Right to des­tiny en­hance­ment is more vi­able

The Week Middle East - - News - Es­sam No­man

Mas­soud Barzani’s project in Iraqi Kur­dis­tan met with re­sound­ing fail­ure. This fail­ure led to Barzani re­sign­ing as pres­i­dent of the re­gion, the tar­nish­ing of his po­lit­i­cal legacy, and the loss of re­gions and oil fields, which the Kurds used in vi­o­la­tion of the con­sti­tu­tion and na­tional unity. It also led to di­vi­sion amongst the Kurds them­selves. What are the lessons learned from this bit­ter ex­pe­ri­ence? De­spite moral and le­gal le­git­i­macy de­rived from the Uni­ver­sal Dec­la­ra­tion of Hu­man Rights, the right to self­de­ter­mi­na­tion re­mains a the­o­ret­i­cal right sub­ject to com­plex local and in­ter­na­tional po­lit­i­cal con­di­tions. As such, it re­mains im­pos­si­ble to achieve. There­fore the right to des­tiny en­hance­ment – as op­posed to the right of self-de­ter­mi­na­tion – is more ef­fec­tive given the current mis­er­able con­di­tions in the Arab world. Kurds and other eth­nic­i­ties in our world have be­come a vi­brant or­ganic part of the fab­ric of our po­lit­i­cal con­ver­gence. They, like the over­whelm­ing ma­jor­ity of our peo­ples, suf­fer the same prob­lems and chal­lenges. This ne­ces­si­tates the com­ing to­gether of the af­fected to re­lent­lessly con­front these chal­lenges in or­der to cre­ate sound and pro­duc­tive po­lit­i­cal, eco­nomic and so­cial con­di­tions. What is needed is a civil state based on free­dom, cit­i­zen­ship, rule of law, jus­tice and devel­op­ment.

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