- Turkey war in
Kurdistan (Northern Iraq), a new genocide? This is the way for
Turkey to join EU? -
The coming war in
From the Times:
Turkey’s Parliament voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to authorize
sending troops into northern Iraq to confront Kurdish rebels in
hide-outs there, sending an angry message to the Baghdad government
and its Washington sponsor. But Turkey, a member of NATO, made it
clear that it would not immediately carry out the resolution.
The 507-to-19 vote was the culmination of months of frustration here
with the United States, which has criticized Kurdish rebels who
attack Turkey from Iraq but has failed to get its Kurdish allies in
Iraq to act against them. President Bush on Wednesday reiterated
American wishes for a diplomatic solution.
The vote to authorize sending troops, which Turkish officials say
gives them up to a year to take action, was, in essence, a blunt
request for the United States to acknowledge Turkey’s status as an
important ally in a troubled and complex region.
Some will argue that this is precisely why Congress shouldn't
proceed with the Armenian Genocide resolution -- that is, to
maintain good relations with Turkey -- but this was going to happen
anyway, tension and conflict in the region dating back to well
before the American invasion and occupation of Iraq.
A diplomatic solution is, of course, desirable, but that would
likely require the U.S. to put pressure both on friendly Kurds in
the north of Iraq and on the inept Maliki government in Baghdad, as
well as for Maliki to work closely both with Turkey and with his own
Kurdish allies. Even then, though, one wonders if a peaceful
resolution is possible, given the strident communist-nationalist
aims (and violent means) of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). The
establishment of an independent and sovereign Kurdistan could blunt
those aims, and could be the main component of a peaceful
resolution, but it seems unlikely that the PKK would agree to the
terms of such an arrangement.
Regardless, although Turkey may take no immediate military action,
the situation in Iraq could soon get a lot messier -- and a lot more