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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Turkish Invasion of Northern Iraq Less Likely

Military action against Kurds not as likely

ISTANBUL — The governing party's stunning re-election victory, which brought more than 100 deputies of Kurdish origin into parliament, has made the prospect of a large-scale Turkish military incursion into Iraq less likely, legislators said yesterday.

That amounts to a crushing defeat for secularist and nationalist opposition parties, which had made Kurdish separatism a central plank of their electoral campaigns, said Orhan Miroglu, a Kurdish politician who was among Sunday's winners.

“We"ve had enough war,” he said. “The time has come for a civilian solution.”

So, the election of Islamists is good for us?

This actually bolsters the argument that by giving Islamists actual power they are forced to moderate. I'd say not wanting to start a war is a pretty moderate position.

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