Why the Kurdistan Referendum?



Given the obstacles Kurds face, what can they expect the day after they vote for independence?

We, the Kurdish Diaspora community lives between hope and fear. Finally, there is a vision of a dreamed own state, but there is also fear that the referendum will lead to new violence in the coming Monday. "Still, this is the right time," says Bakir Lashkari. "Then there will be an end to the oppression of the Kurds."

The 63-year-old Lashkari fled in the 1970s for the terrorist regime of Saddam Hussein to The Netherlands. "I've experienced the napalm bombardments, losing my youngest brother. My father and two other brothers were in prison for 1.5 years because of their political activities. I am convinced that a state of its own will prevent a repeat of it. The current government in Baghdad is as bad for the Kurds as the regime of Saddam. "

Like many of the more than 50,000 Iraqi Kurds in the Netherlands, has also encountered the horrors in Iraq. "Together with families, some experienced the chemical poison gas attack of Halabja in 1988, and for that and after that many war and oppression. Freedom, self-determination and security are the ultimate rights of every nation. "

However, the world urges the Kurds to postpone the referendum. However, "There are so many complicated conflicts of interest that there is never an ideal moment. Therefore, the knot must be cut down, the sooner the better. "

Some might be expecting a war with Baghdad, but fears mainly for internal tensions. Every Kurdish want independence.

We, the Kurds deplore the fact that are being threatened by the international community. "Yet, that does not matter much, "If we believe in ourselves. The first step is always the hardest. Change gives resistance, but time will decrease. "

The Kurds are in any case supported by Israel. "We tend to see Israel as a role model for an independent Kurdistan: a small nation surrounded by enemies, but with a strategic alliance with the United States." He hopes that the two will work together in the future. "We are the only nation in the region that does not hate Israel and the United States."

Kurds will vote overwhelmingly in favor of independence. A state of their own has long been a dream for Kurds who feel they were unfairly denied independence in the wake of World War I.

Given the obstacles Kurds face, what can they expect the day after they vote for independence?

The referendum attaches no timeline to independence despite Barzani’s declaration that the results will be binding. It is all about the people’s will of Kurdistan and not of any Kurdistan Political parties.

The real problem Kurdistan will face the day after its referendum, however, is Iran.

Vote YES on September 25, Iraqi Kurds will head to the polls not only in Iraqi Kurdistan, but also in territories disputed between Erbil and Baghdad to vote in a referendum on whether Iraqi Kurdistan should become independent.

What happened in Year 2000 and Millennium, the day after in Kurdistan will be the same reality and Kurdistan can start conducting its own independence day.


Written by:

Bakir Lashkari (Executive MBA)

Chairman for Kurdish Diaspora & Intellectual Society in Europe

Public Speaker and Debater on International Governance, Risk, Compliance and Security, on subjects fighting Corruption & Financing Terrorism.