We are yet to see whether this turns out to be a massive crisis or just a small one. I have long been a pessimist about Iraq in general and the prospects of an Turkish invasion in particular. It really annoys me that conservayives have been touting the alleged progress in Al Anbar and the nations capital. This progress is likely unsustainable, and at any rate the bar for success has been set ridiculously low.
Turkish military land and air operations inside northern Iraq left 35 PKK guerrillas dead on Saturday, and two Turkish soldiers.
The PKK warned that it would blow up people in Turkish cities if the Turkish army did not withdraw. This threat would be more impressive if they hadn't already been blowing up people in Turkish cities.
Iraqi foreign minister Hoshyar Zebari, himself an Iraqi Kurd, said of the operation, "if it goes on, I think it could destabilise the region, because really one mistake could lead to further escalation."
As if to prove Zebari's point, the leader of Iraqi Kurdistan, Massoud Barzani, warned the Turks of large-scale resistance if they advanced toward populated areas.
It appeats this happy-talk may be dashed as another crisis comes to Iraq.