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Sunday, 3 February 2013
How Can Turkey Work With Israel Or The United States?

From an article about Leon Panetta:

"He reiterated the US has been working closely with Jordan, Turkey and Israel on contingency plans to ensure the security of chemical or biological weapons in Syria, particularly if the regime of President Bashar al-Assad collapses."

The best way to "ensure the security of chemiical or biological weapons in Syria" is to make sure they do not leave the control -- voluntarily or involuntarily -- of the current Syrian regime. That means no seizing of weapons by Jabhat Al-Nusra and other rebel groups, against the Syrian regime's wishes, and no transfer of weapons to Hezbollah because of the Syrian regime's wishes.

In the end, the best way to deal with the situation is to destroy as many such weapons, and the systems -- such as SA-17 anti-aircraft missiles --  that make it harder to destroy them should they be moved to such groups as Hezbollah.

Israel has just performed a great service, for itself and for the entire West, by apparently destroying both a convoy carrying SA-17 missiles, and a Syrian facility devoted to chemical and biological warfare.

But Turkey -- one of the countries that Leon Panetta claims the American government is working with, has a foregin minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, who has denounced the very Israeli attack he should, if he is on the side of the West, be praising, and not only has denounced it, but announces that Turkey will take the side of any Muslim state that Israel attacks in the future.

This can't go on. Turkey, the current regime in Turkey, has to be slapped down. It should not have been supplied with the protection that Patriot Missiles afford. It should not be part of the effort to secure or destroy the WMD in Syria -- only Israel, and the United States, are able and willing to deal with that. Its government ought to be given to understand that patience is at an end, and that NATO will begin to discuss a future mission (that of halting the spread of Islam) and, therefore, a future without Turkey.

Posted on 02/03/2013 11:54 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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