Jens 'n' Frens
Idle thoughts of a relatively libertarian Republican in Cambridge, MA, and whomever he invites. Mostly political.

"A strong conviction that something must be done is the parent of many bad measures."
  -- Daniel Webster

Thursday, October 25, 2007 :::

VDH on Turkey:
I believe we need to cool the resolutions, continue to talk nicely to Turkey, send out diplomatic peace-feelers, assuage Turkish wounded pride, hope for the best—and start making immediate contingency plans for a possible dramatic break from this erstwhile critical Nato ally.
Yes, probably.

Someone made the point the other week that the fact that the Turks would recall their ambassador because our legislature was considering designating a 90-year-past massacre an act of "genocide" means that the Turks are a bunch of pansies. It's an obvious point which also seems to have been largely ignored; perhaps it's irrelevant. I certainly don't encourage the Congress to take up a resolution declaring the Turks a bunch of pansies.

Their current concern with the Iraqi border, on the other hand, makes a lot of sense. If the Iraqis (along with whomever else might be helping the Iraqis with their security) can't keep the Iraq-based PKK from going into Turkey and killing their soldiers, why shouldn't the Turks go after them? It would be disastrous for us, of course. They may be a bunch of pansies, but they're a bunch of pansies who have us in an uncomfortable position right now.

::: posted by Steven at 12:33 AM

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