Posted by Sadie from D007121.N1.Vanderbilt.Edu (188.8.131.52) on Wednesday, September 24, 2003 at 10:25PM :
In Reply to: Re: hm.... posted by Azhi from 253.16.252.64.snet.net (184.108.40.206) on Wednesday, September 24, 2003 at 5:04PM :
Isn't Turkey a NATO ally?
Here's what I think may happen: if the Kurds push for an autonomous state, the U.S. government will strengthen its bond with the Turkish government, Turkey will take over northern Iraq (because of the "Kurdish threat"), the oil revenue from that region will boost the Turkish economy, & the EU will accept Turkey as a member state, because Turkey will be economically strong. HOWEVER, if the Kurds do NOT push for an autonomous state, but make strong bonds with Iraqi neighbors to the south, cementing a federation between northern, central, & southern territories, then Turkey will have no excuse to take over northern Iraq, & the Kurds will retain local control over their territory.
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