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  •  win, win, lose (5+ / 0-)

    Kurdistan's freedom and territorial claim over the Kirkuk oil fields assured by Turkey in exchange for oil reserves and revenue.  A Win-win.

    I wonder how the Iraqi Arabs will feel about Turkey giving Kirkuk and its oil to the Kurds?  Do you think that they could get Syria and Saudi Arabia to help them to do something about it?

    •  It won't be pretty, but the Turks can do it (4+ / 0-)

      Their military can hold its own against Syria and Saudi Arabia. Only Egypt might challenge Turkey among Arab countries, but I doubt it.  This would be conventional warfare.

      Saudi Arabia will have its hands full with Iran.

      Syria has an Israeli problem that prevents them from focusing on any other challenges.

      They will not like it, but it is up to Turkey and Kurdistan, nobody in the region can challenge them if they join forces.

      Iraqi Sunnis will have to settle with Iraqi Shias for the rest of Iraqi oil.; an oasis of truth. -1.75 -7.23

      by Shockwave on Tue May 08, 2007 at 10:23:24 PM PDT

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      •  conventional warfare? (1+ / 0-)
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        That part of the world doesn't care for "conventional warfare" last i looked. Yeah, they let fly the tanks every once in a while but there are much simpler ways to fuck over your neighbour in that region. It's been going on for decades (and decades before that).

        The only "hands full" these guys have is keeping track of all the finger-puppets each has on the go at any one time. These bad boys understand chess, and they're comfortable playing more than one board at the same time.

        No, Syria and Saudi Arabia (to name but two) can cause a lot of grief for Turkey without open conflict.

        "Here they come, marching into American sunlight." – Don Delillo, Mao II

        by subtropolis on Tue May 08, 2007 at 11:24:37 PM PDT

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        •  The Turks and the Saudis are allies (3+ / 0-)
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          against the Iraqi Shiites and the Iranians.

          The Saudis and Israelis have been cooperating some lately because Hezbollah and Iran are common enemies.

          American occupation of Iraq has turned Saudi Arabia against us. We are now the unstated common enemy of all the people in the region, except Israel, and we even screwed them in Lebanon. The only elected world leader more unpopular then Bush now is Bush's dupe Olmert.

          Even our "friends" are against us concerning Iraq. Stealing Iraqi oil and creating regional instability makes us the universal enemy.

          Moreover, the Iraqi Sunnis have good reason to fear that the Iraqi Oil Law would rip them off more than anyone. The desert "exploration blocks" which would be controlled by American big oil are in Sunni held territory. The fields in this area may be the geological extension of the giant fields in Saudi Arabia. We are trying to steal the "mother lode" of Sunni oil.

          "It's the planet, stupid."

          by FishOutofWater on Wed May 09, 2007 at 06:37:41 AM PDT

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      •  Don't forget: Turkey is a NATO member. (1+ / 0-)
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        In youth we learn, in age we understand.

        by Jbeaudill on Wed May 09, 2007 at 10:21:31 AM PDT

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