The likelihood of military action between Iraq and Turkey is quite frightening. I hope that cooler heads prevail and that the Iraqi Kurdish leadership makes it clear that they do not support at all the fanatical campaign of the PKK, regardless of the injustices to which Turkish Kurds have been subjected. There are other solutions than terrorism against innocent people, of which the PKK is guilty. I hope that the various parties find a solution to the PKK problem, as well as to the issue of the rights of Kurds to their own language, without igniting the region in a wider war.
That said, the Turkish government has at least shown the strength of their parliamentary system, in contrast to those who argue for unlimited powers of the US president to make war: “Turkish MPs today gave the green light to military operations in northern Iraq…”
Imagine that. They actually had a parliamentary debate before approving military action. How novel.