A military regime will better serve
By Baqi Barzani -
The US bears a long history of directly or
indirectly installing or toppling different types of
government systems around the globe. There are
varying raison d'êtres for doing so, including
prevailing freedom and human rights, humanitarian
intervention, economic interests, combating
terrorism, Islamic extremism, thwarting the threat
of communism, establishing military bases, political
support, discrepancy over a country foreign policy
or a country’s growing independency.
During the Cold War, the US aided or installed pro-U.S.
dictatorships in Iran, Chile, Guatemala, Indonesia,
and many other countries. In 1953, it ousted an
democratically elected government in Iran (Mohammed
Mossadeq ) and re-installed the pro-American shah.
In the Coup of 1968, it ended the military regime of
Abdul Rahman Arif in Iraq, and helped ending the
Baathist back to power. The U.S. supported the
Kuwaiti monarchy and the Muslim fundamentalist
monarchy in neighboring Saudi Arabia during the
Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. The US hailed military
dictatorship in Pakistan (Parviz Mushraf 1999-2008)
on war on terrorism and Islamic extremism. The
United States has constantly attempted to overthrow
communist regimes all over the world. In the case of
Somalia or Bosnia, It was more of humanitarian
In short, every country would do everything in its
power to protect its own citizens and safeguard its
own national interests.
With The Arab Spring spilling all over, Iranians
having carried out nuclear-related work with
possible military links, deteriorating unrest in
Syria, and Turkish more antagonist stance toward
US administration needs to confer special attention
to the Kurdistan’s strategic geo-political position,
and the critical role the 40 million Kurds can play
to rally round their US ally to gain its goals.
Pentagon should reflect on the prospects of
capitalizing more on Kurdish armed forces
capabilities. Installation of provisional military
form of government replacing the incumbent
disorganized KRG, not like ex Iraqi dictator regime,
beginning as one one-party states, but over the
course turning into permanent military dictatorships
lasting for decades, is a bid that needs special
Reinforcing Kurdish 120 thousands member military in
active duty with additional 200 thousand in inactive
status ( mostly including combat proven war
veterans) only in Iraqi Kurdistan will cause to
bring permanent political stability to Kurdistan and
Iraq and salvage them from the peril of "dangerous
Islamic extremist ideologies " emanating from Iraq’s
neighboring states like Iran. It will additionally
1- Force anti-US Iraqi groups and parties to be more
reliant on US tutelage, fearing Kurdish rising power
and agree to prolonged US presence in that country.
I will inflame more nationalistic sentiments and
boost more unification among warring Arabs
population Vis-a Vis Kurds.
2- Help expedite US democracy propagation agenda in
the Middle East. A military regime in North of Iraq
(Kurdistan) will coalesce scattered Kurds in Iran,
Syria, Turkey and Iraq, advocate their rights, exert
more leverage and ultimately destabilize those
anti-US hostile regimes.
3- Hamper oil trade to Iran from Kurdistan, cutting
off the 8-10 Billion Tehran-KRG bilateral Annual
trade, further undermining Iranian worsening
4- Strengthen Kurdish political groups’ position in
Syria, Iran and Turkey.
5-Construct a nationalist, militaristic counter
Iranian front in case of a pre-emptive military
strike on its nuclear facility. Boost more
cooperation and coordination among KRG-All
6-Curtail Iranian, Syrian, Turkish meddling into
Iraqi internal affairs, arming of terrorist groups
and plans to invigorate Shiite hostile groups
against coalition forces from Northern Iraqi
7- Hinder Islamist parties to emerge as a strong
political entity in Kurdistan.
8- Thwart the outbreak of civil conflict, violence,
persecution of religious minorities in Kurdistan by
more touting nationalism and national unity.
9- Hamper widespread Corruption in Kurdistan,
especially at the higher echelon.
10- Pressure Turkey to adopt a more pro-US and
Pro-Israeli stance, respect human rights and ceases
its marginalization of non-Turkish, non-Muslim
Kurds can offer special contribution to global
peace, development of regional economy and US Middle
East democratization Agenda. Like many other states,
Kurdistan will have to eventually transition back to
democracy, but given the substance of time, it is
both in Kurdish and American interests to adopt a
junta regime for Iraqi Kurdistan, at least for now.
Baqi Barzani is a Kurdish citizen of Sought
Kurdistan [Iraq]. He advocates the notion of "
establishing an independent Kurdish state". He
contributes to various Kurdish media outlets,
especially ekurd.net. You may reach the author via
email at: [email protected]
Copyright © 2011 ekurd.net. All rights reserved
expressed in this commentary are solely those of the