Whilst pimping in Turkey, our Ms Rice discussed
the Kurdish 'terrorists' Turkey wants eliminated.'Connceting the dots'
Dot one: In what may turn out to be another classic Bush quid-pro-quo
--this time with Turkey--the US will promise to kill those nasty Kurd 'terrorists', and Turkey will promise to allow the US to use its airports to attack Iran. As we know, whenever the Bush Administration says they are not doing something, they actually are; hence, the bolded first line below:
'We are not negotiating on a trans-border operation'
US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Bryza, who mentioned the issue of the terror network Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK), said, 'Before a trans-border operation, there are many steps that need to be taken regarding the PKK problem and we are working on them.'
Bryza said America is not in negotiation with Turkey regarding the issue. 'In fact, this is not a proper ground to discuss probable military operations.' When asked whether the US gave Turkey information to be used in a probable operation, Bryza said they do not discuss intelligence issues publicly.
The next dot to connect is the recent amassing of troops
along the Turkey/Iraqi border:
Turkey has sent thousands of soldiers backed by tanks to its overwhelmingly Kurdish southeast and the Iraqi border following stepped-up attacks by Turkish Kurdish guerrillas, officials and reports said Friday.
But Turkey has moved some 10,000 soldiers to border regions, increasing its troop strength to some 50,000, the Aksam newspaper reported Friday.The officers, both speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the information, confirmed the border deployment but would not say how many troops were involved.In the past few months, some 40 rebels, 14 soldiers and four police officers have been killed in clashes in southeastern Turkey.
In other words, the amassing of possibly 50,000 Turkish troops yesterday, and Rice's knowledge of the Kurds and their activites and positions in Iraq, combinted with Rice's wanting to bomb Iran and use Turkish airspace, coalesces to form a 'coalition-of-the-willing' of sorts towards the demise of the PKK Kurds.
Today, we had this
Chief of the Turkish General Staff Hilmi Ozkok said Turkey will conduct military action in northern Iraq if needed.
According to Turkey's Anadolu Agency, Ozkok said since article 51 of the UN Charter allows beyond-the-border military action, Turkey might enter Iraq to eliminate Kurdish separatists. While explaining that each nation makes decisions independently depending in its needs, he said this issue has no link with the visit of US State Secretary Condoleezza Rice to Ankara on Tuesday.
And finally, one more dot: In a meeting that was not covered at all by the major media, General Pace gave America's word to Turkey last month
, as well:
Before departing from Ankara, Pace said the United States is just as resolute as Turkey in dealing with the PKK problem. The US administration would not want an independent Kurdish state in Iraq, said Pace, expressing a preference for the Joint State of Iraq. A military operation against Iran, he added, is not very likely.
A few secret attempts are already under way to weaken PKK, Pace said as he pointed to future plans of cooperation with some European administrations. America is actually working with the Turkish government towards diminishing the range of financial opportunities the terror organization can capitalize on.