by Ron Coody
Turkey has been featured highly in the news lately, as the Turkish parliament voted whether to allow the US military to open a possible northern Iraqi front from its soil. Last Saturday their parliament failed to give permission by just three votes. Though lawmakers have talked of a second vote throughout the week, there has still been no change.
Once the parliament voted no, the mood of the general public changed noticeably. It seems that once the Turks felt they had the choice to say no, they were willing to rethink their strong protests against the US using force to oust Sadaam Hussein. This reflects something very important in the Middle Eastern mindset little understood by Americans. Saving one's honor means more than life itself. After the Turks felt that they had saved their honor by acting autonomously of the US, perhaps they now feel more ready to help. Time will tell how much they still feel their honor is at stake.