A Leauki's Writings

Even the Guardian sees it:

Turkey's prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said today that Kurdish militants would "drown in their own blood" as he led political and army chiefs in paying his respects to troops killed in a clash with the rebels during fighting on Saturday. Eleven soldiers and 12 Kurdistan Workers' party (PKK) guerrillas died in the south-eastern province of Hakkari, near the Iraq border.

It's interesting because only two weeks ago Recep Erdogan was a defender of human rights, or so the European media told me.

Turns out there is a war going on:

The death toll in Saturday's clash was one of the highest in recent years in a conflict which has killed more than 40,000 since the PKK took up arms against the state in 1984 with the aim of creating a homeland in the south-east.

But no worry, we have a solution:

The PKK, branded terrorists by Turkey, the United States and the European Union, said this month they had scrapped a year-old unilateral ceasefire and resumed attacks against Turkish forces because of military operations against them.

Give them money! It's a terrorist group. They should receive lots of international aid. Who cares if they attack Jews or Turks. (Well, the world does. So no billions for the PKK. Sorry.)


Somehow I don't expect the German government or other European governments to react quite as harshly to Turkey's killings in Iraq as it did to Israel's in "international waters".

Perhaps Turkey just isn't a good enough "friend" to receive "criticism"?


on Jun 21, 2010