I put Middle Earth Journal in hiatus in May of 2008 and moved to Newshoggers.
I temporarily reopened Middle Earth Journal when Newshoggers shut it's doors but I was invited to Participate at The Moderate Voice so Middle Earth Journal is once again in hiatus.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

The Turkish Connection

Just when you thought George W Bush's epic cluster fuck in the middle east couldn't get any worse we have this:
Turkey signals it's prepared to enter Iraq
ANKARA, Turkey - Turkish officials signaled Tuesday they are prepared to send the army into northern Iraq if U.S. and Iraqi forces do not take steps to combat Turkish Kurdish guerrillas there — a move that could put Turkey on a collision course with the United States.

Turkey is facing increasing domestic pressure to act after 15 soldiers, police and guards were killed fighting the guerrillas in southeastern Turkey in the past week.

"The government is really in a bind," said Seyfi Tashan, director of the Foreign Policy Institute at Bilkent University in Ankara. "On the one hand, they don't want things to break down with the United States. On the other hand, the public is crying for action."
I believe this was predicted by many who understood the dynamics of the region but were ignored by the neocons and the administration because it was not what the wanted to hear. Yes it's true, the US could soon be at war with another NATO country. To escape the pain of reality I have watched a couple of James Bond movies. Dick Cheney would have made a great crazy evil James Bond nemesis. It's just too bad Ian Flemming is dead, Cheney would have made a great villain.

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