The actions of Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq and south-eastern Turkey threaten a dangerous balance of power in the region. Turkey is – and has been for decades – a key ally in NATO and a vital base of operations for the Air Force in the region. The Kurds, by far the most cooperative group the U.S. has been dealing with in the region, seem to be exploiting the relative trust and dependence that the U.S. has with them to aid their brothers in Turkey with what has been a centuries-long struggle for them: independence. (I think of them like the Scots in “Braveheart”, fighting against centuries of English dominion and tyranny). However noble their cause may be, the ruptures that this situation is creating between the United States and one of her most valuable allies may not be worth the price.
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