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 A military regime will better serve Kurdish-Washington interests 

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A military regime will better serve Kurdish-Washington interests ‎ 8.6.2011 
By Baqi Barzani -

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June 8, 2011

The US bears a long history of directly or indirectly installing or toppling different types of government systems around the globe. There are varying raison d'êtres for doing so, including prevailing freedom and human rights, humanitarian intervention, economic interests, combating terrorism, Islamic extremism, thwarting the threat of communism, establishing military bases, political support, discrepancy over a country foreign policy or a country’s growing independency.

During the Cold War, the US aided or installed pro-U.S. dictatorships in Iran, Chile, Guatemala, Indonesia, and many other countries. In 1953, it ousted an democratically elected government in Iran (Mohammed Mossadeq ) and re-installed the pro-American shah. In the Coup of 1968, it ended the military regime of Abdul Rahman Arif in Iraq, and helped ending the Baathist back to power. The U.S. supported the Kuwaiti monarchy and the Muslim fundamentalist monarchy in neighboring Saudi Arabia during the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. The US hailed military dictatorship in Pakistan (Parviz Mushraf 1999-2008) on war on terrorism and Islamic extremism. The United States has constantly attempted to overthrow communist regimes all over the world. In the case of Somalia or Bosnia, It was more of humanitarian intervention justifications.

In short, every country would do everything in its power to protect its own citizens and safeguard its own national interests.

With The Arab Spring spilling all over, Iranians having carried out nuclear-related work with possible military links, deteriorating unrest in Syria, and Turkish more antagonist stance toward Israel,
www.ekurd.netthe US administration needs to confer special attention to the Kurdistan’s strategic geo-political position, and the critical role the 40 million Kurds can play to rally round their US ally to gain its goals.

Pentagon should reflect on the prospects of capitalizing more on Kurdish armed forces capabilities. Installation of provisional military form of government replacing the incumbent disorganized KRG, not like ex Iraqi dictator regime, beginning as one one-party states, but over the course turning into permanent military dictatorships lasting for decades, is a bid that needs special analysis.

Reinforcing Kurdish 120 thousands member military in active duty with additional 200 thousand in inactive status ( mostly including combat proven war veterans) only in Iraqi Kurdistan will cause to bring permanent political stability to Kurdistan and Iraq and salvage them from the peril of "dangerous Islamic extremist ideologies " emanating from Iraq’s neighboring states like Iran. It will additionally help:

1- Force anti-US Iraqi groups and parties to be more reliant on US tutelage, fearing Kurdish rising power and agree to prolonged US presence in that country. I will inflame more nationalistic sentiments and boost more unification among warring Arabs population Vis-a Vis Kurds.

2- Help expedite US democracy propagation agenda in the Middle East. A military regime in North of Iraq (Kurdistan) will coalesce scattered Kurds in Iran, Syria, Turkey and Iraq, advocate their rights, exert more leverage and ultimately destabilize those anti-US hostile regimes.

3- Hamper oil trade to Iran from Kurdistan, cutting off the 8-10 Billion Tehran-KRG bilateral Annual trade, further undermining Iranian worsening economic state.

4- Strengthen Kurdish political groups’ position in Syria, Iran and Turkey.

5-Construct a nationalist, militaristic counter Iranian front in case of a pre-emptive military strike on its nuclear facility. Boost more cooperation and coordination among KRG-All Kurds-Washington.

6-Curtail Iranian, Syrian, Turkish meddling into Iraqi internal affairs, arming of terrorist groups and plans to invigorate Shiite hostile groups against coalition forces from Northern Iraqi frontier (Kurdistan).

7- Hinder Islamist parties to emerge as a strong political entity in Kurdistan.

8- Thwart the outbreak of civil conflict, violence, persecution of religious minorities in Kurdistan by more touting nationalism and national unity.
9- Hamper widespread Corruption in Kurdistan, especially at the higher echelon.

10- Pressure Turkey to adopt a more pro-US and Pro-Israeli stance, respect human rights and ceases its marginalization of non-Turkish, non-Muslim minorities.

Kurds can offer special contribution to global peace, development of regional economy and US Middle East democratization Agenda. Like many other states, Kurdistan will have to eventually transition back to democracy, but given the substance of time, it is both in Kurdish and American interests to adopt a junta regime for Iraqi Kurdistan, at least for now.

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 You may reach the author via email at: [email protected]

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