"I happened to run across that rocket story at Google News yesterday and have been scratching my head over it ever since. Since the Turks claimed the missiles were bound for either Hezbollah or the Palestinians, my first thought was that it might be disinfo connected with the current US scheme to tilt towards the Sunnis (with Saudi support) and smash all Shi'ites that Seymour Hersh has been talking about.thnx, as always.
Additionally, the Daily Star (is that Lebanese?), says, "The Iranian Embassy issued a statement Wednesday denying that the weapons belonged to Iran, and said the allegations were being made 'by circles' aiming to disrupt Turkey's close relations with Iran."
So -- are the Turks doing this, or are they being set up? Are they really smuggling weapons or is the whole thing an elaborate stage show? And would "circles" be a reference to the US, the Kurds, or Israel -- or an insinuation of all three doing ring-around-the-rosies together?
The damn thing is like a 12-dimensional hyperspatial jigsaw puzzle. Any way I try to fit it together, I come up a few pieces short."
I don't feel like I have a grip on what is going on either.
(and Yep, the Daily Star is from Lebanon)
update: Mizgin in the comments:
Let me tell you something . . . if you go to the Habur border crossing, which leads into South Kurdistan (N. Iraq), you will see commercial vehicles waiting in a line that is kilometers long, on both sides of the border.
Why is that? Turkish customs inspections.
So, now, the Turkish press wants me to believe that Iran just "covertly" slipped a train car with rockets across their border without anyone in the Turkish government knowing about it?
Please . . . tell me another one.
The Turkish government knows very well that Iran is transporting rockets across "Turkish" territory (oh, coincidentally, that's really Kurdish territory, territory that the Turkish military keeps a TIGHT grip on, i.e. OCCUPIES. They have a habit of kicking out journalists or human rights workers who get too "nosy" in "The Region" or too concerned with what goes on there.)
The question is: Why did the Turkish military permit the news to be published? What do they stand to gain from it? Are they giving a message to the US, reminding the US just how very valuable they (the Pashas) are to the US? After all, it was just last week that two US F-16s from Iraq happened to "stray" into "Turkish" territory. . . after two Turkish F-16s happened to stray into Iraqi Kurdish territory and TSK launched artillery into some Southern Kurdish villages.
Are the Pashas giving a message to Iran, because they've been conducting military operations in conjunction with Iran--funny that, NATO's second largest army conducting military operations with a member of the "Axis of Evil." I have no doubt they've got a number of other deals going on with Iran.
But then, everyone in "The Region" knows that Turkey's been getting it on with Iran for some time . . . just like they've been getting it on with certain Iraqi Sunni tribes and the Iraqi Turkmen Front (hehehe . . . and people wonder why there's so much violence in Kerkuk?)
There are even Turkish mercenaries, based in the US, operating in Kerkuk.
Or did the Pashas permit publication simply because they are dying to stick it to AKP?
Welcome to our world.
BTW - someone left an anon comment on the blog yesterday that CNN Turk was saying yesterday that 'oops, they made a mistake, there were no rockets on the train'