Arming Iraqi military
By Baqi Barzani -
August 1, 2011
As the US gradually wraps up its ground missions in
Iraq, Iraqi military ratchets up its purchase of
highly sophisitsticated US-made weapons to bolster
its aerial defense capability. Concerned about
Iran's burgeoning influence, the US seeks to enable
Iraqi army to an extent that it can cope with
external menace facing the country.
In the past, various corporations from different
countries, including America, Germany, French and
Britain, had supplied Iraqi dictator with chemical,
biological, and missile technology, resulting in
perpetration of war crimes and genocides against the
Iraqi military insists on quick delivery of such
needs, however, it is imperative that any provision
of weapons to Iraq be accompanied with legal
obligations and assurances that they will by no
means be employed against its own civilians.
Experience suggests that a centralized militarily
powerful Iraq has always been a threat to its
citizens and neighbors.
To balance and prevent any possible misapplication
of such weapons by central government, Kurdish
Regional Government reserve constitutional right to
hold equal access to supplied foreign-made weaponry,
especially to the air force branch. Full inventory
of every military equipment must be reported to
Kurdish government president and Parliament,www.ekurd.netand
a portion of these armaments should also be
transferred to the North of the country (
Kurdistan), as well, under the direct supervision of
Kurdish defense forces. A coup by a strong armed
military against Kurdish or US forces poses a great
threat that can not be simply underestimated.
Border and defense issues primarily rest the
liability of central government, but nothing can
prevent the federal region of Kurdistan to procure
defense materials for its protection purpose.
Baghdad has not yet demonstrated adequate ability to
protect Kurdistan against repeated Iranian and
Turkish ground incursions.
Need may rise that Kurdish Government has to act on
its own to safeguard its citizens lives.
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]
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