Tuesday, August 23, 2011

china loves it when separatists die

it's always reassuring to see the chinese communist party, inc. hew to its narrow ideological agenda in its xinhua news syndicate reports. this is how we know that in this topsy-turvy world, there are still some things you can count on:

Nearly 100 PKK members killed in Turkish air raids in north Iraq: ANKARA, Aug. 23 (Xinhua) -- Some 90 to 100 members of the outlawed Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) were killed during the Turkish air raids in northern Iraq, Turkish military said Tuesday.

Jets of the Turkish Air Force conducted several air raids in the past few days on the PKK camps in northern Iraq and the region around Qandil Mountain, Turkish military said in a statement posted on its website.

"The Turkish jets hit 13 targets in Metina, Zap, Avashin- Bashyan and Kharkurk on Aug. 20, four targets in Qandil, Gara, Zap and Metina on Aug. 21, and seven targets in Zap, Kharkurk, Avashin- Bashyan and Qandil on Aug. 22," it said.

"During the air offensive with the high-tech target acquisition and shooting control systems, the jets hit 132 targets while artillery units shelled 349 targets. Seventy-three hiding places, six shelters, 18 caves, eight depots, 14 buildings, one arsenal, nine anti-aircraft positions and three control points were destroyed," it said.

the kurds' and their national aspirations are, of course, of long standing. the US has been both friend and just as often betrayer, which establishes a kurdish zone in iraq on the one hand, but countenances turkey's continuing campaign against its kurdish minority on the other. we here in the US watch in amazement.

china, on the other hand, has separatist movements in a number of areas, from tibet to mongolia. the han chinese are about as expansionist a nation as you can find these days, so it's instructive from a purely spectator perspective to see their propaganda arm finding common cause with other oppressor, expansionist regimes wherever it can find them.

someday the chinese will give us all what for, but for now they have to watch in dismay as their commercial contracts with ghadafi or whatever other resource-rich regimes it supports regardless of human rights concerns get run down by the insatiable US imperial machine.

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