Justification Discourse in Kurdish Politics
A common method of discourse used in politics is justification—either direct or indirect.
In recent years, political discourse has improved greatly through the media. Some parties, for example Gorran Movement, have a clear justifiable discourse, which the movement has initiated to honestly justify the good, the bad, the tough and surrender. It turns political hell into a heaven for the purposes of persuasion while turning a heaven into hell for the same purposes. In the end, what is true and false isn’t in itself a means of justifying behavior, rather its simply subordinate to political and ideological purposes.
The movement, which originated from inside the PUK, has made uncounted accusations, evening likening Kurdistan Regional leadership to the dictatorships of Yemen, Syria, or Egypt. Their mischief inside the PUK reached the point that it was considered treason to consider coexistence with the movement. Their main justification all along has been so-called corruption and injustice in the KDP. This hasn’t been aimed at truthfulness, per say, but rather the reduction of the PUK while legitimizing their split process.
At present, we are seeing an array of justifications made for a unifying discourse and an agreement between the PUK and Gorran has even begun. After a huge political failure, unifying the flow of Kurdish policy under the banner of opposition seems to be taking place. In this unification, both parties have given the same argument that the KDP need not be concerned since this unity isn’t against them. However, the reality on the ground is quite different. I believe this is intended to limit the KDP’s power. Their justifications of unity come under the pretense of an agreement for the interests of the people of Kurdistan, but these reasons were the same as those Gorran used to divide the PUK. This step towards unification between Gorran and PUK is intended to limit their opponent.
What Gorran couldn’t do without the PUK, it won’t be able to do now with the PUK. It could realistically try to bring KIU and KIG as part of its campaign, but it doesn’t seem able to do that in the Parliament—only in the geographic center of their power, Sulaimani.