Two days after the first air raid, Turkey sent hundreds of soldiers into Northern Iraq in a second operation, but withdrew them shortly after. The military then said those two operations dealt a major blow to the Kurds, but did not say how many had been killed. Today, however, Turkey was back to bombing Northern Iraq again, which they said killed “hundreds” of rebels.
Crushing the terrorist organizations that choose to separate from the empire means, foremost, crushing the independence movement. The raids in Kurdistan are not aimed at terrorism so much as its own separatist elements. That Turkey and the United States have a “common enemy” is true, yet Turkey frames this in War on Terror terminology that the United States will understand. Turkey, however, openly and very bluntly does not want to see an independent Kurdistan. Neither does America, since a successful Kurdish War of Independence would likely mean another anti-American socialist Republic. Not that Turkey isn’t a socialist Republic itself.
Woodrow Wilson’s Nobel Prize-winning Fourteen Points about building peace and allowing self-determination are only gestures America gives to nations who kneel before empire. It specifically said in point #12 that,
“The Turkish portion of the present Ottoman Empire should be assured a secure sovereignty, but the other nationalities which are now under Turkish rule should be assured an undoubted security of life and an absolutely unmolested opportunity of autonomous development.” (italics mine)
That statement is nearly 90 years old. Yet today the other nationalities stand no chance against the empire that forces them into the fold. That Kurds’ autonomous development is and was never “absolutely unmolested” under Turkish authority is evidenced in a statement from Prime Minister Erdogan’s meeting with President Bush on Nov. 5th, which recounted Turkey’s point that,
“The terrorist organization of the PKK will see and understand that there is no secure place left Iraq’s north, and it will understand that it has no chances against the Turkish Republic.” (italics mine.)