Just when you thought things in Iraq couldn’t get any worse comes word that Turkey is considering invading Iraq to quell Kurdish guerrillas:
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 seem to recall this being one of the nightmare scenarios discussed back at the start of the war that Bush and friends swore would never happen because they’d thought of everything in their planning for the war. U.S. Ambassador Ross Wilson has said that it would be a bad idea for Turkey to try and act unilaterally which is a tad bit hypocritical considering that’s exactly what we did when we invaded Iraq in the first place.