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OBSERVERS CONCERNED THAT TURKEY COULD GO TO WAR WITH SYRIA AFTER TURKEY SAID BASICALLY JUST THAT
October 12 2012
Ankara, Turkey – While it may be difficult for people the region to truly understand the nature of the conflict in Syria, it has become clear in recent weeks that it is no longer something we can simply ignore as the war starts to break out of its borders.
Incursions into foreign countries have been happening from the start and have for the most part been ignored. That is not the case for Turkey, at least not anymore which has been at odds with the Syrian government nearly from the start, beset by refugees, and now been the victim of clear attacks.
That has of course increased the tension inside Turkey, particularly following a decision by the Parliament to allow war measures and the decision to force a passenger plane to land in its territory. All of that, plus rhetorical comments from the Prime Minister, have sparked serious concerns from the outside that Turkey may well be looking to go to war with Syria which is really what Turkey has been saying, actually saying that right out loud to everyone who will listen, and now they are presumably.
“Definitely Turkey's main effort should be to stay within international consensus, do its utmost to try to bring Russia, China, and Iran and all the other players that are part of the problem there onto the same page,” Turkish analyst Hugh Pope told Reuters. “There are signs that Russia is uneasy with the situation, and that Iran is uneasy, and Turkey should build on those.... It's really important for Turkey that it not be seen as part of the Syrian problem.”
Turkey has been engaged already in border battles with Syrian forces and has said it will respond with full force if needed.
That type of commentary usually means war and it appears people are now starting to take the Turks seriously.
“It’s pretty clear, at least to me, that Turkey is pretty serious about fighting because, well, because they keep saying they are serious about fighting. They’ve actually been saying it in very clear terms, that they are more than willing to go to war with Syria if this nonsense keeps up and it’s good that people are starting to take them seriously,” said Scrape TV International Conflict analyst Mario Martinez. “I mean there was really no reason to not take them seriously because they were quite serious about, have been since the start, and I think when someone is that serious you have to take them at their word for the most part.”
Prime Minster Erdogan has been at odds with the Syrian government nearly since the start and appears ready for war at any second.
“No one is really doubting Turkey now it appears which is good for Turkey I suppose, unless of course Syria is the one that isn’t taking them seriously. That’s kind of an important player in all of this and if Syria doesn’t take them seriously then it could well lead to war, well, will actually. That’s pretty much a guarantee now,” continued Martinez. “One would assume Syria doesn’t want that and so if they actually start to take Turkey seriously they might back down but then they might not. You never know with Syria, they seem kind of wacky really.”
Turkey has many, many guns ready so it’s coming.
Emil Uliya, International Correspondent