Turkey steps up rhetoric on PKKApril 11, 2007 at 6:54 pm | Posted in George W. Bush, international relations, Iraq, Kurds, Turkey | 2 Comments
With all the talk about the success of the surge, Washington has been strangely quiet about the increasing tensions between Turkey and the Iraqi government. Today, Turkey upped the ante by reviewing its military options against suspected Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) camps in northern Iraq.
For now it seems that Turkey is holding back, but one of the specific results of the US invasion has been a strengthening of Kurdish power in Iraq, inspiring Turkish Kurds to step up their own campaign to power, including acts of terrorism.
Of course, we know that the Bush administration is particularly good about ignoring regional diplomatic concerns in Iraq, but if this steps up there will hardly be a border in Iraq that is not a potential flashpoint for future conflict. A responsible president would immediately put this fire out, but, then again, a responsible president wouldn’t have started an unnecessary and illegal war.