Turkey cranks up the war wagon

Posted: 10/18/2007 by Floyd in Labels:

A response last week in Istanbul to plans of going into Iraq issued this statement concerning 'our' feelings about them doing so; Despite the US demand that there be no attack, Mr Erdogan is critical of the US saying at a rally in Istanbul last weekend: "Nobody can give us lessons on beyond-border operations. Did the US consult us when it entered Iraq from tens of thousands of thousands of kilometres away?" The vote was 507/19 to launch attacks into northern Iraq to target the PKK.

The simple but very real problem we have is this; The Kurds are really the only bloc in Iraq to approve of America's role in the country, in other words these are about the only friends we have in the whole country and it would not be in our best interests to abandon them. In the past we have favored Turkey in their endeavors against the Kurds but, this time that certainly would not be in our interest.

Restraint is also being urged not only by Washington, but also the UN and as in the past under Saddam they were allowed in to Kurdistan but had little effect on the PKK, which disappeared into the mountains and frankly it seems the effect if any would be minimal now based on past attempts. At best it would destabilize what we have gained with the Kurds and would be at best our worst nightmare, the Iraqi president urged Turkey not to intervene but urged the PKK to stop it's "military activities" while on his trip to Paris he also offered Turkey to open up talks and try to reach an agreement

Turkey votes to open new front in Iraq war - Independent Online Edition > Europe


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  1. Larry says:

    Isn't it ironic. Tuekey is going to attack Iraq, and Bush is upset because they want to attack Iraq, who didn't attack them.

  1. Floyd says:

    That's a good one Larry, if Turkey does go into Northern Iraq it would not be a good day at all for us and I will tell you one more thing that is ironic; Is not it strange that the one people who we did not help or condemn the folks that were attacking them is now showing a majority in favor of America?

    Seems to me someone needs to get their priority's straight, but I can't see anything happening since this 'isolation therapy' has been going on for years now.

  1. Jim says:

    Regarding Turkey : Why in the world have a few of our congressmen recently decided to officially chastise the Turks for genocide of the Armenians during WWI ? Did you read about this proposal, Floyd ( I figure you read most everything)? Why would we want to stir up this hornet's nest? Is it just to distract from the failures of Iraq ? This can't be good.

  1. Jim says:

    Yes, apparently this is coming from Pelosi. I don't see how this helps anyone or anything...

  1. Floyd says:

    You are right Jim,they are always bringing up nonsense. Like the Turkey thing in WW-1, but I hear that the condemning on Turkey is losing momentum and waning out. They are so stupid if the Turks get upset they will not let us use their air base to fly into Iraq, uh, we need the air-strip so for obvious reasons it is best to let sleeping dogs lie.

    But when they get off this dumb move they will move on to something else dumb, they don't know how to do diplomacy and they need that avenue so desperately concerning the Turkey involvement. But Turkey is probably getting paid a hefty price for allowing us to use it's facilities,,we could borrow a few more billion from China and pay 'em off,,the debt is over 9 trillion might as well make it a cool 10 trillion.

    While they are in the mood for condemning things such as genocide, maybe they should take up the condemning of ourselves for the poisonings of the Indians?

  1. Jim says:

    I think you're right. Pelosi is figuring that it will make it harder to fight or even continue the war if we alienate Turkey. I still say it's a terrible idea.

  1. Floyd says:

    It is indeed Jim, we depend on them quite a lot in this war, we must keep them with us. The demise is that if they do go into northern Iraq (Kurdistan) it could jeopardize our only allies or at least close to allies in the whole of Iraq. Pelosi may be thinking along these lines but you and I both know this administration is just going to keep dumping the dollars into this cash cow until they are out of office.