Kurdistan: Avoiding the ‘Happiness’ of Being Compared to the Gulf States

By David Jalil Zare:

image from top of Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest skyscraper, Dubai (AFP/Marwan Naamani)

image from top of Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest skyscraper, Dubai (AFP/Marwan Naamani)

Like millions of my fellows of Kurdish origin I care about Kurdistan and how to work to make it a place of peace and prosperity. I believe taking the Arabic Gulf States as the model for advancing society and wealth is the worst that can happen to us. It would be truly disastrous for our youth to follow that path of selling oil just for big cars and houses. As we can see, this materialistic approach has generated those terror and psycho networks that make the killing of innocent people their hobby! It is a big shame for the Middle Eastern man to spoil to such a degree that he does not respect the most precious thing of all: Life, Jian.

The Gulf States, despite their riches, have failed to spread education and justice. Instead many of the fanatics come from these places that on the surface look enticing but deep inside are corrupt and empty. The ghost of superficial beauty, in place of the spirit of true balance in society, has done lots of damage to people’s minds and hearts and the Daesh is a manifestation of this.

We Kurds do not need to be like them, building shopping malls and hotels and big cars instead of hospitals, schools and universities and science for our people.

Looking around the world I am sure we can find many nations with strength coming through knowledge and a passion for science and education. I think we need to share the idea that Kurdistan is more than a piece of land; I believe it’s every one of us with the values we grew up with. Every one of us, wherever we live and whatever we do, represents the Kurdish soul, and becoming experts is the best we can do for our people, today and tomorrow; the best for our families and loved ones who are Kurdistan.

In other words, to me, in this 21st century the global networks connecting the world through education and Knowledge are the strong foundation needed to build a safe house for us to live in peace and joy.

David Jalil Zare is a research scientist from Sna (Rojhalat) who lives in San Jose, California.

3 Responses to Kurdistan: Avoiding the ‘Happiness’ of Being Compared to the Gulf States
  1. Kuvan Bamarny
    April 4, 2015 | 09:09

    Despite the issue of budget problem that KRG have with Baghdad ,whatever amount of the budget that is send over to KRG,needs to be carefully and professionally allocated and invested on most important needs,projects ,programs and sectors every year.The most important needs of the Kurdistan and Kurdish people should be prioritized and arranged in degree of importance.What are the most important needs that should be worked and invested on?

    The basic needs of people of Kurdistan such food,shelter,clothing,health ,education and security are the most important need of human beings to survive.What comes next is building up the infrastructure of the land,and than investment on arising and improving the standards of the life of people.However there is an economic ,political and social gab in the society among different people in Kurdistan.The wealth ,power and job opportunities are divided unequally.The society has been divided into 3 classes,the Elites whom have a luxurious life,the middle class whom work to make their basic needs met,and the down class that suffer from hunger ,shelter,clothing ,health care and hardly survive for long.

    It is such an odd and shameful picture to see a homeless Kurdish man or woman sit by the curb of a street or lean against the wall of a luxurious business place,stretching his/her hand and beg for some change to survive.

    It is such a shame to see a young ,poor girl sell her virginity and body ,making a porn film for few hundred dollars to pay her rent ,buy some food and clothing with that money.

    It is such a shame to see a man or a woman hold a university degree yet remain jobless and out of no choice work constriction ,pull a wagon of cement to an illiterate bricklayer who every off and on shout and yell at the educated man for not supplying him 2 bucket of cement in each trip and at once.

    According to the constitution of Iraq/Kurdistan,equality and the basic human needs of people of Kurdistan come first and before anything and everything else, because if people suffer than the land,parks,flowers,brand new cars ,malls,shops, sky scrapers are meaningless.

    Kuvan Bamarny/Duhok

    • David
      April 5, 2015 | 00:26

      you are absolutely right in every single point you make. First come food shelter and health. lets always work toward its happening in Kurdistan and elsewhere.
      Sipas, dj

  2. Patriot Peshmarga
    April 7, 2015 | 07:28

    Who are the ” The Medes” cited in Holy Bible?

    Isaiah 13:17-22King James Version (KJV)

    17 Behold, I will stir up the Medes (Kurds) against them, which shall not regard silver; and as for gold, they shall not delight in it.

    18 Their bows also shall dash the young men to pieces; and they shall have no pity on the fruit of the womb; their eyes shall not spare children.

    19 And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldees’ excellency, shall be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.

    20 It shall never be inhabited, neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation: neither shall the Arabian pitch tent there; neither shall the shepherds make their fold there.

    21 But wild beasts of the desert shall lie there; and their houses shall be full of doleful creatures; and owls shall dwell there, and satyrs shall dance there.

    22 And the wild beasts of the islands shall cry in their desolate houses, and dragons in their pleasant palaces: and her time is near to come, and her days shall not be prolonged.

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