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 Dear Mr. President! Kurdish state, not a dream, it's inevitable

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Dear Mr. President! Kurdish state, not a dream, it's inevitable  6.5.2011 
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May 6, 2011

Iraq's President and the leader of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), Jalal Talabani aka [Mam Jalal], stated in an interview with the Arabic Dar al-Khaleej, on January 22 that, "The establishment of a Kurdish state is an impossible dream."

Talabani maintained that, "The establishment of a Kurdish state is the dream of some Kurdish patriots and poets and perhaps of some Kurdish youths who see 190 flags on top of the United Nations building. But I think that the realistic

Kurdish politicians know that this (Kurdish state) is a dream and they regard it this way. A man does not run after a dream to lose its achievements and what he has gained on the ground."

Such statements by Mam Jalal are not the first and seem unlikely to be the last. He expressed similar views in a number of his interviews with newspapers around the world.                 

Nia Amin is an Advisor & Human Right Activities in EU.
It can be argued that such statements are nothing but typical pragmatic remarks by politicians in high positions. Maybe! However, political developments on the ground in Kurdistan and Iraq, which is combined with global political changes, indicate a completely different picture, in contrast to what Talabani believes.

In sharp contrast to what the PUK leader expressed, the Kurdistan President, Massoud Barzani, stated that establishment of an independent Kurdish state is not a dream but a right that the Kurds have. Barzani further stated that given the political climate of today the Kurds opt for federalism in a federal Iraq.

Intensified conflict between Shiites and Sunnis of Iraq and the way Saddam was executed indicates that unified, democratic and plural Iraq is impossibility despite the top Iraqi politicians' rhetoric. Many deadly truck bombing in the mainly Shia al-Sadriya district and other places in central Baghdad which killed more than thousand peoples until now is a clear signal. The Kurds,
www.ekurd.netone way or the other, have to make a choice between remaining in an ever deepening sectarian conflict in a virtually divided Iraq or to opt for their own self-rule.

This is not a dream, it is inevitable.

It is difficult to comprehend why some circles still insist on the impossibility of independence for millions of Kurds. The Cold War era is over. The arbitrary Middle Eastern borders are prone to alteration. New and old political actors and forces within the framework of chaotic global political conditions are competing for a new status quo of the 21st century. For an oppressed nation such as the Kurds, it is the right moment to endeavor for their freedom, to challenge their century long oppression at the hands of despotic and undemocratic regimes.

Contrary to Mam Jalal's statements, not only a few romantic poets or youths but the overwhelming majority of the Kurds' real demand is independence as they clearly showed in southern Kurdistan: 98 percent of Kurds voted for independence in an unofficial referendum, which ran parallel to the Iraqi election in January 2005.

The Kurdish leaders must get themselves rid of the Cold War mentality where world politics was in deadlock and changing of borders, especially of the Middle East, were almost improbable. The Kurdish political institutions, parties and leaders must embrace the new political reaalities which provide ample opportunities for the realization of long awaited Kurdish dreams for independence.

It is no longer a dream but a reality in reach. All what is needed is a cohesive Kurdish national politics, energetic and valiant leaders with vision. Instead of making politics in dirty old waters, the Kurds and their leaders must have dignity to stand for their national and democratic rights.

chronics, the Arabic Dar al-Khaleej,

Eng. Nia Amin is an Advisor & Human Right Activities in EU and
regular contributing writer for

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