Iran sees Challenge of Kurdish Referendum as Opportunity

“The struggle of the Kurdish nation in the different parts of Kurdistan is interlinked,” said Loghman Ahmadi, the spokesman of the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI), in an interview with Al-Monitor, adding, “A positive development in one part of Kurdistan is positive for all other parts of Kurdistan.”

Ahmadi explained that the KDPI enjoys what he called “tactical and strategic patience,” yet he stressed that, “with an enemy like Iran, you need to take advantage of every opportunity to weaken the regime.”

The cautiousness in dealing with the Kurds in Iran has been a challenge for the Iranian state for the past 100 years. This is not an issue related solely to the Islamic Republic or the Pahlavi dynasty, but rather a grander question. The Simko Shikak revolution in 1918-1922, the Kurdish Republic of Mahabad in 1946 and the insurgency that ignited after the Islamic Revolution in 1979, all together tell the story of the Kurdish dream not only in Iran, but in Iraq, Syria and Turkey.

A dream that’s regarded by the aforementioned states as a nightmare that no one wants to think of because it means the formation of a new entity, or new entities, while transforming the affected countries from strong, multiethnic states into weak and threatened ones.

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