"Let the U.S. Try and Stop Us"
"Transform[ing] the Kurdish Dream into a Turkish Nightmare"
Another world problem promises to get thornier in a hurry. The Turks are tired of their soldiers being picked off as the U.S. works to head off an escalation on the Turkey-Iraq border. As more Turkish soldiers head to the border area, politicians on both sides seek a solution.
The troubles from the Kurdistan area that encompasses Iraq, Turkey and parts of several other countries are updated. From CNN:
Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan rejected reports of an apparent cease-fire offer from Kurdish separatists Tuesday after arriving in Baghdad for talks with Iraqi leaders aimed at defusing tensions along the countries' shared border.
Babacan was responding to Iraqi claims that the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which Turkey accuses of launching attacks on its territory from bases in Iraq, was ready to declare a unilateral truce.
But he said cease-fires were only possible between "states and regular forces," The Associated Press reported. "The problem here is that we're dealing with a terrorist organization."
Babacan's visit comes after U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and British Foreign Secretary David Miliband jointly urged Iraq to take "immediate steps" to prevent Kurdish separatists from carrying out attacks against Turkey.
There's obviously no easy answers here. The Turks want the incursions from the PKK to stop. This is entirely reasonable. If Canadian terrorists were coming across the US border and murdering civilians and soldiers, the outcry would be deafening. With the al-Qaeda problems abating in Iraq, the U.S. doesn't need another security worry. The Kurdish north of Iraq has been relatively quiet, but the PKK can't leave the Turks alone.
One hopes that a solution can be reached before more blood is shed, but it doesn't look very promising at this point.
Not helpful are voices like this:
"What if American F-16s come in front of us to block us? Let them try, that's their business. … Our targets will be on Barzani's military and economic targets. Our goal will be to transform the 'Kurdish dream' into a 'Turkish nightmare.'"To say 'passions run deep on both sides' is an understatement. Strong passions on both sides are what war is all about.
You just knew how the New York Times, ever the optimist, would handle this news. 1-It was Bush's fault; 2-The news out of Iraq is terrible; and, 3-It was Bush's fault. All that in the lead paragraph and then a bit of concern over what it might all mean.
The news out of Iraq just keeps getting worse. Now Turkey is threatening to send troops across the border to wipe out Kurdish rebel bases, after guerrillas killed at least a dozen Turkish soldiers. This latest crisis should have come as no surprise. But it is one more widely predicted problem the Bush administration failed to plan for before its misguided invasion — and one more problem it urgently needs to deal with as part of a swift and orderly exit from Iraq.On the subject of Iraq, the Times would spin the sudden discovery of an Iraqi Fountain of Youth into an insidious Bush plot to rid the world of old people.
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