The Turkish military has deployed tanks to its border with Syria today, and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced that Syria is a “clear and present threat” to the Turkish government’s security, vowing attacks on any Syrian troops that are perceived as being too close to their mutual border.
The threat comes by way of retaliation against Syria for shooting down a Turkish warplane that had violated Syrian airspace and was speeding toward Latakia Province. Syria insists they didn’t know what the warplane was when they fired at it.
The threat of attacks along the border is very real, as Turkey has allowed the Free Syrian Army to base itself out of Turkish territory and Syria’s military has been bolstering border patrols in an attempt to keep rebels entering the country with impunity.
Beyond the threat of Turkish (and by extension NATO) attacks on Syria, fighting is escalating inside the country, with rebels launching attacks on the outskirts of the capital city of Damascus today, and Bashar Assad terming the situation a “real state of war from all angles.”
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Turkey will do anything and everything to start the war with Syrian government and disturb the Kofi Annan peace plan, Turkey is the servant of NATO in the region, the Jordanians, the UAE and Saudis are the beneficiaries of the conflict, US and England are the vulture Capitalism waiting to feed themselves of the Syrian peoples dead bodies, thats how the Vulture capitalism – militarism operates, this is the nature of the system, although the system is color blind and have a religious or two on his sleeves, and talks about democracy day and night, but that dosen’t mean that the system is not falsifies all that for the vulture system. Every US president needs to have a war or two on his name, here the humanity means nothing to the system nor the president, what he (the president is doing) is protecting the vultures’ within the system to bring the next president a new war. Mitt Romney, you are selected and called upon for the next US war mission.., are you ready….!
US and NATO plans is to start a regional war no matter what, Turkey is the way to start that war. Turkey did send its American Jet to provide information and test the Syrians defense mechanism, they paid the price for it.
Look: US and NATO don’t care about Al Queada or any other terrorist groups operating in Syria or other part of this world, their plan is based on getting into northern part of Persian Gulf countries, occupying it, having a military base as they have in Libya. If they were “caring" or worried about these terrorist groups they wouldn't help them in Afghanistan or in Iraq or in Libya and other countries as well. These elements are the capitalism last resort as they used them in Kosovo and Afghanistan, Iraq…., what MI 5 or MI 6 or others as like are saying is BS, the elements are living all over Europe and are “imported” by the same MI 5 or MI 6 to fight for their gods, they don’t care who, what and for what reason they are fighting, they just want to fight what has been said to be a bad thing to their beliefs. These elements are used and EU so as US government – system knows that they can be used in future presidents – prim ministers non-ending wars.
Very well said, mojo.
About the "announcement of 'War' by Assad….it's clear Assad is "concerned", as he was wearing a helmet and flat jacket in the underground bunker from where his speech was made to his "newly appointed Cabinet"…this game changing 'announcement' coming before his explanation of the virtues of renewable energy (what is commonly referred to as "Green energy" in the US).
I'm guessing the underground bunker from which this speech was made was most likely similar to the 'underground bunker' **** Cheney was whisked away to when the nation was informed Commercial airlines were high-jacked…and the terrorists were most likely gunning for him personally–probably had a team of people with binoculars on the commercial flight ordered to spot the "grey haired white main in his 60s" to crash into from thousands of feet above the Earth…
I'm just glad we live in peace here, and we never have to hear the term "War" in speeches…such as the State of the Union speech made from the US Capitol year after year….
Come to think of it though, I'm not quite sure what "War" he was referring to. Was it the "conflict" internally, or some ongoing "dispute" with the 'West' he later touched on. Perhaps he was referring to the "War on Drugs" we recently won…. It couldn't be the "War on Terror", as that is something we are fighting globally.. Who knows what he was referring to…
Were any more specifics given, such as what this will actually mean? Are there new Martial Law curfews in Damascus?
It's a good thing to see the "rebels" doing so well…obviously they no longer need our help at this time–as they are killing 5 to 10 Syrian troops per rebel loss and they are "at the gates" of Damascus.. The tanks Turkey has sent to the border seem unnecessary at this point… Even Syrian State TV is reporting they are being bombed…I'm sure this is to concede defeat and support for the new "rulers" bombing the station and endorsement of their killing of "innocent people"–which is what is being reported…
This is of no concern, I'm sure, as according to the lame-stream, there's and old Chinese proverb: "meet the new boss…same as the old boss"… This was said by Buddha to Confucius in a special meeting they had in 1865 AD.
Problem solved…can everyone move on now?
Quite right Ben. These conniving foreigners like Assad always speak circuitously and mendaciously in order to hide their real motives, the total military/secret police enslavement of their helpless populations. Such a contrast with the lands of the free. It is fortunate that America has brave and selfless leadership committed to the front ranks in the face of danger, just like the Kings of old England. I am thankful that their allies such as Mr. Erdogan are also committed to protection for Dee….mocracy and of course for the children. It's good to know that they will assist with any needed kinetic actions.
