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Syrian Kurdish Dissident: “America Should Support the Kurdish Independence Referendum”

On September 25, Kurdistan is holding a referendum for independence.

Already, Aldar Khalil, the government spokesman for the Kurdish region in Syria, expressed that the Syrian Kurds are interested in a confederation with Iraqi Kurdistan. Given the divisions between the KRG who has positive trade relations with Turkey and Khalil’s group who is working together with the Assad regime, Syrian Kurdish dissident Sherkoh Abbas argued that it is a good sign.

He emphasized that for a number of reasons, the United States of America should welcome this development and support the Kurdish Referendum for Independence.

Khalil stressed that for starters, an independent Kurdistan will bring the Shia Crescent to a halt. According to Abbas, Saudi Arabia and other Sunni Gulf states have recently started to view an independent Kurdistan in a positive light just so that they will be able to confront Iranian aggression in the Middle East region better.

He noted that this has been reflected in their social media: “The GCC had Israel as enemy number one and the Kurds as number two. Now that has changed. Now, they are willing to divide Iraq and Syria so that it could be a buffer against Iran. They view it positively as a way to roll back Iran’s gains as well as the Muslim Brotherhood in Ankara.”

“It is important to be on the side of the GCC, Israel and the Kurds,” he proclaimed. “In the past, anywhere we went in the US Congress and US Senate, they said wait a minute; we have a lot of interests with 21 Arab nations. If we support Kurdish independence, it could hurt our vital economic interests. What we can do is promote human rights and democracy.”

“Now with a shift in the Arab position not viewing the Kurds and Israelis as enemies, now it is easier for all of these nations to support the Kurds for it is not opposed by Kuwait, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Egypt. Those countries don’t view the Kurds as a threat but an opportunity to roll back the Shia Crescent and the threat to the Al Saud kingdom emerging in Ankara, who wants to get rid of the Al Saud family and to be the Khalifa.”

Abbas noted that two years ago, the Arabs would never let Iraq and Syria split for it is Arab land. Now, he claimed that they know if they keep it whole, it is for Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood and that undermines the Saudi kingdom so they now think it is good to let the people of those nations go their own way and to roll back those threats. He added that it is critical to note that the United States does not need to place boots on the grounds in order to confront Iranian aggression in the Middle East.

Since a good portion of the population in the Islamic Republic of Iran consists of minorities like the Azeris, Balochis, Kurds and Ahwazi Arabs, Abbas emphasized these groups can merely do an uprising and enable the Iranian regime to collapse from within as the Syrian and Iraqi Kurds unite in order to form their own independent state, which is ready to be an American base in the Middle East and to be of utmost assistance in America’s struggle against international terrorism.

He stressed that such a strategy can shrink Iran in half and significantly reduce Iranian hegemonic influence in the Middle East without putting the life of a single American soldier in jeopardy.

Finally, an Iraqi source added that America should support an independent Kurdistan for it is the right thing to do after the Baathists and then the Shia militias alongside ISIS terrorized the Kurdish population. Since 2014, the Iraqi central government cut the budget at the same time that the Kurds faced ISIS and the KRG absorbed 2 million refugees.

However, the source emphasized that the KRG to Barzani’s credit did not give up hope of building a pro-Western democratic country that grants human rights, minority rights and women’s rights to all its citizens who would be willing to help the United States in its struggle against terrorism under less than optimal conditions while facing not so supportive neighbors.

The source claimed that America should support Barzani in this just struggle as the Kurds deserve to have what every other nation on earth has. They have their own unique language, culture and national history. They were a state in the past. The source noted that there is no reason why they should not be a state in the future. And for all of these reasons, the source proclaimed that the Unites States should support an independent Kurdistan.

 

Author

Rachel Avraham
Rachel Avraham

Rachel Avraham is a senior media research analyst at the Center for Near East Policy Research and a correspondent for the Israel Resource News Agency. She is based in Israel and publishes in a variety of media outlets throughout the world. She is the author of "Women and Jihad: Debating Palestinian Female Suicide Bombings in the American, Israeli and Arab media." Avraham has an MA in Middle Eastern Studies from Ben-Gurion University and a BA in Government and Politics with minors in Jewish Studies and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Maryland at College Park.

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