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On March 1, Turkey's parliament voted 250 to 264 to let U.S. troops come in to attack Iraq from the north. The vote was so close that under Parliamentary rules, it had to be annulled. A new vote will be held on March 4.

The Turkish Prime Minister was enraged that the vote had not been good enough to let U.S. troops in.

As the Parliament deliberated, more than 50,000 Turks demonstrated outside against U.S. policies.

According to U.S. reports, the number of Turks now opposing the U.S. war on Iraq has reached 94% which is probably a record in human history.

[One of the ironies of the situation is that the "Muslim" representatives in the Turkish parliament are like what we call the ISNA-W.D. types in the U.S. They were the ones SUPPORTING the entry of U.S. troops while the secular representatives were opposing it.]

Among other factors, the Turks also suspect that the U.S. might be planning some subversion to create a Kurdish state of a client type, with "democracy" for the Kurds.

2003-03-02 Sun 08:55ct