Wednesday, 27 October 2021 09:57 GMT

Will the Kurdish Dream Come True?By Fahed Khitan


(MENAFN- Alghad Newspaper)

The Kurds in Iraq will not forfeit their referendum for independence on the 25th of September. Masoud Barazani, the region's premier confirmed it in his response to the US request to postpone the referendum.

It seems the Kurds are already decided, and nothing will stop them, unless maybe if Baghdad takes a few bold steps, to grant the Kurds their rights.

Kurds all over feel their dream of independence; of their own state, is coming true, closer now than ever.

In Syria, the Kurdish territories are preparing for the launch of autonomous regional councils, to set in motion its own province.

Both in Syria and Iraq, the Turks are preparing to suppress this Kurdish dream, which threatens the unity of the Turkish state and its political regime.

Erdogan's aspiration, and the Turkish nationalists', is to put this dream to rest, before it even begins to realise.

Therefore, the Turkish president did not think twice when he announced that Turkey and Iran are discussing possible joint action against the Kurds.

Mindfully, this is why Turkey made several incursions into the Syrian territory.

Erdogan knows that the fate of the Kurds in any of the three countries; Syria, Iraq, or Iran, will subsequently result in a similar outcome for the Kurds in Turkey.

Washington sympathises with the Kurdish dream, but is unwilling to go further than it already has to support it.

At this point, the Trump Administration favours focusing on ISIS, aka Daesh, and that's why they have made the request to postpone the Kurdish referendum in northern Iraq.

Notably, the Kurds were the first to engage the terrorist group, ISIS, pushing them out of the areas close to the Kurdish- Iraqi province.

Their bravery in the battle for Raqqa is proof of their dedication.

After all this sacrifice, what follows?

This is the question Washington has yet to answer.

Meanwhile, the Kurds fear they will be tricked out of their dream if they were to succumb to the Americans' request.

It may have been possible for the Kurdish Cause to not explode into such disproportionate scales has the countries of the region considered given them their rights, instead of marginalising them, excluding them, and using chemical weapons to exterminate them!

However, while it is possible that the Kurds may not be able to turn the outcomes of the referendum into a reality at this point in time, it will remain preface the premise for their future.

Indeed, regional powers have the ability to supress the Kurdish dream. But it is not so unlikely that their cause may become the highlight of the regional struggle once the war against terrorism is over!

Turkey and Iran are willing to do everything to kill the Kurdish dream, and the Iraqi government will not hesitate to support either one of them.

In the meantime, settlement in Syria may give the Kurds there something more than just a state or autonomous rule. But if the status quo endures and builds, the Kurds will look to consolidate power, on the lookout for their worst enemy's next move; Turkey.

The whole region is war-struck with sectarian and ethnic conflicts, build more and more on the identity crisis which set it all ablaze.

Our area will never settle until we right the wrongs and injustices of history and geography, and the Kurdish people's cause lies in the heart of this crisis.

It can no longer be ignored.

This article is an edited translation of the Arabic version, published by AlGhad.

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