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12:07 AM on 10/09/2012
The fact is that Turkey is a rising power on the international scene as a G-20 founding member, with a European seat on the UN Security Council, and head of the Organization of Islamic Conference in one of the most critical geographies in the world. Turkey has arrived and is not going anywhere, regardless of Washington's rhetoric about "Who lost Turkey?" Or "Where is Turkey going?" Therefore, despite all of its bluster and rhetoric, Turkey remains America's most crucial ally in region.
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kinopravda
12:38 AM on 10/09/2012
Turkey is also a wonderful country in general, as are the Turks in general. Syria could learn a thing or two from the Turkish people!
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Dick Stone
My Andalusian works hard and loves his job
12:59 AM on 10/09/2012
I have no idea what history book that lead you to that conclusion, perhaps you should study a little more on this history of the Turks and Syrians.
01:49 AM on 10/09/2012
kinopravda---any country could learn a lot from the Turkish people---most hospitable, kind, people I've met and I've traveled a lot---I think Turkey is fabulous...history, art, entrepreneurial spirit---most everything I picked up, "Made In Turkey"---Istanbul is close to 3 times the size of NYC and far more modern and interesting....I have friends there and I worry about this situation...
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Charlotte Bonnie
Agnostic. Turkish-American. Classical liberal. Gay
04:04 AM on 10/09/2012
When you're done with the chest beating come down to the earth and face the facts.
http://www.globalresearch.ca/turkey-syria-skirmish-was-it-a-false-flag-unknown-whether-artillery-came-from-rebels-or-government/
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04:32 AM on 10/09/2012
Syria has admitted a shelling from Syrian territory killed five civilians in Turkey and apologized for the incident. How does that fit into your link?
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12:05 AM on 10/09/2012
The analytic acumen displayed on this thread leads one to believe if most commenters have received anything more than a middle-school education. The level of racially tinged rhetoric masquerading as anything more than sheer ignorance is par for the course.
11:49 PM on 10/08/2012
Let the Turks clean house. The army is extremely qualified and ruthless. I served with a detachment in Korea and so did my duty NCO when he was in active combat in 1952. They also make their own arms and munitions and need little help. I do hope NATO lives up to the treaty and follows them in.
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12:11 AM on 10/09/2012
You might be confusing the Turkish population with the Americans blood lusting couch warriors.
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Synoia
12:13 AM on 10/09/2012
Oh. The Ottoman Empire was such a paragon of efficiency and good governance, that all of its former colonies (provinces) cannot wait for the return of Ottoman rule.

That's why the Iraqis were so enthusiastic in having Turkey invade from the north to liberate them from Saddam.

Israel of course would love a powerful Turkish led (Muslim) empire on their borders. That would be so conducive to Israel's longevity.

Go and learn some history, and stop making such stupid remarks.
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Dick Stone
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01:00 AM on 10/09/2012
You are absolutely correct.
10:46 PM on 10/09/2012
Stupid is as stupid does and you probably have done enough to fill a life time.......
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JBaker
fictio cedit veritati
11:49 PM on 10/08/2012
Another nice little war we can stay out of. Syria cannot directly attack the U.S. so we are under no imminent threat.
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onasphere
Dopeless hope addict.
12:20 AM on 10/09/2012
Nor does one single Syrian care in any way what one American does to another.
sammy3110
Humpty Dumpty was pushed
01:53 AM on 10/09/2012
Good point.
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catboycolo
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12:40 AM on 10/09/2012
They can threaten Turkey, Israel and Jordan directly and those Nations are our friends. I do not believe in American Boots on the ground in this case, but a prudent leader, which we have in Obama, takes nothing Off the table. That is why Obama is so good and Romney a big oaf. There are no simple answers to any crisis like this, because we can never see the future.
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JBaker
fictio cedit veritati
10:31 AM on 10/09/2012
Turkey, Israel, and Jordan are questionable "friends" since they don't do anything for us, only for themselves. Israel has its nuclear arsenal already and can take care of itself just fine. Nation building begins at home, and the U.S. does not need to act as classroom monitor for entire planet, which in any event, we cannot financially afford.
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11:45 PM on 10/08/2012
obama,,stay the hell out of the Syrian fight. Turkey will handle it. they do not need you sticking your nose into it. pull our troops out of Afghanistan they don,t want us there . tha tis another place us do not belong
12:33 AM on 10/09/2012
The problem is not Obama, the problem is the NATO Alliance pact, or North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
The September 2001 attacks signalled the only occasion in NATO's history that Article 5 of the North Atlantic treaty has been invoked as an attack on all NATO members.

So...
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tomcorr
A nation of sheep will beget a gov of wolves
12:42 AM on 10/09/2012
Too late the comitment has been made---

US and Turkey to set up Syria crisis working group

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said a working group will be set up with Turkey to plan a joint response to the Syrian crisis.

The US, she said, was also increasing aid for Syrian refugees.

She said two million people were in need of humanitarian assistance in Syria.

