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A porous border that the US cannot control, through which all kinds of people stream through to wreak havoc.  Texas/Mexico?  Syria/Iraq?  Nope, Iraq/Turkey.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has again warned he could take action against Kurdish guerrillas in Iraq if U.S. forces did not stop the rebels infiltrating across the border into Turkey. “At the moment, frankly speaking, we do not see the efforts by the U.S. that we expect to see. We have expressed our views to that effect to the Americans,” Erdogan said in an interview yesterday with Britain’s Times newspaper. “There is a time limit. There is a limit to our tolerance,” said Erdogan.

He said Turkey was within its rights under international law to defend itself from attack and drew a comparison with U.S. action against Afghanistan after the September 11, 2001 attacks.

“That mandate is provided for in international law,” he said.

“If a country, if a people, if a nation are under threat, that country can do what is necessary under international law ... we would exercise that right in the same way as any other country could, would and did exercise that right.”

Turkey has blamed the banned Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) for a rash of violence in the southeast of the country and says the guerrillas use bases in northern Iraq as a launch pad for attacks.

Perhaps if Turkey had, you know, let us use their country as a forward staging base before the invasion of Iraq, this might have a little bit more of a priority than it does now.

Posted by Lee on 07/29/05 at 11:08 AM in War on Terror/Axis of Evil • Permalink


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