Tuesday, October 23, 2007
It appears that California is burning. Million dollar homes in Malibu are burning. The fire department cannot contain the fast moving fire, spread Santa Ana winds. At the time of writing 1,200 acres have been burnt and one person was killed in the fire. Turkey’s threat to invade Northern Iraq in an attempt to weed out PKK (Kurdish Worker Party) rebels has the United States on edge, according to the New York Times (10/22). The last thing the United States needs is a war on Iraq’s northern border. The Kurdish controlled North was the only relatively violent free part of Iraq. I think that the U.S. has painted itself into a dangerous corner when it comes to giving advice to Turkey. After all, if the present administration is to be believed, we entered Iraq to deny al Qaeda safe haven and of course to rid the country of its nuclear capabilities. Therefore if Turkey decides to go after the Kurdish separatists then who are we to tell them they should wait? The U.S. should be standing on the bully pulpit congratulating Turkey on its aggressive stand against the PKK.