Predicted impediments following our
By Baqi Barzani -
August 9, 2011
Kurdistan is witnessing the nascent of a multiplying
number of civil/rights organizations, unions; NGOs
and, press syndicates. Every newly founded
institution has been determined in its expression of
support for establishment of an independent Kurdish
state. They all agree on the legitimacy, necessity
and maturity of time. Kurdish and global media
outlets have more outspokenly been touching on the
pertinent subject, as well.
Kurdish self-rule justification has turned into an
internationally heated debate as characterized by
some. In Turkey, Kurds declared democratic autonomy.
In Iran, Kurdish renewed struggle has shaken the
foundation of rickety regime to an extent that it
has been goaded to resort to its military muscles to
counter it. In Syria, Kurds have been so central
that they uncaringly rebuff official invitations
extended to them by the most senior government
officials (President Bashar al-Assad) to participate
in direct talks.
It is the public awakening and strong willpower that
is powering the wheels of an inevitable impending
revolt. It bodes the liberation of Kurdish nation in
all parts, and resurgence of Kurdish nationalism.
Our nation is heading in the direction of statehood,
and all needed is an explosion in the form of a
massive demonstration throughout Kurdistan that can
spread the message and flames all over. All we
require is a unifying character resembling to that
of late General Mustafa Barzani or Gazi Mohammad to
bear the burden of steering the nation to the
Like most new nation states coming into existence,
we will be having our own challenges to cope with,
including the three major ones: governance,
economic, and defense. Some of these challenges are
calculable, some will come as a surprise and some
will be designed by our opponents. Precipitate
foreboding and proper planning is the best to ward
off some of these obstacles from the very outset.
Marginalization and repression of ethno-religious
minorities is a modus operandi for widening divide
and possible civil conflicts. It is a very efficient
tool/pretext for destabilization and foreign
interventions. Such also is the case for Kirkuk
Though historically Kurdish, but sensibly weighing
the status quo, Kirkuk has undergone a fractional
de-population of its Kurdish masses. It has been
forcefully pervaded by Sunni Arabs and especially,
Turkish-backed Turkomen, unwilling to abandon their
huge interests/assets in Kurdistan at any expense.
Any future enticing course taken by KRG such as
offering material compensation seems unlikely to
reverse the demographic changes imposed in Kirkuk.
Any coercive approach will most likely result in
further exasperating the state of affairs,
particularly impacting its security state.
The reclamation and incorporation of Kurdish Kirkuk
into Kurdish Regional Government is key to our
national survival. Nevertheless, Kirkuk is equally
foreseen to remain the major bone of contention
among diverse ethnic groups in a future independent
Kurdish state for decades to come. It will be the
picture of Jerusalem,www.ekurd.netKashmir
or Tibet. It has been the major reason behind the
deferment of Kurdish state creation so far. Kirkuk
will require lots of wars and resources to soothe.
For stepping up the implementation of a partition
blueprint in Iraq, some kind of territorial
concessions in Kirkuk must be offered on our part.
We must be willing to compromise on a land division
deal in Kirkuk (perhaps an 80-20%) with our Turkomen
and Sunni Arabs partners. That way, the fate of
Kurdish Kirkuk can be sealed once and forever, and
any justification for any regional/foreign powers to
meddle into our internal affairs be eliminated.
The sooner the Kirkuk impasse can be contended with,
the better for Kurds and Kurdistan!
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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