Jus­ti­fi­ca­tion Dis­course in Kur­dish Pol­i­tics

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By | Gazi Has­san

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.

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