Friday, July 21, 2006
B/c Israel attacked Lebanon, Turkey now says it has right to invade Kurds in northern Iraq
Now, I've posted about this 2 times (yesterday, and in June) b/c it screams to be heard due to the massive bloody implications if this happens, and now this horrific news comes from Thursday's The NY Sun: " Turkey said that Israel's action in Lebanon to stop Hezbollah attacks meant it should be allowed to take similar steps against Kurdish guerrillas operating from northern Iraq against its forces. (15 Turkish soldiers, police, and security guards have been killed in the southeast of the country in the last wk in clashes with fighters from the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). Despite strong opposition from America, Turkey's military is now drawing up plans for either an air or ground assault. "Whatever step needs to be taken will be taken," the Turkish prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said. Israel's attacks in Lebanon have led to new demands by the Turkish govt that it be allowed to follow suit if American and Iraqi forces do not act quickly against the Kurdish guerrillas, who are believed to be based in northern Iraq's rugged Qandil mountains. The intervention plans are reported to range from limited artillery barrage and airstrikes to attacks by commando forces." And WTF will our Empty-Headed Emperor do if Turkey invades Iraq? Since Turkey is a long-standing ally, will we side w/them? Or since the independent Kurds are simply living peacefully away from most of the chaos in Iraq and "give" our forces little grief, do we side w/them? And how will we explain to the Kurds that we are allowing Turkey to attack them? Will we say that it just a late "liberation" present? Will any fellow Iraqis join up to defend the Kurds? What unbelievable position will that put our troops in? And does Iraq (and the entire "teetering on the edge of collapse" Middle East for that matter) really need-- let alone deserve-- any more invasion, occupation, destruction, and bloodshed??