Vol. 32, No. 3 (Fall 2007)
An Independent Kurdish State: Achievable
or Merely a Kurdish Dream?
University of South Australia
Despite the claim that Kurds intend to remain part of Iraq,
it is highly unlikely that they will remain within the country’s
borders. For the past 80 years or more, Iraq’s centralized system
of control has failed to accommodate the Kurds, and it is apparent
that federalism, too, is a form of government that will fail
to satisfy them. The Kurdish goal of independence is apparent
in the system they have developed within their state, and this
could challenge any future plan for further integration back
into Iraq. This goal is also evidenced in popular demands for
independence in Kurdistan and in Kurdish politicians’ warnings
that they will separate if violence, intolerance, or tyranny
continue in Iraq. The nature of Iraq’s divided society constantly
produces civil war and intolerance, and the reality is that
it is a nation dominated by ethnic-nationalism and clashing
ideologies and interests, but lacking a unifying national identity.
Therefore, it is not Kurdish secession that causes continuing
communal violence; it is the forced unification of people with
different interests and ideologies.