Wednesday, October 08, 2003

Thanks, but no thanks

The Turkish parliament has voted to authorise sending troops to Iraq. Unfortunately, the Iraqi Governing Council doesn't want them.

A Kurdish member of the Council, Mahmoud Othman, described the deployment as "the wrong thing to do", saying "it does not add to security, it is not useful".

The reason he's saying this is because the Turks have repeatedly engaged in ethnic clensing against the Kurds. Sending them to occupy Iraq is like sending the SS as peacekeepers to Israel. Still, I'm sure the Americans will find them useful - given the hatred the Kurds have for them, the Turks will be a fantastic bullet magnet...