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Not every Kurdish nationalist is a KDP stooge

By Mohammed Rwanduzy 3/9/2018
Kurds in Sulaimani stage a peaceful protest against measures imposed by Baghdad in response to the independence referendum last September. File photo: Sartip Othman/Rudaw
Kurds in Sulaimani stage a peaceful protest against measures imposed by Baghdad in response to the independence referendum last September. File photo: Sartip Othman/Rudaw
Kurdish nationalists have come to find themselves under fire from different forces, especially since the September 2017 independence referendum, for walking the line of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and described as stooges and blind followers of that party’s agenda.

They are vilified as having sold themselves and their principles and blamed for the political calamities and deterioration of ties with Baghdad after the referendum.

It can’t be denied that the KDP is currently the one party leading the nationalist rhetoric both at home and in dealing with Baghdad. But it has become the norm of the day to attack and malign anyone speaking of Kurdish independence and regard them agents of the KDP even if someone has been a historical critic of that party but now happens to agree on one thing.

It is not only local Kurdish parties or individuals waging this kind of war. Iraqi politicians and ordinary citizens too now classify the Kurds into the two categories of “Good Kurds” and “Bad Kurds”. Bad Kurds are those who speak of an independent state and good Kurds are those who want to remain part of “the beloved Iraq.”

This is wrong on so many levels. At the first glance it discredits Kurdish nationalism—existing long before the KDP was conceived—and touting them as mouthpieces of a certain party.

In reality many Kurdish nationalists have been anti-KDP, anti-PUK, and blamed them for why Kurdistan isn’t independent. To dismiss such people as KDP agents is unfair, and belittles their actual efforts to end the monopoly of two parties on the politics of the Kurdistan Region.

It is also unfair to others to associate all Kurdish nationalism with the KDP or just one party and disregard the work and struggle of others throughout history for a free and an independent Kurdistan which may not be less than that of the KDP if not on the same scale.

Parties such as the Change Movement (Gorran), the Islamic League (Komal) and others have wrongly thrown away any talk of Kurdish nationalism because they equate it with corruption, oil money and political monopoly.

Acting like this and with this mindset they simply give the helm of Kurdish nationalism to the KDP and PUK—those they oppose—on a silver plate.

It also serves the enemies of Kurdistan and the central government in Baghdad who have spared no effort to discredit Kurdish national aspirations by every means possible.

It is this very nationalism that led to the creation of the autonomous Kurdistan Region and a breathing space for political parties to operate and voice their grievances.

The other Kurdish parties need to come back to their sense and drop their anti-Kurdish nationalism rhetoric and know that it isn’t the invention of the KDP alone or any one party.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rudaw.


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Long Live The Kurdish Statre | 3/9/2018
Long live the Kurdish State
Unite | 3/9/2018
Nationalism is a sense of existence of identity of a nation. It does not belong to any party, group or committee irrespective of their philosophy or directions; it belongs to the people. While KDP picked up the flag and raised it; showed the world that the 93% of the Kurdish people (the bad Kurds) in the Kurdistan part of Iraq voiced their support for independence, the other parties dithered to to support the movement. One of the main reason for the dithering was the pure political nonsense of they didn't want KDP to be cast in the history as the champion of independence should the people of Kurdistan managed to gain their independence. They used the excuse of "it is not the right time" but they failed to say when is the right time; even now, they don't know when is the right time. This political nonsense has damaged the Kurdish cause and once again they were the cause of suppression of the voice of 93% of the Kurdish nation (I mean the bad Kurds). Nationalism is a worse fear in the heart of the enemy because it is the only thing that has kept the Kurds to survive for centuries, even before the KDP.
Shervan | 3/9/2018
You cant call yourselve a kurdish nationalist and say Erdogan is a good guy. The KDP "nationalists" are silent when turkish Army and police are destroying kurdish citys and killig innocent kurdish people. What kind of a nationalist is this?
Trinity | 3/9/2018
fake kurds supports many parties real kurds support only one party the kurdish one. the one that is meant to serve not like all kurdish parties that play kindergarden and hillbily like deception on each other.
big papa | 3/9/2018
KDP IS THE ONLY TRUE PARTY WHO CARES FOR ITS PEOPLE IN THE REGION AND OUTSIDE THE KURDISH REGION AS WELL! I believe it is time for KDP to run Iraq presidency and pave a solid foundation for the future of Iraq and Kurdistan region! HAR BEJIT MALA BARZAN!

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