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Israel Defense Minister Warns of Action Against Iran

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak warned the world his nation is prepared to take any necessary action in order to ensure that Iran does not obtain nuclear weapons. Barak told an Italian newspaper that a nuclear Iran would be “dangerous to world order” and he emphasized all options for dealing with a nuclear Iran were on the table and could be used. However, he did emphasize the importance of “accelerating economic sanctions against Iran” as a primary weapon to deal with nuclear development in that country. “Either way, we need to keep very option open. If they provoke us, or they attack us, our army is prepared to attack and to succeed uncompromisingly.”

There is no question those in charge of Iran are deliberately challenging leading nations of the world by refusing to accede to requests to focus on peaceful uses of nuclear development and to end military considerations. However, attacking Iran is also a foolhardy approach that will only lead to devastation in the region. The path of economic pressure must be pursued even though it takes time and does not appear to be the macho approach to dealing with Iranian leaders. In many respects, President Ahmadinejad is the type of leader who wants military action so he can pose as a courageous leader.

Turkish Army Ready To Roll Say Generals

Turkey’s Chief of General Staff. Genral Yagar Buyukanit, said the army was ready to proceed with operations in Kurdistan and is awaiting final authorization from the government. He referred to the recent meeting in Washington D.C. between Prime Minister Erdogan and President Bush as merely a temporary delay which has allowed the armed forces to intensify intelligence activities prior to an armed attack. Bush had talked about Turkey using “surgical operations” but General Buyukanit responded to a question by saying, “surgical operation or not, I cannot say.” He also emphasized, “We are a great state and we do not need approval from anyone. However, there is a different situation in Iraq and the is a must to have the coordination with the Americans in order to avoid friendly fie.” He said it was of no importance to him if politicians met, but the Turkish army must be on guard to protect the nation.

There apparently is a void between what Bush and Erdogan agreed would happen and what the Turkish military believes must occur. Just another example of how the Bush approach to foreign policy always leaves gaps of knowledge.

What Would Bush Do If President of Turkey, Asks Turkish Paper?

As the recent meeting of UN, Arab League, and other concerned regional nations concluded its meeting in Ankara, the return of the eight captured Turkish soldiers has temporarily reduced tension on the Turkish-Iraq border. Prime Minister Erdogan is meeting today with President Bush, who undoubtedly will indicate his support for Turkey in demanding the right to have peaceful borders, but he will insist that no military action should be undertaken to invade Kurdistan. Yusu Kanli, writing in the Turkish Daily News, posed the interesting question as to what would George Bush say if he was President of Turkey rather than the United States” According to Kanli, he would probably say words to this effect, “When what’s at stake is the security of the United States, international law, diplomacy, peaceful settlements, cooperation, etc..we couldn’t care less. We have to counter that threat. Are you with us or against us?”

I believe Mr. Kanli has made a clear and accurate statement about any Bush position if the United States was the nation being attacked by a terrorist group using the safe haven of Mexico in order to launch cross border attacks on US territory. One can only wonder if in moments of reflection, President Bush recognizes that he is asking of Prime Minister Erdogan what he refused to do in 2003.

Turkey Demands Iraq Hand Over Kurd Rebel Leaders

Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister, Cemil Cicek, told a television audience his government was demanding Iraq turn over the top Kurdish rebel leaders. He said a list of 18 prominent Kurdish leaders had been turned over to the Iraq government in hope it would take action. Turkey is expecting cooperation from the United States in quelling the actions of Kurdish rebels, but General Benjamin Mixon, who heads US forces in northern Iraq, said he would do “absolutely nothing” regarding containing or capturing Kurdish rebels. There are no reports of any Iraq officials taking action against the PKK rebels.

There is a stand off for a moment in the Turkish-Kurd conflict. The Turkish government apparently is allowing the United States and the Iraq government to do something about the continued attacks by PKK forces into Turkey. If nothing is done, this allows the Iraq government to claim it has exhausted all opportunities for peaceful resolution of the problem and must now take action. On the flip side, it would be extremely difficult for the Iraq government to pursue and capture Kurdish rebels. The PKK is well armed and they are located in mountainous areas where air power will have scant effect. The Iraq armed forces have enough problems dealing with insurgents and terrorists in Iraq to go chasing Kurds in northern mountains.

One wonders if prior to America’s invasion of Iraq anyone in the Bush administration actually explored problems and issues that would arise if Iraq was defeated. The Turkey-Kurd issue was known to just about every Middle Eastern analyst and everyone of them would have forecast the present problem.