You must be either stone dead drunk or insanely ignorant. Forget about the propaganda they teach you at your schools, go get some real education.
Um, I'm fairly sure both Ben_C and Doug_in_Indiana are being highly sarcastic. Remember, parody LOOKS like stupid, but doesn't mean it IS.
On a second reading, you might just be right about the parody. If they were parody, their writers have my apologies.
No need to apologize. You're correct in that what I wrote wasn't "parody"; rather, it was more 'satire'…satire mixed with a little blind rage–which was my state of mind at the time…
Obviously the entire meaning was lost on you. I'm not shocked. 'Let's' just leave it at that…
You are talking BS, Ben C. so as those who agree with you, are you a member of the democratic party, blinded by the lies of your leaders, unable to see the truth, wanting to change the directions of the truth. Show the photos of Assad being in a bunker making that speech…, Show the world that photo that his in army gear and wearing a helmet directing the issue that you describing. But then again, if you are one of those members then that is your nature to be a lier and falsifying matters to your benefits protecting the nature of vulture capitalism.
There are more red necks on this site than before. Where are you coming from?
Please gents – the above were joking repetitions of the sort of comments that are issued by Washington in the major media. This was to spotlight the governmental idiocy and is called satire. Believe me, I do not need any more 'education' in government sponsored institutions. Had enough 40 and 50 years ago to spend a lifetime overcoming.
For a number of months, Turkey has been a refugee for anti-Asad fighters. Moving with impunity back and forth across the border, these rebels have struck at both military and civilian targets and retreated to the safety of Turkish territory. In addition, the US and its partners have applied both covert and overt efforts to overthrow the Syrian regime. US and other NATO forces are in Turkey and providing logistical aid to the insurgents. They are also gathering information with the intention to use when open hostilities are ordered.
With a media campaign hammering away at Americans to build public support for another war, the US/NATO have actively sought some excuse to outflank concerns of yet one more war for regime change. Sending reconnaissance planes into Syrian territory and inviting a military response could not have been better orchestrated.
Turkey, with its US/NATO backers, expects the world to accept that it is innocent of any wrong doing. Months of hostility and acting as a base for guerrillas are to be excused. But, if NATO will meet its obligation to defend Turkey when it is “attacked,” then it will all be worth it.
What does not get attention is that the deteriorating situation in Syria is not solely due to Bashar al-Asad’s dictatorship. As it was in the 1940s and 1950s, Syria has become a battleground for larger interests. Saudi and GCC money, US/NATO covert measures, a media campaign that is reminiscent of the build to the 2003 war in Iraq, economic sanctions that cripple civilian livelihood with the hope that it produces greater discontent and rebellion, and the every push for military invasion have contributed to the spiraling violence.
Turkey has, is and will continue to play its designated role in bringing down its neighbor. When Syria dissolves into ethnic, sectarian and geographic entities, the potential for regional chaos will rise and greater commitment of men, material and treasure will be required.
On a side note. A cynical one admittedly. If a more conventional war starts and if Russia and China decide to allow their latest anti-tank weaponry to be used on a wide scale, Turkey wihtout full US air support will pay a heavy price for the sake of testing major powers technological abilities. Lesser powers enganging in this kind of adventures should always consider the wider spectrum of interests the biggest players follow on their behalf. I suppose though restraint doesn't have much chance, hubris can affect anyone.
I'm not yet convinced that Turkey is ready to side with Faux Israel.
I can't imagine why any Muslim on earth would support these rebels. They are on the payroll of the United States. We need the money badly at home to pay school teachers and for healthcare. The American public is sick of supporting terrorists and military brats.
What a man feels he deserves, this is his goal in life to achieve and it controls every aspect of his mind, character and personality.
If everyone in Syria were convicted that this day of life was more then they deserved, that life was not an “unalienable right” due and owed to us by nature, but a free gift we did not deserve making us most grateful toward nature, then there would be peace. For everyone would then feel that they deserve less and always give all they could give.
But, so long as the people have the illusion that they deserve life, there will always be war. For they will strive to “Be All You Can Be,” to earn all you can earn, take all you can take, own all you can own and to be a dictator over all that you own.
What should really trouble the public is Turkey's deployment of MLRS rocket batteries along their border. Unlike AA guns, which are strictly defensive, and tanks, which can really be used either way, MLRS batteries are inherently offensive weapons, and the more that these weapons are deployed, the more likely it is that they will be used. Turkey stands to lose its legitimacy as the victim in this skirmish with Syria if they start raining rockets on their neighbors. http://bit.ly/KOCvo5
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