"Armenians, Assyrians, Greeks, Kurds. Many Victims, one Perpetrator: Turkey"
According to news just out on the Daily Times, the US says that Turkey has a right to defend itself:
“Turkey, like every country, has a right and an obligation to defend itself and its people,” the US said in a statement issued by its embassy in Ankara. It followed harsh remarks on Tuesday by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who said that US support for Israeli offensives against militants in Lebanon and the Gaza Strip while it opposed Turkish action in Kurdish-populated northern Iraq constituted double standards.
If Israel has the right and obligation to defend itself and its people, and if Turkey has the right and obligation to defend itself and its people, then Kurdistan has the right and obligation to defend itself and its people.
This is exactly what HPG does in North Kurdistan and what KDP and PUK do in South Kurdistan. It's very good to see that the US agrees with the Kurdish position. Naturally this agreement is a death warrant for Turkey because it will enter South Kurdistan to face a well-trained and hostile Kurdish gerîla force (HPG), a well-trained and hostile Kurdish conventional/gerîla force (pêşmerge), and a hostile civilian population that has a great familiarity with weapons, isn't afraid to use them, and will certainly volunteer its services to combined Kurdish military forces.
If Kurdish forces are really on the ball, the TSK will find all 1500 of their troops already in South Kurdistan slaughtered. There's nothing like a morale buster right at the very beginning.
Besides, as the Iraqi President, Celal Talabanî, recently reminded us:
Iraqi President Jalal Talabani said late Thursday that previous agreements signed between Turkey and Iraq during the Saddam Hussein era on cross-border operations are no longer valid. Talabani, after his meeting with Iraqi Kurdistan region President Massoud Barzani on Thursday, said that the new Iraqi government would not uphold former agreements that allowed Turkey to carry out cross-border operations into Iraqi territory. "The Iraqi government has expressed its unease to the Turkish and Iranian embassies about the cross-border operations," Talabani told reporters.
I guess that means it's time for those Turkish troops deployed in South Kurdistan to go--one way or the other.
Again, from the Daily Times:
“Terrorism is terrorism everywhere,” Erdogan said.
So very true, even when it's invited to Ankara, as HAMAS was not long ago. That, of course, makes Turkey a state-sponsor of terror because it is widely known that HAMAS is listed as a terrorist organization by the US and the EU. A natural progression, I suppose, because the Ankara regime has been a domestic terrorist organization since 1923. With all that, maybe someone can explain the double-standard argument that Erdogan seems to be crying about.
Since the Ankara regime has no problem inviting terrorist leaders for visits, and since the Ankara regime has no problem engaging in terrorism against the Kurdish people within its borders, perhaps it should be seriously questioned on its relationship with Iran vis-a-vis the recent flare-up in Lebanon. Noted too is the Ankara regime's reluctance to pressure Syria to end its support to Hezbollah.
But then, Syria is home to Khaled Mashaal, isn't it?
Turkey disagreed with the US ambassador to Turkey when he said that an invasion of the South would be "unwise," but if the Turks are that eager to give their lives for the glorious Turkish nation, let them come. I would not be surprised if Iraqi National Guard units in South Kurdistan (mainly Kurdish) would be deployed against the Turkish aggressor as well.
TSK's last message to Ankara before it begins its pre-invasion radio silence should be a reminder to keep the body bags coming.