Why the KDP has Failed to Respond in a Civilised Way in the Events of Sulaymaniah
Kurdishaspect.com - By Mufid Abdulla
Observers to the KDP structure and its organisation do not need to go too far to find out about both these elements of this Party. The KDP is run by a tribal leader which is mainly dominated by the Barzani tribe and other tribes who have been related through marriage, etc. The leader of the KDP has been Mustafa Barzani from the early days of 1946 to 1976 and then the leadership was transferred to his two sons Idres and Masud in 1976, what is called a provisional leadership (KDP). I remember in 1986 when I was in the Targawar and Margawar Valley on the border of Iraq and Iran, the headquarters of the KDP was in Razan village, and as far as I remember their leadership and style has not changed since these days.
The KDP is a tribal party; it is therefore very rare that you will find any outsiders who have any big authority and responsibilities in this type of party. They consider every event as a tribal value, not in terms of the social and economic progress that will be the same for their followers and grassroots. In 1975 when the revolution collapsed, the KDP killed anybody who did not obey Barzani’s orders for not continuing the armed struggle or in some cases these people simply disappeared (Randal, 1998). When the new armed struggle took place in 1977, for the KDP this was the biggest hurdle in front of revolutionary forces and a civil war; we only have to look at how Ali Askari was killed (McDowall,1997). In 1992 when the civil war broke up in Kurdistan, the KDP played a major role with a sister party, namely the PUK. People will never forgive them for that. Latest is 31/08/1996 ! The KDP is an old party which deserves to be broken up. The violent background of the KDP has never taken them anywhere. One of the protesters in Sulaymaniah, who wanted to remain anonymous, told me over the phone, “the KDP must fall, and we will make sure it does”.
Since, 2003 and the collapse of the Saddam regime the KDP did not realise the full implication of the changes. It is reasonable to fear the worse, particularly when you consider the nepotism and corruption which is rife everywhere.
Going back to the very recent events of 17th February, the inevitable consequence of using violence on the inside is that it is escalating violence on the other. 3 people have been killed and 57 have been injured; all of them with bullets on their back! The KDP hates us for our freedom and the KDP hates us for our spirit of revolution. Nichervan Barzani’s press conference has made it even more obvious to all of us how much the KDP is under pressure and how strong is its mood of staunch defiance; he keeps saying that the KDP is a party which prefers dialogue and communication with all political parties. According to him, if they had known several days prior to that tragedy then it would not have been necessary to act like that; ostensibly that was the only reaction for the KDP. I can see the KDP like an American soldier; if somebody attacks him in the middle of Baghdad they will shower bullets all around him in an act of desperation.
I must admit, I was not surprised in the current climate the response of certain writers and other people who call themselves journalists. This nation’s mother has been injured; how do you go about it; this nation’s kids and yours have been raped in daylight, but what are these people thinking of?
With regards to the article by Delovan Barwari, on this website dated 20/02/11 “Violence is deterrence …”, firstly I do not know where this writer lives, if in Kurdistan they should realise not to mix the cause and results of these events in Kurdistan. As for the stability and prosperity mentioned I do not believe any of them have been achieved for the last twenty years; this region has never had any stability for every day that we have had the issues. Then the prosperity the writer refers to; are they calling prosperity the lack of basic services such as electricity and water for the last twenty years?
The architect behind this demonstration is the power of the people, not the Gorran movement. People are furious that Gorran has not responded positively about the events on the 17th February. So, basically people do not want to dissolve the Parliament, people hate the KDP for what they did on the 17th February and for what they are continuing to do. People want an independent judicial system; that is on the lips of every single citizen in Sulaymaniah. Bearing in mind, an uprising started in 1991 from Sulaymaniah and this time it has started from Sulaymaniah again, this is because people are more conscious of the class struggle, etc. I am personally proud of that.
Another writer and editor-in-chief of the Klawrojna website has written on this website, “Peshmarga forces shall remain neutral”. Peshmarga forces have been the tool of the two main Kurdish parties the PUK and KDP; in the eyes of the people they are militia because they are not siding with them. Despite the fact he has been writing about the corruption in Kurdistan for the last few weeks I am not sure if he got any permission from Flakadin Kakay, the KDP’s polit-bureau, before printing it! But in this article there is not the slightest reference to the massacre in Sulaymaniah on the 17th February. Apparently, every Kurdish citizen in Kurdistan knows who murdered Sardasht Osman and Soran Mama Hama apart from Delovan Barwari and Saqi Barzani!
People do not want the collapse of this system they need reform and the ameliorating of the political system to eradicate corruption.
Randal J (1998) Kurdistan, After such Knowledge, What Forgiveness, Bloomsbury Pages 183-189
McDowall D, (1997) The Modern History of the Kurds, Page, I.B, Tauris Publishers,Pages 344-345.