Right to destiny enhancement is more viable
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.