Turkish government gets OK for military operations in Syria, Iraq


A comprehensive motion authorizing the government to deploy the Turkish army into Iraq and Syria and to allow the deployment of foreign troops on Turkish soil was approved Oct. 2 in Parliament, providing the necessary legality for Turkey’s potential contribution to the international coalition’s efforts to destroy jihadists.
The motion, based on Article 92 of the Turkish Constitution, received 298 votes in favor and 98 against.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-government-gets-ok-for-military-operations-in-syria-iraq.aspx?pageID=238&nID=72482&NewsCatID=338


Very good news. Maybe we can avoid using Western ground forces in the long run - I am not convinced of that, but at least there is some hope.


I think it’s disturbing news. Iraq’s president doesn’t want foreign troops on the ground in Iraq, and Turkey’s made it clear they want Assad removed in Syria. Iraq has allies on the ground right now who could easily get into fire fight with the Turks or any other member of NATO or the Arab Gulf states.


Memories are long in the M.E. and the various despots and empires have been harsh. Few now alive would remember what it was like to be ruled by the “Terrible Turk”, but they would all know the stories handed down from parents and grandparents and great-grandparents.

Turks are likely to be viewed with suspicion among Arabs, just as Iranians are. As ironic as it might seem, to many in the M.E. rule by “Crusaders” is preferable to rule by the neighbors, because western rule is much more benign and is always considered short-term.


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