I became super suspicious this morning reading my BBC News and eating my Boo Berry cereal. The article was US 'to help Turkey combat rebels'. And while that's all good, why is it my stommy has that queasy feeling? It's because Busshie is seemingly doing good, when we know better. Here's a recap:
A long, long time ago in a place far away [when Iraq had UN economic sanctions for 8 years] Turkey lost a tidy $80 billion in oil revenues on a major pipe line...the Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline, to be exact, running from Kirkuk's gianormous oil field to the Mediterranean port town of Ceyhan, Turkey. [Take a look at the map to see of what I speak.] What, you say? Kirkuk in northern Iraq...where those nasty Kurds live who were killing the Turks? Yes!
The Khaleej Times says,
Concerns that the flow might be halted due to clashes between Turkish troops and Kurdish rebels helped take oil futures to a record of over $90 a barrel last week.
A pro-rebel news agency quoted one of the leaders of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) last week as saying the guerrillas could strike oil pipelines if Turkish troops attacked them.
And here we thought it was all Busshie acting like a kid amongst spatting parents: "Can't we all just get along?"