More Ungovernability: Gates and Rice Warn NATO Ally Turkey Not to Invade Iraq!
<body><div id="article"><tr><td height="23" valign="middle" width="184"></td><td valign="middle" width="185"></td></tr><h1>More Ungovernability: Gates and Rice Warn NATO Ally Turkey Not to Invade Iraq!</h1><p>June 4, 2007 (LPAC)-- <i>Turkish Daily News</i> reports that U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates during an international security conference in Singapore on June 3, 2007 warned Turkey against sending troops into northern Iraq, to root out the bases used by retreating Kurdish rebels who operated inside Turkey.</p><p>"We would prefer that we continue to work through this problem with them (Turks) to try and safeguard Turkey, and hope that there will not be unilateral military action across the border into Iraq," Gates said.</p><p>In addition to his warning, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, speaking on June 2 to reporters during a flight to Madrid, stated that any conflict at the border would not help to secure stability in Iraq. Joining calls from the U.S., Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and Iraqi Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani recently called on Turkey not to send its troops into northern Iraq, urging Ankara to tone down its threats of military intervention. This statement followed after repeated threats by the Turks against both the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and Iraqi Kurdish militias.</p><p>These statements by top Adminstration officials--warning a NATO ally <i>not</i> to invade Iraq -- are further evidence that the U.S. war in Iraq is a failure, as leading critics of the Iraq war among the military and elected officials have said. Critics also say the invasion and U.S. occupation have made Iraq <i>more</i> unstable, and turned it into a breeding ground for international terrorism--which it <i>was not</i> prior to the invasion.</p><p>Turkey's concerns about the Kurdish rebels hiding in northern Iraq also cohere with Washington intelligence source reports that the U.S. is training and arming Kurdish separatist groups as part of a "new Contra operation" for regime change in Iran. That policy is blowing up in Washington's face.</p><p>The manipulation of Kurdish separatists against Turkey, Iran and Syria, dates back to the 1916 imperial Sykes-Picot plan where the British and French divided up Southwest Asia, explained Lyndon LaRouche in a May 2, 2007 statement. (See:)</p></div></body>