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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Turkey to invade Iraq?!

Apparently with Kurdish Rebels recently attacking Turkish military, Turkey is seriously considering the invasion of Kurdistan in an effort to get rid of the PKK presence there.

Now, honestly, I don't blame them for wanting to do so. The Kurds should not be attacking the Turkish government. Their reasoning is that they want a Kurdish homeland. First of all, I don't believe in any nation built upon race. If a nation is built upon race, there is always danger of harassment of minority races.

Second, even if they deem a Kurdish nation necessary to preserve their culture, there seems to be a chance of one being built already. Iraqi President Jalal Talabani supprts the federalisation of Iraq. Basically Iraq would end up similar to the U.S. or U.K. with one central government controlling big things like national defence and basic rights for all Iraqi's, otherwise there would semi-autonomous states/regions for the Shi'ites, Sunnis, and Kurds.

Honestly, dispite the Presidents good intentions (presumably to stop the violence by giving these different groups more control over themselves, as the violent ones wish), I'm not entirely sure how much I support the idea. I think it is very important in the big worldwide picture for Shi'ites, Sunnis, and Kurds to be able to get along together. The world will never be a fully peaceful place untill we alltreat eachother as one big family.

However, the point is, even if the PKK can't be convinced that a Kurdish state isn't what God wants, there is no reason for them to be violent about it. If they simply peacefully politically promote a fully federalized Iraq, they will basicallyu have their Kurdish homeland in the form of an Iraqi-protected and funded(shares of oil revenue) Kurdistan. There is no reason to demand a Kudish state within southern Turkey when there is already one being created right next door in Northern Iraq.

At the same time, I do not beleive Turkey has a right to send troops into Iraq without permission for the Iraqi government. However, the Iraqi government (as well as the U.S. wich does consider the PKK a terrorist orginisation) need to step up its efforst to stop the PKK. They have started, but I beleive they need to do more. When Iran is having to shell these terrorists who are getting to close to their borders, we know the coalition is not doing its job(not that I condone Iran's actions entirely-they should have pressed harder before taking action themselves.).

Meanwhile, I thought I'd mention that VOA News has set up a site dedicated to it's news artivcles on what's happening in Burma. It is called "Burma's Struggle for Democracy." It seems I'm gaining a liking of this particular news company, wich has been around since 1942.


Jim Osborn said...

I agree wholeheartedly. I think American federalism is a model for the world. In Iraq, for example, why not divide the country into regions, or states, like the United States, with each state forming its own laws, with the exception of national defense and other nation-wide priorities? Some say this is American imperialism. I think it's sharing a good thing.

Fipher said...

Congradulations on being my first commenter dad!

By the way, here's an update: "Ignoring pleas for restraint from Washington, Baghdad and other capitals, Turkish lawmakers approved the request from Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan for the authority to send counter-terrorism troops into Iraq at any time during the next year." - the LA Times

For the full printer-friendly report, go here:,1,1292777,print.story?coll=la-headlines-frontpage&ctrack=1&cset=true