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                                                                           [The Telegraph, U.K.]



Hurriyet, Turkey

Let the Americans

Try and Stop Us! …


"What if American F-16s come in front of us to block us? Let them try, that's their business. … Our targets will be on Barzani's military and economic targets. Our goal will be to transform the 'Kurdish dream' into a 'Turkish nightmare.'"


By Ertugrul Ozkok



October 23, 2007


Turkey - Hurriyet - Original Article English

Various Turkish television stations called me yesterday, asking me to appear to air my views on our current situation. I thank them for making the offer, since I know they are serious about their work, but I also had to apologize. I simply wasn't in a situation in which I could appear before cameras yesterday, since I had no sense - only anger.


All I had in my mind was this one question: at the point at which we have arrived, who is it that we are supposed to address our anger toward? I think I've found the answer: it's the person who protects the PKK [Kurdish Workers' Party], who provides them their swamp to sleep in and the person who guides them: Barzani.


Yes, we must now address Massoud Barzani, leader of the Kurdish regional authority in northern Iraq. We need to deliver this final message to him in the strongest fashion possible: "You have two paths before you. Either you will be our neighbor, or our target."


The decision lies with the Iraqi Kurds. It's their business if they decide to trust in the United States and choose the path to being our enemies.


But if this is the case though, our rifle targets must swivel to Barzani. Our targets will be on Barzani's military and economic targets. Our goal will be to transform the "Kurdish dream" into a "Turkish nightmare."


If Barzani's plan involves using the PKK to create a new " powerful Kurdish nation," we need to show him a new map.


Either that, or we need to show him that the price for that nation, built by using the PKK as a tool, will be too high for them to pay.


We need to explain: A handful of F-16s from the Turkish Air Force carrying out 30 or 40 sorties would result in a northern Iraq that just went backwards 20 years.


What if American F-16s come in front of us to block us? Let them try, that's their business.


But the United States shouldn't forget that such a course will involve Iran, Syria, and attach Russia, too. In fact, what they'll see is a geography that stretches all the way to Afghanistan. Oh, and let Washington remember to add nations in its old backyard to the mix, those Latin American countries that now hate the United States. And then there's always neutral Europe. Yes, these are all things that not only we, but America, lying 14,000 kilometers away from us, needs to think about. If the calculations and bills are being made there, the scale is over here. And on one side of the scale lies northern Iraq, while on the other side lays Turkey.


Turkey has come to the point of making some historical and global decisions. And what has brought us to this point? What lies behind the caprices of the northern Iraqi government is a super state's (U.S.) super-caprice. This is the only conclusion I can reach after three hours of meditation trying to calm my feelings of anger.


Ertugrul Ozkok is the chief editorial writer for Hürriyet, Turkey's most popular newspaper.

















High school students in Istanbul chant anti-PKK (Kurdistan Worker's Party) slogans, Oct. 23. Washington is urging restrain on the Turkish government, after terrorist attacks took the lives of over a dozen Turkish soldiers near the border of northern Iraq.

—BBC VIDEO NEWS: Turkish Parliament votes to permit that nation's military to invade northern Iraq to stop Kurdish terrorists fighting for a seperate Kurdish state;' Iraq pleads for time, Oct. 17, 00:02:26RealVideo

—BBC VIDEO NEWS: Turks react with anger at U.S. resolution calling the deaths of Armenians in 1915 'genocide,' Oct. 10, 00:01:39RealVideo

President of the Kurdish autonomous region of north Iraq, Masoud Barzani, said on Sunday that his region would defend itself if Turkish forces launched a cross-border incursion into their territory and attacked Kurdish targets

A Turkish soldier guards the Habur border crossing into north Iraq.

Turks demand action, after 12 of their soldiers were killed by Kurdish Terrorists near the border with Iraq.