Turkey may end up invading northern Iraq.

Just when you thought things in Iraq couldn’t get any worse comes word that Turkey is considering invading Iraq to quell Kurdish guerrillas:

Turkish officials signaled Tuesday they are prepared to send the army into northern Iraq if U.S. and Iraqi forces do not take steps to combat Turkish Kurdish guerrillas there – a move that could put Turkey on a collision course with the United States.

Turkey is facing increasing domestic pressure to act after 15 soldiers, police and guards were killed fighting the guerrillas in southeastern Turkey in the past week.

“The government is really in a bind,” said Seyfi Tashan, director of the Foreign Policy Institute at Bilkent University in Ankara. “On the one hand, they don’t want things to break down with the United States. On the other hand, the public is crying for action.”

I seem to recall this being one of the nightmare scenarios discussed back at the start of the war that Bush and friends swore would never happen because they’d thought of everything in their planning for the war. U.S. Ambassador Ross Wilson has said that it would be a bad idea for Turkey to try and act unilaterally which is a tad bit hypocritical considering that’s exactly what we did when we invaded Iraq in the first place.

18 thoughts on “Turkey may end up invading northern Iraq.

  1. As time goes on with this idiotic war, we find more evidence of ways we just rushed in with no thinking or foresight.  So when are we as Americans going to hold Bush accountable for this shit?

  2. So when are we as Americans going to hold Bush accountable for this shit?


    That would be “never”.  He will leave office, appear on FOX news a lot as a guest hero, a library will be built somewhere in his honor (irony of ironies!) and he will have a comfortable retirement basking in the glory of his whacko fundiecrat homeies.

  3. Iraq [US] = Lebanon
    Turkish Kurdish Guerillas = Hezbollah
    Turkey = Israel

    Turkey: “Do something about it or we will come in and do something about it”

  4. Really a shame if it happens, because Kurdistan seems the most stable and sane part of the whole Iraq mess.

    If history was about making sense and getting along, they would split Iraq, Turkey and Iran would give up some sections of their countries for a Kurdish nation…

    Ah, no. That would be too ridiculous even for a trash novel…

  5. Ing: Ah, no. That would be too ridiculous even for a trash novel…

    Yeah. Even though it makes sense.
    But who’s gonna be courageous enough to make a similar Israel/Palistine decision again?
    Jeez. The Poms have a lot to answer for.

  6. Jeez. The Poms have a lot to answer for.

    Ah, but they’ll have to wait for the Ottomans, the Persians and the Assyrians to get their drubbing first. I mean, first come, first served!

  7. ING:

    LH: I mean, first come, first served!

    I expected one from LH … Xin Loi.
    At the end of that poem is a ref to: Uc-dai-loi.
    Translated it means Big Red Rat = Qantas.

  8. I expected one from LH

    Jeez- I’m getting trashed for stuff I didn’t even say!!!!  Didi Mau I believe the expression is (course my Vietnamise isn’t great)

    All as a result of a crumbling British Empire and a Balfour Declaration.

    Come on be fair. Part of the reason for modern Israel is that there was a demand for a Jewish homeland, and we pulled out after Jewish terrorists kept killing British soldiers after the war.  We’d just had 6 years of it so weren’t really prepared to carry on.  This of course meant that that particular bit of desert was ripe for the taking by any one who could get the US onboard.

  9. LH: Didi Mau I believe the expression is

    Didi Mau … haven’t heard that one in a while.
    Interesting, I just found out where ‘the whole nine yards’ came from.

    Come on be fair.

    I didn’t say it. Jack did.

    Downing Street said Mr Straw’s remarks were “a sensible statement of history”.

    and Tony agreed with him.

  10. KPG: It’s a great story, unfortunately the real truth behind the saying doesn’t appear so clear cut.

    I shoulda taken the time delve deeper like Cecil did.
    He blew the theory I was happy with, away. smile

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