We swear by Peshmarga Forces
By Baqi Barzani, a longtime contributing writer for
February 27, 2010
To perceive the merger of Kurdish Peshmarga Forces
happen is the ultimate wish of every Kurd. This
issue has been propounded often times by citizens of
Kurdistan but it is still pending a concert outcome.
In case of any contingencies or exigencies, the only
true power that the people of Kurdistan utterly
depend on and expect to intervene is the Peshmarga
forces. The true guardians of the homeland and the
pride of our nation.
Apart from persevering the integrity and sovereignty
of Kurdistan, Peshmarga forces are also responsible
for other pivotal issues such as: combating
terrorism, illegitimate cross-border invasions, drug
trafficking, disaster relief services, maintenance
of rule of law and even administering the country if
However, there are stumbling blocks that need to be
removed in order to thrive and be able to achieve
those goals and the most decisive one is the
non-aligned status and utter non-reliance of this
force on any political entity.
Even thought, its budget is safeguarded from KRG, it
should totally be able to operate as a nonpartisan
establishment, free of influence and independent
body in decision-making policies pertaining to vital
national interests and defense issues. This is part
of rights and obligations that are inevitably
entrusted to military bureaucrats.
KRG should have limitation of interference and
Peshmarga forces should by no means be politicized
and dragged into non-relevant faction and
factionalism. They should be sought when a national
emergency case loom.
Like many world military, Kurdistan Peshamrga Forces
should be provided with the requisite funds to
modernize its armaments capability, import foreign
military know-how, invest on research,www.ekurd.netbolster
the quality of the training and education offered to
its members and ensure that the newly-joined young
Peshmargs will have a brilliant future if they
choose to continue serving. Given the population of
Kurdistan, conscription is an option that deserves
being taken into consideration, as well.
Today, Kurdistan’s militaries remains an important
component in the checks and balances that protect
Kurdish democracy. If any factional polarization,
chaotic situation or economic instability that may
cause damage to the country’s political system
erupts, it is justified for Peshmarga Forces to
directly get involved.
Genuine and patriot Kurdish officers are abundant
and I hope they will cut off their factional
membership, work on the unison and consolidation of
Kurdish military and only serve their country and
people under the Kurdish national flag.
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.
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