Turkey, a member of NATO and a strong U.S. ally, is about to send it's military into northern Iraq, against our wishes...
Turkey's Parliament has resoundingly approved a motion allowing troops to cross into northern Iraq to hunt down Kurdish rebels there.
More than 500 members of Turkey's Parliament approved the motion that authorises Turkish troops to target the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) fighters there.
The vote was taken in defiance of pressure from the US and Iraq, which have called on Turkey for restraint.
Turkey's Western allies and Baghdad have urged Turkey to refrain from military action.
As the Turkish Parliament voted in Ankara, the US President, George W. Bush, said it would not be in Turkey's interests to send troops into Iraq.
Washington fears a Turkish incursion could destabilise the most peaceful part of Iraq and possibly the wider region by encouraging others such as Iran, to intervene.
The PKK, blamed for a deadly suicide bombing in Ankara last month, has been fighting for a homeland since 1984.
"But Ed" you ask, "why wouldn't Turkey be more attentive to our wishes? Why wouldn't they listen to us when we ask them not to send their military into Iraq to kill some nomadic Kurds"? Answer: Most likely because Nancy Pelosi's idiotic proposal this week to have the U.S. Congress condemn Turkey for killing a bunch of Armenians......wait for it......100 years ago! That's right, SanFranNan has solved all the problems in America I guess, if she's got time for this kind of nonsense. The truth is that there is large Armenian representation in San Francisco, Nan's home town and congressional district, putting pressure on her to do the condemnation thing. So to the highest ranking democrat in the U.S., appeasing some home-town voters/contributors is more important than keeping a strong influence with an ally who's about to seriously complicate matters for us in a war zone. The Turks are mad that our Congress would even consider such a motion and are far less likely to listen to our request to stay out of Iraq because of it.
I guess since we're giving out homelands around here, the Kurds deserve to have one too, and as they learned from the Palestinians, suicide bombing civilian targets is certainly a way to get one.