Turkey and Iran Raid Northern Iraq
Both Turkey and Iran have been launching military raids into northern Iraq against the Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK), labeled a terrorist group by the U.S., Britain, and the EU. Turkey recently launched a massive military operation involving more than 250,000 troops against the PKK in the mountains along Turkey's borders with Iran and Iraq. Extensive incursions into northern Iraq have been reported.
Iran, meanwhile, has begun attacks on PKK units based in Iran, and the Iranian military has entered Iraqi territory in hot pursuit of PKK militants.The PKK's violence all but ceased after its leader Abdullah Ocelan was arrested in 1998, but it resumed activities in June 2004.
The PKK started out wrong. No question. But now the imprisoned leader has called for an end to the armed conflict. We should send someone to meet with them and lay down the law. Eliminate all terror actions or you will get crushed. But we also have to lay down the law to the Turkey.
I am not advocating acts of terror but the PKK are abandoning their armed struggle and need to be brought into the political process to promote equality and respect for minorities. The PKK needs to develop a more civilian political movement designed to communicate with the rest of the world. There must be a complete end to all terrorist activities. The PKK want the problems to be resoved politically and democratically, through dialogue. Why aren't we negotiating a cease-fire here?