarian Sunni-Shiite conflict are consequence of the Shiite unilateral rulers. Let’s stop with the pretense of the “unity of Iraq”. The cutting of the Kurdistan Region budget is another consequence of supporting and urging forcible unification of Iraq.
For the second time, the Region’s oil pipeline was blown up at the end of last week. The PKK announced they are against the Region’s oil and gas exportation via Turkey. In these incidences, doubt will grow and fingers will point at the PKK. This will deteriorate the economic situation in Kurdistan even further.
Al-Abbadi recently said he’s “ready to supply Region’s budget for oil.” A year ago, an official agreement was signed between Erbil and Baghdad with the presence of an external third party. SOMO received the cash from sold oil but AlAbbadi didn’t send the budget as agreed on. So Al-Abbadi is essentially saying: “If Saddam Hussein, with chemical bombardment, Anfal and displacement of thousands of villages, couldn’t eliminate you, I can do it with money, which is more serious and effective.”
Some political analysts believe the Shiite authorities have been attempting for two years to provoke the people against the KRG and throw the country into chaos. They point to remarks that Al-Abbadi has made that seem to have no intention other than causing political disorder. The KRG gave Baghdad a logical response in offering oil for their share of the budget but Al-Abbadi is silent. The ball is his court.
What does unity of Iraq mean for a Kurd who has been in the past eliminated by chemical bombardment and now a financial poisonous bombardment?