Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Russia, the PKK, and the South Ossetian energy war

Apparently I'm not the only one who has doubts about the supposed PKK sabotage of a Turkish section of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline a few weeks ago. Enis Berberoğlu, in the high-circulation Turkish daily Hürriyet, writes (through a terrible translator) of his own suspicions that the PKK – supposed attackers of the pipeline – is a "subcontractor" of Russia, working to destabilize the BTC pipeline. Though the article's light on evidence (not uncommon in east-of-Western-Europe news organizations), it recalls a 1998 press conference, when the military wing of the PKK declared its opposition to the BTC pipeline project, then in the planning stages. Also joining Berberoğlu in his accusations of Russian involvement in the PKK's anti-pipeline actions is Hürriyet's editor-in-chief Fatih Çekirge, who also believes that the pipeline sabotage was not "a simple terror attack," but rather "a by-product of an international war on energy security," undertaken by Russia with the PKK as a mere proxy.

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