• Wednesday 21st April 2021

Now Is The Time For An Independent Kurdistan By Ibrahim Malazada

On the internal level, the factors that qualify the region to transform into an independent state are both constant and variable.

The establishment of any new state entity must be analyzed within three fundamental dimensions. These are the internal, regional, and international dimensions. This is particularly true of the Kurdistan region of Iraq, in light of its unique circumstances and location.

On the internal level, the factors that qualify the region to transform into an independent state are both constant and variable.

The constant elements include the territory itself, although large parts are still outside the region’s jurisdiction, and the people, who are more cohesive now than ever before, with an official language and a shared common history. As for the variable elements, these include the three constitutional institutions; legislative, executive, and judicial, along with civil society organizations, natural resources, and the growing economy. The region’s natural resources include the oil and gas sectors that have attracted dozens of international companies, including corporate giants with enormous influence.

With regards to the regional dimension, this is the most prominent and sensitive, but at the moment the conditions for independence are far more favorable than at any time in the past. We can divide this dimension into two sub-categories; internal and external regional factors.

Internally, the regional dimension pertains to the Kurdistan’s relationship with the Iraqi state. This state has passed through phases of what can only be described as chaos, embodied in sectarian conflict, the continued activities of Al-Qaeda, and ongoing rampant corruption. Indeed, the only feature of Baghdad’s relationship with the Kurdish people has been to marginalize them in various ways, from forcing them to carry arms to preserve their existence, through to coercive and chauvinistic policies such as Arabization, deportation, exclusion, and systematic murder, and finally transforming Kurdistan into an open incinerator with chemical gas and acts of genocide, such as the Anfal campaigns. The present-day problem between Baghdad and Erbil lies in the fact that the new Arab politicians have forgotten that the Kurds are a wounded people, outside of the sufferings of the Iraqi state. These new politicians should have done everything they could to rebuild confidence and win the Kurds’ affection through a formal apology to the people and compensation for those affected as quickly as possible. They should have resolved outstanding issues in a peaceful and transparent manner and avoided threats of violence (unlike Nuri Al-Maliki) no matter what, in order to erase the traces of the past and build a state of citizenship for all.

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