Milliyet. Turkey Aug 28 2017 Tomorrow May Be Too Late! by Fuat Bol [Armenian News note: the below is translated from Turkish] Opportunities in general and historic opportunities in particular are prizes; if their value is known, all will be good, but if their value is not known, the ship will sail! Once [former] US President [George H. W.] Bush had proposed [former President Turgut] Ozal to jointly enter Iraq. The Americans would enter from the south and we would enter from the north. Ozal had said all right, but he had not been to convince the chief of staff, who used to be "the bearer of the leadership role" at that time. In fact, the chief of staff had resigned in order to avoid carrying out the order in question. The chief of staff who had replaced him had come to office on that condition and he had resisted. Eventually the project had failed. And instead of us the United States had cooperated with the Kurds and it had entered Iraq with their support. In return for what? In the short run, in return for the north of the 30th parallel and in the long run, in return for the Greater Kurdistan which would be established by taking territory first from Syria and later from Iran and Turkey! Among the United States's plans there is also an Armenia project which will be based in Van and which will include six provinces in its region. With the Iraq' war, the Syrian war, their disintegration, and even with the PKK [Kurdistan Workers' Party]-PYD [Democratic Union Party] and DA'ISH [Arabic acronym for ISIS] they are merely putting these projects into practice. Those who used to oppose Ozal then and even today argued and continue to argue that [Iraq] was a quagmire, that we would not be able to get out once we entered, and that we would drown there. Hello! We did not intend to enter Iraq for winning territory. We intended to enter for securing our borders and preventing separatist terrorist organizations from settling there. For example, today we have entered Syria with Operation Euphrates Shield. Are we in Syria for the sake of territory? There is no doubt that we do not have any designs in anyone's territory but we are obliged to do this for the sake of the security of our borders. Had we been able to secure our borders then, the calamity called the PKK would hot have grown this much and it would not have hurt us so much. Currently the same thing is happening in the north of Syria. We have undersigned great success with the first Operation Euphrates Shield, but this is not enough. This is because by giving the PYD 1,000 trucks full of arms and ammunition, the United States wants to root out the Turks from there, to ensure that that strip reaches the Mediterranean by means of Azez, and to allocate the entire northern Syria to the Kurds. Turkey should never allow this. Turkey should not believe the United States's lies to the effect that those weapons will only be used against DA'ISH and it should take the required steps. The requirement in question is a second operation and blocking the route from the north to the Mediterranean. The bells for the independence in northern Iraq have already begun tolling. Even though the United States says that now is not a good time, it should be known that tomorrow is an unknown tomorrow! Look, Israel has already announced that it will recognize Kurdistan, which was placed before it just like a plum! A British, Israeli, and American game is being played in the Middle East and projects are being put into practice step by step. Turkey should spoil this game before it becomes a part of it!