Referendum and Chasing Kurdish MPs, and Victory of Peshmerga
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.