Deutsche Welle is reporting that NATO has come to an agreement over defending Turkey and will begin planning for Turkey’s defenses in the event of a war with Iraq. AWACS and missle batteries are on their way.
Regardless of what one thinks of a war with Iraq this is a good thing. NATO has to be pragmatic rather than idealistic and pragmatism called for the planning of the defense of Turkey in the likely event that war does erupt. NATO has to defend its members or it has no reason to exist.