• In Iraq, war is the continuation of diplomacy by other means…

    January 18, 2012

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    Posted in: Democracy, Iraq

    Only a day after Iraqi government officials summoned Turkey’s ambassador, complaining that comments made by Turkish officials amounted to meddling in its internal affairs, and warning that Turkey will “suffer,” a rocket hit the Turkish embassy compound in Baghdad.

    Indeed, at least two rockets were fired from a vehicle at the embassy in northern Baghdad, outside the heavily fortified Green Zone complex. “There were two Katyusha rockets. The first one hit the embassy blast wall, and the second one hit the second floor of an adjacent bank,” the official said.

    Maliki’s verbal attack on Turkey came after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan urged him to reduce tensions in the war-torn country, regarding a series of bombings in Baghdad. Erdoğan spoke to Maliki on the phone and said his actions are moving Iraq away from democracy, referring to an arrest warrant last month for Sunni Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi. Turkey has been trying to play a mediator role in Iraq between the rival Shiite and Sunni sects in the government.

    The rocket attacks on the Turkish Embassy in Baghdad are the equivalent of the Mafia leaving a bloody horse’s head in your bed, capice?

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