Bravo South Kurdistan
Hope in a referendum signed
by 1.7 million people
November 21, 2004
Bravo South Kurdistan. You ought to be commended for your efforts
in this very critical stage to be part of the solution. You have
been betrayed over and over by all of the dominant powers in your
neighborhood, yet you are hopeful and keep working with them.
have experienced humiliation, discrimination, abuse, murder of
your freedom fighters, and bombing of your cities and villages
with conventional and even chemical weapons, yet you are willing
to go extra miles and hope that your opponents will turn civil
and acknowledge your rights at some point.
You know the generals in the northern side of your border have
done everything to eliminate your language, culture, and identity,
yet you are willing to trade with them, hoping the European Union
will bring them to their senses to modify their approach toward
your existence as a nation.
You know the Bathist leaders on the
western side of your borders ideologically and behaviorally are
not much different than the one on your side of the border, yet
you send delegates to them, hoping they have learned a lesson
from the history of their cousin who was caught in a hole.
by whom and under what condition the dedicated leaders of your
people on the eastern side of your borders were assassinated
in Vienna and Berlin, yet you are willing to negotiate with the
of their brutal murders, hoping they will change their mind
and leave you in peace!
You indicated your hope in a referendum signed by 1.7 million
people, yet you remain cautious and allow your leaders to distance
themselves from your wish, hoping to prevent aggravating your opponents.
You know some of your members who now hold prominent positions
their inner feelings and ignore mentioning your name by
advocating unity under any condition, hoping the public on the
southern side of your current common country endorses them as non-separatist,
as if separatism would be a crime!
Please don't take me
wrong; unity with zero tolerance for inequality and discrimination,
as might be the case in a healthy marriage, is a noble concept.
Yet, you know one of your prominent female leaders who almost
became a role model for a free thinking new generation women in
gave up her own dignity by marrying a prominent married man,
hoping to resolve a contemporary ethnic conflict with a tactic
Despite knowing your history and tactics of your opponents, despite
the odds of being surrounded by aggressive neighbors, despite the
critique from the ignorant world for being the loyal ally of the
most powerful country, which is determined to stop the maladaptive
behavior of tyrannies step by step with whatever it takes, you
remain calm and cautious.
You are making progress, you are building
instead of destroying, and you are educating your next generation
for a better life for themselves and for all, and therefore you
are our hope in all sides of your artificial borders. Bravo South
Kurdistan! We hope you remain the advocate of freedom and peace
in the region!
Kamal H. Artin, MD, is from the Kurdish-American Education
Society in Orange County, California.