Mrs Clinton announced an extra $5.5m in help for displaced Syrians in Turkey, saying this would bring US aid to Syria to $82m.
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Dick Stone
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01:04 AM on 10/09/2012
I don't suppose that she mentioned that there will be 5.5 million more taken from the American taxpayers to help these displaced Syrians, and that in order to provide that 5.5 million 43% of it will have to be borrowed from the Chinese, that are smart enough to stay out of the regime change business.
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11:43 PM on 10/08/2012
GARBLE Your worse case scenario means cake walk to me.
11:39 PM on 10/08/2012
NATO Designed Mortar Used in Attack Blamed on Syria
http://www.infowars.com/nato-designed-mortar-used-in-attack-blamed-on-syria/
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joebaggadonuts
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12:47 AM on 10/09/2012
I heard a report that it was Russian. Any better sources? I found two which claim Syria apologized for last Wednesday's attack but nothing to back the radio report I heard which said yesterday's was russian. Aside from the link below there was a Guardian report from last week saying Russia asked Syria to apologize. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2012/10/2012103181110169706.html
11:37 PM on 10/08/2012
Send more guns its what Romney would do!
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mortonrchrd
How you gonna get down that hill
12:15 AM on 10/09/2012
You in some sort of alternate universe there JT ? Who do you think is arming and funding the al-Qaida ("rebels") ?
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catboycolo
I'll have the coffee, not the KoolAid
12:43 AM on 10/09/2012
You have proof that the Syrian rebels are controlled by or consisting of a majority of Al- Qaeda members. Or are you just sitting at your keyboard spouting nonsense from Uranus? Funny that the western world is fairly in the dark about the actual situation on the ground.
10:43 PM on 11/06/2012
 religion   i say do away with it
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tomcorr
A nation of sheep will beget a gov of wolves
12:46 AM on 10/09/2012
Mrs Clinton announced an extra $5.5m in help for displaced Syrians in Turkey, saying this would bring US aid to Syria to $82m.
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don johnson15
11:26 PM on 10/08/2012
Assad can't win his own civil war, does he think he can beat Turkey?
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TytoMetatron
Gleefully irreverent.
12:21 AM on 10/09/2012
He's like a real-world version of Joffrey Baratheon.
12:37 AM on 10/09/2012
Assad has allies that could get involved if Turkey gets heavier. You would be surprised who could get involved if certain countries see things changing in a way they do not want.

They could say, this is the time to make a BIG change in the world... Other countries will defend their interests in certain parts of the world...
11:19 PM on 10/08/2012
MiddleEastCrisis. That's all one word. Has been ever since I was born eighty years ago. The US is not the leader of the free world or anything. In 2008, the US voters voted Vladimir Putin world strongman.
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julesmu84
11:16 PM on 10/08/2012
I'm really rooting for Turkey to take a stand and deal with this situation.
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Dick Stone
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01:06 AM on 10/09/2012
Turkey created this situation.
11:15 PM on 10/08/2012
I wonder if Jay-z and beyonce preformed in any of Assad's parties.
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catboycolo
I'll have the coffee, not the KoolAid
12:45 AM on 10/09/2012
Right, because liberal African-Americans often associate with vicious middle-east dictators.
02:13 PM on 10/09/2012
oh the irony of your statement. B and jay-z preformed for ghadaffi along with usher, mariah, and Nelly furtado.
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VoteBlago 2012
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11:12 PM on 10/08/2012
Sad that Turkey finally has to step in since Obama cant seem to talk Assad out of killing his own people
11:40 PM on 10/08/2012
The CIA-backed Free Syria Army is based in Antakya, the largest city in Hatay. The FSA is armed and funded by the Gulf States of Saudi Arabia and Qatar and receives logistics from the United States. As we noted in September, there is ample evidence that a large number of FSA rebels are in fact members of al-Qaeda.
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12:09 AM on 10/09/2012
Perhaps you should begin your education by pulling out a map? :)
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antonioarganda
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02:17 PM on 10/09/2012
And they are doing most of the killing. Al-Houla and Daraya were already confirmed as FSA massacres.
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12:15 AM on 10/09/2012
Obama does not know how to handle foreign crisis. Has been figured out by now!
RTIII
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10:56 PM on 10/08/2012
President Gul is correct in the comments attributed to him at the end of this article: Let us hope that Syria can end this violence sooner rather than later, and certainly it is clear that change MUST and WILL come. Assad has made a major error.
11:41 PM on 10/08/2012
Why the hell would Turkey just jump into a war with Syria for obvious random provocations by rogue groups? In a cotton field? I mean come on .. if the Syrian govt was attacking them i think it would be alittle more ‘on target’ and widespread than that .. so to me its obvious that the west is using Turkey to manipulate its way into war with Syria and probably Iran, and Turkey is just playing along with the west like a good little ‘do boy’ .. i hope they get hit hard by somebody for being such lackeys .
12:41 AM on 10/09/2012
After taking on a good 25% of Syria's population and frustrated at what is going on in Syria that no other country wants to attempt to do anything about except make condemnations, Turkey has had enough. They are retaliating for the mere fact that if Assad can't control his country they will...
10:51 PM on 10/08/2012
Plucky Little Turkey Standing Up to Evil Syria? It's Not as Simple as That.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article32689.htm
11:40 PM on 10/08/2012
These puns comparing the country Turkey with the bird turkey are really immature. If even the title insults Turks, the whole article is probably biased. Pass.