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Cranberries, Mashed Potatos and Cross-Border Turkey Incursions

Looks like we have a nice lil’ situation brewing in Turkey/Northern Iraq. Remember northern, Kurdish-controlled Iraq? The nice peaceful place? Well, what’s a little internecine warfare between cousins – it’s an island of only occasional mass terrorist carnage. If you need a refresher, check out my friend Matan’s blog on his travels there. I’ll wait.

Anyway, Kurdish separatists snatched a dozen Turkish soldiers, right in the wake of the Turkish Parliament’s authorization for invasion of Northern Iraq.

This whole debacle will only get better if we manage to destabilize our long-time ally and the only real democracy in the region. Hey, maybe the military will revolt against their new (mildly) Islamic overlords and use it as an opportunity to get back in the driver’s seat.

For future reference when you’re wondering how to raise the temperature on Turkey without anyone getting hurt, check here.

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