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Saturday, October 13, 2007

When others tell USA to be 'multilateral', REMEMBER THIS

Turkey preparing for November invasion of Kurdistan, northern Iraq, longterm stay
World Tribune:
ANKARA — Turkey has placed its military on the highest state of alert in preparation for a major invasion of neighboring Iraq that could take place by the end of November.
Officials said the Turkish military has deployed tens of thousands of troops, backed by attack helicopters, main battle tanks, armored personnel carriers and artillery, in forward positions along the Iraqi border. They said the Turkish force could cross the Iraqi border and attack the Kurdish Workers Party within hours of any order.

"There is a very tense situation along the Iraqi border, and the military is waiting for the green light," an official said.raq.

On Wednesday, the U.S. House Foreign Relations Committee passed a resolution that deemed Turkey responsible for the killing of 1.5 million Armenians during World War I. Turkey has warned of a crisis in U.S. relations if the resolution, which termed the Armenian deaths a genocide, was passed by the full House.

Turkey has served as the route for 70 percent of U.S. air cargo headed for Iraq. About one-third of U.S. military fuel as well as 95 percent of new vehicles designed to resist improvised explosive devices in Iraq were said to pass through Turkey.

"Access to airfields and to the roads and so on in Turkey would very much be put at risk if this resolution passes and Turkey reacts as strongly as we believe they will," U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said.

Allies either respect each other's democrat processes or they do not. If Turkey,which has already recalled it's ambassador to the USA, has a reaction to our representative and elected officials recognizing the reality of 1915, no matter how supposedly ill timed, then WE need to examine the propriety of their being American 'allies'. Perhaps with the death of the Warsaw Pact the impetus of their people's new or not so new, but more public Islamic fundamental bent, it is time to end this relationship. The Turkish army MUST be part of this action, and it is THEY who have been held up as the bulwark of 'secularism' (is this like Iranian moderate mullahs?).

There can be very little doubt that this action will put them face to face with the Kurds who have supported us tooth and nail, and with American forces as well. Is this the proper reaction to a vote by those who must hew to the will of the American people every 2 years, ostensibly the friends and allies, of those same American people? Perhaps given what the Turkish people and THEIR elected assembly decided in 2002 and 2003, and what we have done, there is truly precious little friendship between the peoples themselves.

Given the incredible success of Valley of the Wolves, I don't think there is much doubt left.

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This is not well timed, but reality has been known to assert itself.

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