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    Turks hit PKK with chemical weapons'

    http://www.jpost.com/International/A...aspx?id=184612

    Turks hit PKK with chemical weapons'
    By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL JERUSALEM POST CORRESPONDENT
    08/12/2010 21:41

    Report: German newspaper says photos of dead Kurds confirm use.

    BERLIN – German politicians called on Thursday for an international investigation into the reported use of chemical weapons by the Turkish military. The weapons were used against members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), according to the online edition of the German weekly magazine Der Spiegel.

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    This is a War Crime, Erdogan should be arrested and hanged for it, and Turkey expelled from NATO.

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    re: Turks hit PKK with chemical weapons'

    Wow, and it was coming from the Der Spiegel.

    Turkey doesn't even have a declared chemical weapons arsenal, so this paper can really be a blow to it.
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    re: Turks hit PKK with chemical weapons'

    If the suspected use of chemical weapons is confirmed, this will be a war crime and the matter will likely undermine Turkey's hopes of joining the European Union.

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    re: Turks hit PKK with chemical weapons'

    Quote Originally Posted by donsutherland1 View Post
    If the suspected use of chemical weapons is confirmed, this will be a war crime and the matter will likely undermine Turkey's hopes of joining the European Union.
    Indeed, although I doubt the finding by Der Spiegel will draw any consequences on the diplomatic ground or be referred to at all.
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    re: Turks hit PKK with chemical weapons'

    Quote Originally Posted by Apocalypse View Post
    Indeed, although I doubt the finding by Der Spiegel will draw any consequences on the diplomatic ground or be referred to at all.
    I agree, Apocalypse. It will be up to the European political leaders to follow-up on this matter. If there is sufficient evidence, a case should also be pursued in the appropriate international bodies. Given its gravity, I very much hope that there will be follow-up. Unfortunately, I highly doubt that the UN will weigh in on this matter e.g., no inquiry will be suggested, even given the gravity of the reported act.

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    re: Turks hit PKK with chemical weapons'

    Quote Originally Posted by donsutherland1 View Post
    I agree, Apocalypse. It will be up to the European political leaders to follow-up on this matter. If there is sufficient evidence, a case should also be pursued in the appropriate international bodies. Given its gravity, I very much hope that there will be follow-up. Unfortunately, I highly doubt that the UN will weigh in on this matter e.g., no inquiry will be suggested, even given the gravity of the reported act.
    It would be the end of their EU bid all together.

    The UN would definitely condemn it.

    If it turns out to be true, it's some serious **** for Turkey.

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    re: Turks hit PKK with chemical weapons'

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetboogieman View Post
    It would be the end of their EU bid all together.

    The UN would definitely condemn it.

    If it turns out to be true, it's some serious **** for Turkey.
    What about their role in NATO.

    Can the U.S. allow a country using chemical weapons to be part of this alliance?

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    re: Turks hit PKK with chemical weapons'

    Quote Originally Posted by washunut View Post
    What about their role in NATO.

    Can the U.S. allow a country using chemical weapons to be part of this alliance?
    I think the Obama administration would condemn it, but Turkey is too important for NATO to lose as an ally.

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    re: Turks hit PKK with chemical weapons'

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetboogieman View Post
    I think the Obama administration would condemn it, but Turkey is too important for NATO to lose as an ally.
    Perhaps if it was a one time event I would agree with you. If Turkey has a policy of using chemical weapons, it becomes harder.

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    re: Turks hit PKK with chemical weapons'

    Quote Originally Posted by washunut View Post
    Perhaps if it was a one time event I would agree with you. If Turkey has a policy of using chemical weapons, it becomes harder.
    True. But all that has to happen is this:

    The government that used the weapons must be voted from power and possibly punished. The people shouldn't be.

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