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pbeal Donating Member (506 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 09:58 PM
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U.S. reportedly asks Turkey to send troops to Iraq
http://famulus.msnbc.com/FamulusIntl/ap07-20-144707.asp...

The U.S. ambassador to Turkey also said in a newspaper interview published Sunday that the United States could use military force to oust an estimated 5,000 Turkish Kurdish rebels hiding in northern Iraq.


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Great we are going to piss off the one group of people who are happy that we are in Iraq
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Sliverofhope Donating Member (858 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 10:02 PM
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1. They intend to send Turkish troops
Edited on Sun Jul-20-03 10:06 PM by Sliverofhope
into the Kurdish area of Iraq? This would seem to be the strategic equivalent of sticking a finger in an electrical outlet. Unless they want to start a war in Turkey (is there oil there? - we could send 'peacekeepers' to guard oil pipelines), this proves we're dealing with some truly disturbed people.
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Frances Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 10:09 PM
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2. I went to a Kurdish Cultural Celebration
a couple of weeks ago in Sunnyvale, CA. The people there said they were hopeful, but they had been betrayed before. Is this the betrayal they were afraid of?
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NYC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 10:15 PM
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3. When ousted, where will those 5,000 Turkish Kurds go?
Anybody have an idea?
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Frances Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 10:16 PM
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4. Does this mean war between the Kurds and the Turks?
<<Robert Pearson, the U.S. ambassador to Turkey, told Hurriyet in an interview published Sunday that the United States would not allow the rebels to hide in northern Iraq and could use force to oust them.
''We don't want any threat against Turkey to remain in Iraq,'' Hurriyet quoted Pearson as saying.
''Either they surrender or face the alternative. The alternative is the use of military force.''>>
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Resistance Is Futile Donating Member (693 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 10:23 PM
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5. It's about credibility, stupid
The sound you hear is American credibility going down the drain, through the sewers and out the discharge pipe...

Divide and rule is going to be a lot harder elswhere if the Americans make a habit of extending the concept to equal 'divide, rule and sell-out.'
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kskiska Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 10:33 PM
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6. Why on earth would the Turks send troops
after the U.S. "punished" them by officially recognizing the Armenian genocide? That's a very sensitive issue over there. The Turks have consistently denied it.
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Aidoneus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 10:34 PM
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7. a brilliant idea!
they know better than anyone in the Mideast about how to kill the Kurds and get away with it. Just the kind of service the occupation forces may need later! :eyes:
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