Turkey is "terrified" that Iraq will turn in to a Kurdish stronghold. Turkey, due to their proximity to Iraq, is a critical ally in the war.
You remember the Kurds. They're the people in northern Iraq who we supposedly protected from Saddam with the no-fly zones. Truth is, we routinely ignore Turkey attacking the Kurds. Why? Because Kurds want an "autonomous state." That is to say they want to rule themselves. In Turkey, the Kurdish language is outlawed. How's that for human rights?
Condoleeza Rice visited Turkey today to assure Turkish leaders that we have no intention of letting the region "destabilize." By this, the Bush administration is saying they will not allow the Kurds the right to self-rule and will take action to prevent it.
Doesn't democracy in action make you all warm and fuzzy?
What's ironic is if a Kurd detonated himself and killed Americans because we were actively fighting their right to rule themselves, Bush would claim that it happened because the Kurds hate democracy. Then the press would echo that "fact" to the American people.
And then you'd all think that was the case.