Turkey isn't just for Thanksgiving and Christmas
Countries across the world implored Turkey to do nothing rash, but the vote was 507 to 19. Besides a small, pro-Kurdish Democratic Society Party opposed the parliamentary resolution, the Turkeish parliament was compeltely in favor of military action to reduce the threat of Kurdish terrorist group Kurdistan Workers' Party, according to the Washington Post. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/10/17/AR2007101700967.html?hpid=topnews
According to the New York Times, "The vote to authorize sending troops, which Turkish officials say gives them up to a year to take action, was, in essence, a blunt request for the United States to acknowledge Turkey’s status as an important ally in a troubled and complex region."
Among phone calls received before the legislation was passed, the Prime Minister of Iraq Nouri al-Maliki talked with Turkey's President Abdullah Gul and asked for more time to deal with the PKK.