Tondar's Daily Rant

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

PISSING OFF THE ALLIES

You may have seen in the news recently where Congress voted to recognize the evils of the Armenian genocide at the hands of the Turks. Now Turkey of course was formed from the remnants of the Ottoman Empire in a violent of upheaval of Turks, Greeklings, and Armenians. As Pat Buchanan points out in his latest column, Turkey has been an amazing ally for the United States.

However, now this precious and valuable alliance is in jeopardy. At first thought one would assume this is another failing of the Bush Administration. However, this time the Democrats are responsible...

Yet, today, Turkey is indispensable to Gen. Petraeus. Turkish drivers deliver munitions and supplies overland to Iraq. Turkish bases, like Incirlik, are used by the U.S. Air Force to support American troops in Iraq.

Ankara's reward: to have Congress vote to condemn Turkey's founding fathers as genocidal murderers.

Understandably, Turks are coming to see the alliance as a one-way street and themselves as forgotten friends. For we have failed to convince the Kurds we shelter in northern Iraq to rein in their terrorist cousins, who are using Iraqi territory as a privileged sanctuary from which to attack the Turkish army. Two dozen Turkish soldiers have been murdered in two separate attacks in recent weeks by the PKK.


Turkey is a very strange country with a government best described as a democracy with its power derived from the consent of the military. It would be a great shame and great waste to anger such a great friend over their 90 year old national shame. This whole thing is so suspicious that I believe it is a backdoor plan to strategically disrupt the Iraq war. While I agree with the ends, the means are very shortsighted. More important than our success in trying to bring order to Iraq, is maintaining our established relationships and alliances. Using a 90 year old gripe to hurt President Bush and inadvertently our foreign relations was simply stupid.

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