Defense of citizens is the duty of the State
Posted by aogSunday, 21 October 2007 at 10:14 TrackBack Ping URL

It will be interesting to watch the discussion of Turkey’s potential invasion of northern Iraq to counter the PKK attacks. I would like Turkey to not do that, and I think it will further inflame a very tense situation, but how can I dispute the right of a sovereign state to defend itself? As far as I can tell, all reasonable observers agree that the PKK attacks are real (not propaganda or self inflicted maskirova operations) and likely to continue. It also seems to be that the authorities on the Iraqi side of the border have not made any serious effort to stop the attacks. In such a situation it is hard to deny Turkey’s right to escalate. What is interesting will be to see how many people support Turkey in this vs. Israel, since in my view the situations are very similar and hinge on the same fundamental issues.

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