Friday, October 26, 2007
Additional on the Northern Iraq Crisis
[The Associated Press reports as follows:
Asked if he is planning any action against the rebels, Mixon said:
Does he think he has any responsibility to try to avoid a Turkish incursion into the north? "I have not been given any requirements or any responsibility for that," he said.
But if terrorists are operating in his region, came another question, why not get involved?
"Let me put it to you very clearly," he answered. The provincial Kurdish authorities have their own Peshmerga militia, Mixon and, "it's their responsibility" in three northern provinces of Iraq.
Reuters is now quoting a "senior Turkish source" claiming that the proposals brought by Iraqi Defence Minister General Abdel Qader Jassim and National Security Minister Shirwan al Waeli to Ankara "do not meet our expectations." No further meetings are planned.
Will the raids taking place today change attitudes?
I am a bit concerned about the U.S. attitude as well. It suggests that we would not be prepared to implement a containment strategy to prevent spillover from Iraq from destabilizing the larger region.
We will keep monitoring the situation.
Is this not why the reason for calling US's war in Iraq a strategic disaster?
And this has always been our attitude towards terrorism. We have repeatedly supported terrorism against governments and populations that did not submit to our will, and that's the facts, Jack.