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The Strange History of ‘Mad Honey’

The Strange History of ‘Mad Honey’:

The dark, reddish, “mad honey,” known as deli bal in Turkey, contains an ingredient from rhododendron nectar called grayanotoxin — a natural neurotoxin that, even in small quantities, brings on light-headedness and sometimes, hallucinations. In the 1700s, the Black Sea region traded this potent produce with Europe, where the honey was infused with drinks to give boozers a greater high than alcohol could deliver.

U.S. Weapons, Given to Iraqis, Move to Turkey

Weapons that were originally given to Iraqi security forces by the American military have been recovered over the past year by the authorities in Turkey after being used in violent crimes in that country, Pentagon officials said Wednesday.
From U.S. Weapons, Given to Iraqis, Move to Turkey - New York Times

Remember that story about the missing weapons in Iraq? I think the Turks found some. This is blow-back in action. And it drives a wedge between us and the one friendly Muslim democracy on the planet.

Iraqi Says Turkey Is Massing 140,000 Troops

Turkey has massed 140,000 soldiers on its border with northern Iraq, Iraq’s foreign minister said Monday, calling the neighboring country’s fears of Kurdish rebels based there ”legitimate” but better resolved through negotiation.
From Iraqi Says Turkey Is Massing 140,000 Troops - New York Times

I didn’t think things could go worse. And now I think I may be wrong. What if a Turkish Surge is followed by an Iranian one? Things could get really bad really quick. The Daily Show graphic of Mess-O-Potamia comes to mind.