ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey, which is a key supply route to U.S. troops in Iraq, recalled its ambassador to the U.S. on Thursday and warned of serious repercussions if Congress labels the killing of Armenians by Turks a century ago as genocide.
Egeman Bagis, an aide to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, told Turkish media that Turkey — a conduit for many of the supplies shipped to American bases in both Iraq and Afghanistan — might have to "cut logistical support to the U.S."
Analysts also have speculated the resolution could make Turkey more inclined to send troops into northern Iraq to hunt Turkish Kurd rebels, a move opposed by the U.S. because it would disrupt one of the few relatively stable and peaceful Iraqi areas.
Historians estimate up to 1.5 million Armenians were killed by Ottoman Turks around the time of World War I. Turkey denies the deaths constituted genocide, saying the killings didn't come from a coordinated campaign but rather during unrest accompanying the Ottoman Empire's collapse.
Of course. The "religion of peace" would never act so violently, now would they?
UPDATE: It seems the significance of this resolution has been overlooked by many, including myself in the earlier post. Though this resolution, in some form or another, has been presented to Congress several times in the past twenty five years, the democrats have chosen now to pass it. Why now? We are at a point when the Iraq troop surge is beginning to show signs of success. Casualties are down. Al Qaida has been brought to its knees. The Democrats are now having to face the fact that the war in Iraq is making positive changes. Drawing Turkey into the war would give a boost to the Democratic leadership that has been claiming (hoping) America will lose this war.
The liberals in Washington do not want us to win this war. They will do anything, sacrifice any number, to present the appearance of an Iraqi quagmire. By provoking Turkish Islamists, the Democrats will achieve their goal.
But don't call them unpatriotic. They are simply anti-American.