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  •  Turkey is interested in not having a massive (0+ / 0-)

    multivalent civil war spill over and destabilize its own economy.
    They're interested in not having millions more refugees streaming into their country.
    It's interested in being part of the EU. and benefiting economically from that.
    It's interested in being a regional power.
    They have an air force. They have bases. They should lead a no-fly zone.
    I don't think the "reward" should be condescending. It should be assistance with getting Assad out of there and bringing down the violence.

    As opposed to us repeating the Iraq mistake again.

    You can't make this stuff up.

    by David54 on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 08:03:02 AM PDT

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    •  Or (5+ / 0-)

      there could be a political solution to the unrest in Syria which current events indicate is what Turkey has shifted its focus to.

      And which:

      would probably prevent a multivalent civil war which spills over the border,

      would essentially eliminate the possibility of millions more refugees coming to Turkey,

      would probably elevate Turkey's status in the EU process,

      would make it much more likely that Turkey is seen as a trustable major power in the region - not as a bully who sees military intervention as the way to 'solve problems',

      would make it much more likely that Turkish companies are involved in the reconstruction of Syria which would in turn strengthen the Turkish economy,

      and which wouldn't pit the Turkish Air Force against the Syrian Air Force and Syrian air defenses resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars of aircraft being lost along with the deaths of potentially thousands of pilots and soldiers.

      Lamb chop, we can quibble what to call it, but I think we can both agree it's creepy.

      by InAntalya on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 08:33:12 AM PDT

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      •  Seems a little late for a political solution to (0+ / 0-)

        the problem, unless it involves what's left of the Assad regime selling him out in exchange for immunity. A "no-fly zone" would probably not allow Syrian jets into the air. If Turkey led and Nato assisted, I don't see Syrian pilots being able to do much. That would probably hasten the destruction of the regime's resolve and increase the likelihood of a political settlement.

        I definitely think it would be preferable to have a political settlement. i hope you're right.

        You can't make this stuff up.

        by David54 on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 11:26:06 AM PDT

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