What has happened to Kurdistan? All was supposedly going well, the de-facto president Masoud Barzani was going across the region, city to city pushing the independence referendum. It was as if the Kurdish people gave him a mandate to bring a lasting state, but that was not the reality. Barzani ignored all calls for postponement, including warning from the United States, United Nations Security Council, European Union, Great Britain, Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and of course Iraq. Barzani also ignored the Kurdish opposition’s concerns and legal procedures. The response from surrounding states was unexpected according to Barzani. The Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) faced immediate sanctions, shutting down of airspace include a stop on all international flights into the region, military drills, threats from Turkey and Iran calling for a nullification of the referendum results.