Turkey's Gift Horse

After much debate, Turkey's parliament voted last week to send some 10,000 troops to help keep the peace in Iraq. The news couldn't have been better timed for the Bush Administration, arriving just as it launched a campaign to convince Americans that Iraq isn't quite the mess it seems. The Turkish troops would be the third largest force (Britain is second) in Iraq and, as Muslims, lend sorely needed credibility to the occupation.

That, at least, is the theory. In reality, the U.S.-appointed Iraqi Governing Council is not happy about the deployment because of Iraq's history of bad blood with the...

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