It is high time that
That is a dangerous position to operate from, and nearly impossible to defend.
First of all, the Turks are none to thrilled to have a civil war raging on their south-east border. They are also understandably apprehensive about the emboldened muscle the Kurds are flexing, too.
The quasi-independence of the Iraqi Kurds has become a flashpoint for Kurdish nationalism. Kurdish terrorists are using
(I, for one, am horrified at the prospect of the Turkish Army rolling into
These rumblings from the Turkish armed forces has led the United States to issue stern warnings, urging the Turks not to do it, and a heavy blast of anti-American editorials in Turkish newspapers, accusing the U.S. of hypocrisy. The Turks, of course, justifiably question why the
Complicating matters further, the Turkish military has weighed in and asserted that the country will remain secular, even if it does so at gunpoint. They have warned that if an Islamic party president is elected, a coup is a done deal.
It’s freakin’ surreal when you contemplate the possibility that a Middle Eastern nation with over 80% of the country practicing Muslims threatens a coup to prevent an Islamic government from taking power.
We need to be paying attention to this, and taking input from our ally seriously – or we may not have that ally anymore. This is a huge deal people.
[Cross-posted to Watching Those We Chose]