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December 13, 2011

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Toward Self-rule, Not Islamization of South Kurdistan

Kurdishaspect.com – By Dilshad Mohammad

Accelerated by “Arab Spring” for a discrete goal (self-rule), Kurds in South of Kurdistan (Iraq) ignited an unrivaled revolution whose flames are steadily but boisterously engulfing the entire country. Kurds have been long-sufferingly tarrying for such an opportunity to ultimately plead for their alienable right to self-rule. 

“Arab Spring” has had a definite impact, but it was not the main drive behind recent Kurdish recalcitrance. 

The nascent revolution in Kurdistan, by no means can be interrelated to the self-styled “Great Islamic awakening”, as some theologians have characterized the current uprisings across the Arab world. Overpowering Islamic movements’ assurances of adopting democracy, religious pluralism, and multiculturalism remain indecisive. Some suggest that it could even be a mask used by fundamentalists to first clutch power and later implement their hidden political agendas.

In the wake of recent riots in Kurdish city of Zakho, in Iraqi Kurdistan, the argument of revival of radical Islam in Kurdistan is being propounded once again. Trivial Islamic extremist fundamentalists groups may as well be positing how to skyjack the direction of ongoing and any impending Kurdish revolution. 

Radical Groups such as: Ansar al-Islam, a sunni extremist, Al-Qaeda -affiliated group bent on establishing a Salafi Islamic state in Iraq, one of whose founding leaders is still sermonizing in Norway, has tried to implement Shria law in Kurdistan in past, and been complicated in many terrorist acts. 

The ongoing revolution in Kurdistan has its roots cultured in combating widespread corruption, achieving freedom and dignity for all, freedom of opinion, religion, social justice, balanced development, transfer of authority through electoral means and the separation of powers, accountability and transparency, separation of masque and state, guaranteeing respect for judicial independence and more significantly, establishing an independent Kurdish state for the 6 million plus Kurds in South of Kurdistan, not 'Shariatization' of government system, a law that manifestly restricts the rights of certain social groups and of religious minorities within Kurdistan, especially excluding the vital role of women in society. 

Any Islamification attempt in Kurdistan by Islamic-leaning parties will backfire and bear devastating implications for Kurdish nation. Its saturation not only will be resisted stalwartly, but also fully abjured by the vast majority of liberal-minded Kurds. There is one last reason left that can persuade the Kurds in South of Kurdistan (Iraq) to rise up and that is struggling for their natural right to “independence”. 

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