Monday, October 22, 2007

Turkey, the PKK and Israel

Map: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:Kurdish-inhabited_area_by_CIA_%282002%29.jpg





The strategy of fragmentation suggested by Yinon in 1982 is not confined to the Arab world, or even the Middle East. Iran, Turkey, Pakistan and Afghanistan are all part of Yinon's strategic thinking... Israel wants all other countries in the region to be restructured along sectarian, ethnic, doctrinal or racist lines." - Manifest colonial domination

Armenian genocide resolution - "State Department diplomacy is the only thing calming the Turks down enough to keep them from a full-fledged attack on Kurdistan. The resolution has so enraged the Turks that it is the Zionist hope that the State Department will no longer be able to stop the Turks from attacking. Putting Kurdistan into play is intended to cause Iraq to fall apart. The Israelis have decided to instruct their American operatives that breaking Iraq up is so important to Zionist colonialism that Israel is prepared to sell out both its supposed allies, the Turks and the Kurds (not to mention the Americans!)." - permanent link

Ian Bremmer wrote in The Guardian, 22 October 2007, Comment is free: Why Turkey's army will stay home :

"First, the Turkish military has no interest in embracing the risks that come with involvement in Iraq's sectarian strife. A full-scale invasion might well provoke Iraq's own Kurdish guerrillas into a prolonged and bloody battle with Turkish forces that can only undermine support for Erdogan's government at home and abroad.

"Second, Turkey's government hopes to keep the country's bid to join the European Union moving forward. An invasion of Iraq would bring that process to a grinding halt. EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana has made plain that Europe strongly opposes any large-scale Turkish military operation in Iraq.

"Third, Turkey is well aware that an all-out attack inside Iraq is exactly what Turkey's Kurdish separatists want. What better way to damage Turkey than to pull its military into conflict with Iraq, the US and the EU? Erdogan has no intention of being drawn into that trap. Comment is free: Why Turkey's army will stay home


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