"The proverbial term “Gordian knot” means an intricate problem that can be solved by bold action and thinking out of the box. The metaphor is associated with Alexander the Great who according to the Greek mythology managed to untie an tangled knot by cutting it with his sword. Kurdistan in Iraq (KRI) is facing a similar dilemma in its drive for independence: will it separate from Iraq by declaring independence in one bold stroke, or do it through negotiations with the central government in Baghdad for amicable separation?"