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At the beginning of the month, I asked the following question:
Just who, exactly, are the dirty CEHŞ who permit the presence of these MIT/JITEM vermin in Silêmanî for the last decade (and more)? No one should have too think too long or hard about that question to come up with an answer.
Maybe we have an answer from the Hudson Institute.
Hevallo has a post up about the Hudson Institute and the games that have gone on there recently. The neocon-sponsored Dirty War games at Hudson made a pretty big splash in Turkish-language media over the weekend, but the initial Turkish-language report in Zaman did not match in detail Zaman's English-language version. However, a subsequent article does discuss the details.
The first English Zaman article can be read here, the first Turkish Zaman article, here, and the second, more detailed, English Zaman article, here.
The basic story is this: The neocons and the Turkish military got together in the US to discuss a number of "terror" scenarios. One of those proposed the assassination of retired Turkish Constitutional Court judge, Tülay Tuğcu. Everyone will remember Tuğcu as the judge who upheld the Paşas decision that upended Abdullah Gül's presidential vote in the parliament.
Now, ask yourself, whose cause would the assassination of Tülay Tuğcu serve? She's on the Paşas side, so her assassination would serve the Paşas. And here the Paşas are, discussing with the neocons an assassination that would serve their purposes.
If you get that, then you get why this little bit of wargaming at The Hudson Institute is such a big deal, particularly for Zaman, a Gülen (read: AKP) paper.
Also interesting are some of the proposed "scenarios." One describes a cuicide bombing at a police station in Beyoğlu, Istanbul. Funny, it's kind of reminiscent of the recent suicide bombing in Ankara, which appeared to target the military.
Another scenario describes PKK attacking an "Iranian truck convoy carrying ammunition to Damascus." Gee . . . that sounds an awful lot like PKK's derailing of the train that was carrying Iranian weapons and other military equipment to Syria. And that train was crossing through Turkey, a matter for which the train had to have the permission of the Paşas.
And then, the funniest scenario of all is the one in which "50,000 Turkish troops cross into Iraq, establishing several checkpoints along the Iraqi side of the border and engaging in minor skirmishes with PKK fighters."
Huh? 50,000 troops cross into Iraq and establish "several checkpoints?" Does that mean they have 10,000 troops at each checkpoint? And then they engage in "minor skirmishes?" When 50,000 troops invade another country, don't you think they'd be doing more than just establish a few checkpoints or have "minor" skirmishes.
This is hilarious!
In spite of the hilarity, the neocons and the Paşas were discussing scenarios very close to some that have already taken place, which makes me think that no one's going to be writing any life insurance for Tuğcu. More importantly, both the American neocons and the Paşas are trying to figure a way to invade South Kurdistan. If they do it with 50,000 troops, they're going to be aiming for something a little more substantial than a few hundred PKK gerîlas. It would make far more military sense to use 50,000 Mehmetçiks to secure Mûsil and Kerkuk than to believe the ridiculous nonsense about checkpoints and skirmishes.
But, all this brings me back to my question:
Just who, exactly, are the dirty CEHŞ who permit the presence of these MIT/JITEM vermin in Silêmanî for the last decade (and more)?
Well, now we know: Qubad Talabanî.
Check the second English version of Zaman for that.