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Wednesday, February 19, 2003

Price for Turkey Rises
If somebody offered you a ton of money to help him kill your neighbors, what would you say? "No", "okay", or "we want more"? The government of Turkey has apparently chosen door number three. But don't condemn them too harshly--it is the US government that is offering this sick deal. Having already been offered $26 billion, Turkey is looking for still more stuffing: $32 billion. That works out to about $115 from every man, woman, and child in the United States for the privilege of using Turkish bases to kill Iraqis by the thousands. Or, say, $16,000 for each of the 2 million or so homeless Americans, which could certainly pay for housing them through what's left of this brutal winter, and maybe the next one as well. But no, our government thinks that bribing foreign governments for the privilege of killing Iraqis is more important.

And don't forget, the vast majority of Turks are opposed to war, while control of the $26 or $32 billion will be in the hands of the few at the top and will be used, at least in part, to increase repression of Kurds and others within Turkey.

So, are you willing to pull $115 out of your pocket so your government can bribe another to destroy a country? Doesn't matter. George W. Bush has already picked your pocket.