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Turkish Plans Threaten Stability In Northern Iraq

With forces massing along the northern border of Iraq, the Turkish military stands poised to move into the Kurdish region of Iraq in an effort to quell Kurdish fighters seeking an autonomous region for the Kurdish people living in Iraq, Iran and Turkey. The main organization being sought by the Turkish forces is the PKK also known as the Kurdistan Workers’ Party.

In a media appearance President Bush characterized the PKK as a terrorist group and pledged US intelligence support to the Turkish government in their efforts to find the rebels. In the past the US has supported some of the PKK goals when they aligned with the presidential administration goals. In the 90’s they were encouraged to take on Saddam Hussein by members of our intelligence community before US aid was withdrawn for the effort. The current administration stand is seemingly more of an appeasement for Turkey than a genuine concern with PKK activities in the region.

The fear that many have is that if the Turkish forces begin a broad campaign to eradicate the PKK it might spread and destabilize the one relatively stable region of Iraq. The administration has made it clear publicly that they would prefer a smaller scale action on the part of Turkey to address the issue as to preserve the stability of the region. The reality of the situation is likely that the US will have to adjust to whatever Turkey’s plans are based on the fact that the US military needs access to Turkey’s airfields and airspace to maintain smooth operations in Iraq. In addition, the US has found the Kurdish region to be more supportive of the overall US mission in Iraq than any other region, which makes the loss of their support something that the administration has an interest in avoiding. Beyond the current conflict in Iraq the Kurdish region also provides an access point into Iran should a conflict arise adding incentive to the administration to resolve this issue quietly and quickly with minimal losses on both sides.

Moving forward there is also the issue of weather to be considered for both US and Turkish forces. With winter approaching, the feasibility of ground conflict becomes less than optimal. Early indications from unnamed sources within the Turkish government point to a primarily air strike based strategy on the part of the Turkish military. If carried out efficiently it could limit the scope of the conflict and possibly avoid a serious destabilization of the region. One thing is certain about the possible conflict. There is no good outcome for the Kurdish people in the region. Whether they support the ideals of the PKK or not they will likely be the ones caught in the crossfire. As in all military conflicts it is the civilians who ultimately lose the most in any actions whether invested in the outcome or not. No matter the scope of the actions on the part of the Turkish military it will damage stability in the region and US relations with the Kurdish leaders. The likely impact on US forces is an increased need for their presence in an area that they have been able to maintain a minimal presence in due to the overall stability that has existed since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein.

Troy Wilson-Ripsom - Staff Writer | Give your feedback on this article. | Visit Troy's blog at http://reform-america.blogspot.com | Visit Troy's MySpace page at www.myspace.com/reform_america

Is A New Enemy Rising In Afghanistan?

In a deadly attack on government officials and school children in Afghanistan on Tuesday was not the work of the Taliban according to a statement from the group. While they often attack government officials with collateral damage involving civilians occurring they deny that the attack was orchestrated by them and added that they do not target civilians deliberately.

Also notably silent on the subject of responsibility for the attack was al Qaeda who are usually eager to claim responsibility for their actions. Given the severity of the attack and the lack of a claim of responsibility by one of the primary organizations opposing the US backed Afghan government and US forces in Afghanistan it begs the question of whether there is a new threat facing American interests in Afghanistan.

According to early reports the death toll in the attack is over 40 people including children who were greeting lawmakers at a sugar factory when the attack took place. Wednesday people gathered to honor those killed and begin the grieving process as they buried their loved ones atop a hill overseeing New Baghlan where the bombings took place. Officials say that the total death toll may not be known for some time as some victims may have been removed by family members before they could be counted as victims of the attack.

The cowardice of the attack speaks to the mindset of the attackers who were clearly willing to violate the Koran and spill the blood of innocents in the name of their cause. The attack if religiously motivated points to an organization that is willing to distort their religion to meet their needs. The main concern raised by an attack of this nature is that there is nothing known about the attackers or their motivations at present. With no claim of responsibility and no explanation given for the attack it becomes a case of trying to form theories based on the evidence and hope that future attacks can be prevented by anticipating the likely targets and methods of the group. Unfortunately if this is a first attack by a previously unknown group there are no established patterns to go by in the efforts to prevent future attacks.

While the government officials try to sort out the source of the attack and the motivations behind it the world sends their thoughts and prayers to the families of the innocent victims. These cowardly monsters who would kill innocent children who had never wronged them in order to get to a small number of government officials deserve no mercy if identified and the world will rejoice at their capture and punishment. Regardless of the cause of the group their actions have made them undeserving of any consideration until anyone related to the attack has been brought to justice and the group renounces such attacks on innocents.

Troy Wilson-Ripsom - Staff Writer | Give your feedback on this article. | Visit Troy's blog at http://reform-america.blogspot.com | Visit Troy's MySpace page at www.myspace.com/reform_america



Get Involved

Do you sit and yell at the TV when politicians come on? Do you shake your head sadly whenever you see a homeless veteran? Is that all you tend to do?

It's time to put up or shut up America. We all love to talk about how we could do things better or how we would do it if we were in charge. Well, it's time to put your money where your mouth is. If you can think of it, you can write it down. If you can write it down, you can type it. If you can type it, you can e-mail it and if you can e-mail it, you can send it here.

We at Reform America are committed to giving voice to anyone who wants to put their ideas out there to make our nation a better place. As the readership grows, we are able to take those views to a wider and wider audience. Grassroots campaigns begin with voices speaking out. You have opinions. Voice them. We aren't about conservative or liberal. We aren't about pro-this or anti-that. We're about Americans and the First Amendment. Reform America is about politics by, for and of the people. You are the people. You only need to speak up. America is listening. Send your article to: stories@reform-america.net



Have You Been Downsized Due to Outsourcing?

For several years now we have listened to some within the business community tell us that America can't compete on a global scale unless they send our jobs overseas where they can be done cheaper. The question becomes, if we don't have good paying jobs here, how can we sustain our own economy? We want to hear from you. Have you lost your job? Have you been forced into a lower wage job due to outsourcing? Has outsourcing been a success for you? Did you end up in a better job?

Tell us your story so we can make sure the politicians see how outsourcing really impacts the workers who are backbone of America. Send your story to stories@reform-america.net

 

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