Ref­er­en­dum and Chas­ing Kur­dish MPs, and Vic­tory of Pesh­merga

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By | Gazi Has­san

Let’s start from the end, be­cause it’s the end of Iraq. In the past, Kurds used to be ac­cused of ev­ery­thing that was hap­pen­ing to Iraq, even the flu. They would say Kurds are sep­a­ratists. In fact, the Kurds who were de­mand­ing au­ton­omy in the past, are now talk­ing about an in­de­pen­dent state of Kur­dis­tan. Kurds were the only force strug­gling to top­ple the Iraqi regime, while to­day Kurds are the sole force say­ing that the fall or sur­vival of Iraq is cor­re­lated with the Sunni and Shia Arabs. It’s worth ques­tion­ing why ISIL ter­ror­ists only at­tack Pesh­merga in the ar­eas sur­round­ing Mo­sul and Er­bil and Shin­gal. Why should the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion be the only tar­get of ter­ror­ists? Some may like it that Kurds re­main un­der the pres­sure of ter­ror­ists and the Pesh­merga re­main ef­fected by cri­sis. Even some me­dia out­lets in Su­laimani be­came pro­pa­ganda plat­forms for ISIL against the Pesh­merga.

The Pesh­merga were vic­to­ri­ous. ISIL, as usual, is the de­feated force be­cause of the Kurds. Hy­pothe­ses and doubts are in­creas­ing day af­ter day on plans and agen­das ISIL have against Kur­dis­tan Re­gion. The hid­den re­la­tions and goals are ap­pear­ing more clearly of who is so greatly urg­ing ISIL against Kur­dis­tan and why? De­spite their overt ties with the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, some coun­tries may covertly urge ISIL against the re­gion, just to de­value the vic­to­ries of Pesh­merga and Kur­dis­tan in the area. The mat­ter is not only about ISIL, but ISIL’s lead­ers and sup­port­ers are dan­ger­ous too. In ad­di­tion to de­feat­ing ISIL in a 100 km front­line, pro­test­ers oc­cu­pied the Iraqi par­lia­ment and Green Zone last week. The most im­por­tant events of the protests and at­tacks recorded chas­ing and de­grad­ing the Kur­dish MPs in Baghdad. All the Kurd- ish MPs re­turned to Kur­dis­tan Re­gion. All five Kur­dish blocs held a meet­ing and de­cided not to re­turn to Baghdad, be­cause they think Haidar Al-Ab­badi is in­volved in pro­vok­ing the peo­ple. Baghdad au­thor­i­ties want to hit the ham­mer and the anvil at the same time. The event fur­ther uni­fied Kurds. The MPs who’ve been cast­ing doubts on Kur­dish lead­er­ship’s at­ti­tude and the events made ev­ery­thing clear that Baghdad can­not be trusted. So those who used to align to Baghdad’s pol­icy are now against Baghdad more than any­one else.

The events have heated up the need of a ref­er­en­dum. Those who were think­ing that ref­er­en­dum should be worked on af­ter find­ing suit­able time and achiev­ing in­ter­nal con­sen­sus have come to the be­lief that ref­er­en­dum is a must. And the time is now for hold­ing a ref­er­en­dum. The Kur­dis­tan Demo­cratic Party held a meet­ing chaired by Mas­soud Barzani, and de­cided to form a com­mit­tee with other par­ties for ne­go­ti­a­tions and car­ry­ing out the ref­er­en­dum, and putting ef­fort into uni­fy­ing the public opinion and the po­lit­i­cal par­ties.

The Pres­i­dent of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion proved he’s far­sighted and real in his de­ci­sions. Baghdad has left no chance for the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion to stay with them. So ref­er­en­dum is the so­lu­tion. Even if some par­ties were cast­ing doubts on it in or­der to de­lay it, the vic­to­ries of the Pesh­merga and the chas­ing of Kur­dish MPs in Baghdad and the at­ti­tudes of Bag­dad’s rulers left no doubt. In this, they will also prove to help the suc­cess of ref­er­en­dum. Yes to the prag­matic pol­icy of the Kur­dis­tan Pres­i­dency, yes to self-de­ter­mi­na­tion of Kur­dis­tan. Yes to uni­fy­ing all Kur­dis­ta­nis.

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