In case you missed, the news that Kurdish rebells have killed 17 or so Turkish soldiers has made world headlines. 

But the fact that, according to the same sources, “Turkey’s military general staff said 32 rebels were killed in continuing clashes in the southeast” doesn’t make headlines such as “32 Kurdish rebells killed.”

It’s the Turkish soldiers who we care about, because “Turkey’s tougher stance has helped propel global oil prices to record highs over the past week.”

And for that reason, perhaps, America’s president Bush “strongly condemns the violent attacks in Hakkari Province and extends his condolences to the families who lost loved ones and to all the people of Turkey.”  

But when it comes to extending his condolences to all the Armenian people for the genocide of 1.5 million Armenians, Mr. Bush… “HEY, the gas prices are rising I have to run.”

So yes, 17 Turkish soldiers are worth more than 32 Kurdish rebells and 1.5 million Armenian civilians. 

Thanks to our reader Ani for bringing the news item to our attention.