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Turkey, Iraq and the Kurds; NATO ally helping U.S. claim victory

Dec 28, 2005 | Comments Off

Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

President Bush complains that media coverage of the war in Iraq is negatively biased. “If I’d have stood up here a year ago, in one of my many press conferences, and told you that in the – next year I make this prediction to you, that over 10 million Iraqis, including many Sunnis, will vote for a permanent government,” he said recently, “I think you probably would have said, there he goes again. But it happened.” Now it’s time to take a look at how biases can become obstacles – in this case, in U.S.-Turkey relations.

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Bahrain and the Iranian challenge; U.S. increases presence in the Gulf

Dec 23, 2005 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Although the Bush administration decided in the immediate aftermath of September 11 that in order to secure the homeland the Middle East should be democratized, the forces that work against democratization are so challenging that the mission looked “impossible to accomplish” at first. Even today, after a bomb-free, successful election in Iraq, fears of failure and greater war in the region still dominate more than the possibility of victorious democracy. Alas, a successful election day is not enough to begin talking about the triumph of democracy in the Middle East. For at least a decade we will walk on eggshells before deciding whether the Middle East can become democratic. Yet, there is a plan. And although President Bush has acknowledged the mistakes in it, he has also assured that it will be corrected to ensure the success of democracy in the region.

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Children of Iraq; Democracy and parents hold hands

Dec 13, 2005 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

On Thursday, Iraqis will go to the polls to elect the representatives who will serve them in the Iraqi National Assembly for the next four years. It’s a much more crucial election than the one held in January. I was embedded with U.S. troops in Baghdad back then, and when I think back now, what I see in my mind’s eye are the faces of many Iraqi children.

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‘Who is a Turk?’; Ask Kurdish nationalists

Dec 6, 2005 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Facing public opinion polls that show Americans’ view of the Iraq war at a new low, President Bush delivered a speech last week to rally support and lay out the stakes of the mission. He didn’t offer any substantial “guarantee” of victory against the insurgency, but Democrats aren’t exactly solving the problem either.

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