Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Turkey Threatens Syria

Please notice the words that the Prime Minister of Turkey uses in reference to his nation's crisis with Syria:
Erdogan said Syria shot down the unarmed plane in international airspace in a `deliberate' and `hostile' act and without warning. He said border violations in the region were not uncommon. He said Syrian helicopters violated Turkish airspace five times recently, without Turkish response. 
"No one should be deceived by our cold blooded stance," Erdogan said. "Our acting with common sense should not be perceived as a weakness." 
The downing of the jet has aggravated tense ties between the two neighbors. Turkey has repeatedly called on Syrian President Bashar Assad to step down as 33,000 Syrians have sought refuge in Turkey, fleeing a government crackdown on a popular uprising.  
Erdogan said as much as Turkey's friendship is valuable, Turkey's "wrath is as much violent and crushing."  
He said: "we will continue to be a burning torment for circles who have adopted a hostile attitude toward Turkey."  (from Fox News article)
Turkey is understandably upset about the downing of its aircraft, but it appears to have flown into Syrian sovereign airspace.  Last time I checked, Syria has the right to defend itself from perceived threats that enter into the airspace of its nation.

After these bellicose and inflammatory words from Erdogan, plus Turkey's behavior over the past few months, I must recommend that Turkey be removed from NATO and never be considered for entrance into the European Union.  We should do no fighting on Turkey's behalf.  It is clearly a regime hell bent on expanding its power in both the Middle East and Europe, and the actions it takes and wishes to take are not in the best interests of the United States of America.

Please see my previous posts on Turkey for more validation of my stance based on their behavior:

17 Aug 11: Coup Plot in Turkey

Disclaimer: These opinions are solely my own, and do not reflect the opinions or official positions of any United States Government agency, organization or department.

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