Oil, Part 3

Brought to you by BUSHCO, the ultimate in creating chaos.

Death and destruction rolls on like it’s stuck on cruise control. Likewise some of it is so predictable that when the story makes the news the only appropriate reaction seems to be “I wonder what took so long?”

In its defense the Turkish government is in perhaps the ultimate no win situation. If asked Kurd “freedom fighters” would say that their recent spate of bombings is in reaction to the air strikes by Turkey on enclaves inside Iraqi territory. Really, though, Kurdish attacks continue a long standing pattern and clearly are used as much to provoke as to retaliate.

ANKARA, Turkey – A car bomb targeting soldiers killed five people and wounded 68 — including 30 troops — on Thursday in the Kurdish-dominated southeastern city of Diyarbakir, officials said.

A bus carrying the troops was passing a five-star hotel when suspected Kurdish rebels detonated a remote-controlled car bomb, authorities said.

Thirty soldiers were among the 68 people wounded, said Diyarbakir Gov. Huseyin Avni Mutlu, according to the private Dogan news agency.

The attack — which shattered the windows of surrounding buildings and could be heard two miles away — appeared to be in retaliation for three airstrikes by Turkish warplanes against Kurdish rebel shelters in northern Iraq last month.

The pro-Kurdish Firat news agency reported the Kurdistan Workers Party’s leaders in Iraq had declared big cities in Turkey targets.

There have been two explosions in Turkey’s commercial center, Istanbul, in the past two weeks, killing one and injuring nine. No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks but Istanbul Gov. Muammer Guler blamed Kurdish rebels.

What happens, though when we add the missing ingredient, oil, to an already volatile situation.

Read the stories about the oil price bouncing around at the $100/barrel level and one “cause” always mentioned is international strife. Previously the low level war between Turks and Kurds didn’t trigger this affect because neither group fell into the category of oil producer. Now the Kurds do. Meaning, of course, every time they do something noteworthy in their struggle for Kurdistan, and thereby engender a military response, they will directly profit from their efforts. Oil prices will move favorably, and the money needed to fuel the struggle will flow.

I wonder if that would qualify as adding a new ingredient to an already dangerous part of the world?

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