< meta name="DC.Date.Valid.End" content="20050825"> Amendment Nine: The Regional Conflict Gambit

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

The Regional Conflict Gambit

Raising eyebrows.
Meanwhile, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani warned that Iraq was prepared to "make trouble" with its neighbors if nations such as Iran, Turkey and Syria did not "stop interfering in our internal affairs."

In an interview with NPR's "Morning Edition" to be aired today, Talabani, a Kurd, said Iraq was prepared to support opposition groups in neighboring countries as a recourse for what he said was meddling in Iraq. Iran and Turkey each have sizable Kurdish minorities that have been pushing for increased self-determination.
I wrote about this here last year. I don't think this is an empty threat any longer. The possibility of a region wide, decades long conflict which completely reshapes the map of the mideast is better than 50%.

Once again, the US is caught in the middle, and more than likely on the wrong side of history.