Rabat - As voters in the independence referendum in the Iraqi region of Kurdistan massively opted for separation from the rest of the country, prominent political figures from outside have had a different take on the dispute.
Rabat – As voters in the independence referendum in the Iraqi region of Kurdistan massively opted for separation from the rest of the country, prominent political figures from outside have had a different take on the dispute.
Controversial French writer Bernard Henri Levy praised in an interview with CNN the Kurdish vote, claiming the future state will be “the second democracy” in the region.
The pro-Israeli Jewish author was making a clear reference to Israel, described by its proponents as the “only democracy” in the Middle East.
Levy criticized superpowers such as the United States and his home country France for expressing opposition to the referendum, calling it a huge mistake.
“This is so so sad”, he said during an in interview with GPS, hosted by CNN’s famous journalist Fareed Zakaria. “Frankly, it’s a miscalculation..Here we have a people, who are our natural ally. It proposes to be a true democracy. It is going to be the second democracy in the area. [But instead] we support we support this failed state, this no-state which is Iraq”.
Levy, who has been seen with suspicion in the Arab world for his previous role in garnering support for the Libyan and Syrian armed rebellions, said he was in Kurdistan as an observer of the referendum, adding that the vote met international standards.
The support of the independence of Kurdistan by Levy seems to presents another reasons for the move’s detractors to point to it as a scheme to further divide the Arab world.
Hassan Nasrallah, the emblematic leader of the Lebanese militia of Hezbollah, is one of those who see the Kurdish referendum as another plot to further partition the region, adding that it is the responsibility of Arabs and Muslims to stand against such schemes.
Nasrallah said in a speech on the occasion of the day of Ashura that Israel’s support for the vote is enough proof, for those who had doubts, about the goals behind the referendum.
Despite the US’s open opposition to the vote, Nasrallah argued that the American administration cannot be trusted, predicting that it will change its position as will be the case of European countries.
“Tomorrow we will hear voices [supporting the referendum] in Britain, and in Europe, and the snowball will get bigger”, he said.
The Shia religious and political leader urged Muslim and Arab nations to step up and take action.
“All Arab and Muslim people must stand up and face the division of the region and not deal with it as if it is a minor issue that does not concern it because partition will affect everyone”, he warned.