Skip to main content

It seems that the possibility of a US war/military intervention in Syria is a hot topic in the US these days.

Here in Turkey it is not. The possibility that the US will be militarily involved in Syria is just not being discussed and essentially no one believes it will or should happen.

The Turkish government takes great pains to avoid even saying the word 'Syria' in public and would be very happy if the whole affair just disappeared.

After checking around as much as I could it seems that the subject is not the subject of much discussion in the Middle East and most of Europe either.

But there is, as far as I can tell, some discussion in France and a little in the UK.

It is very interesting to me that the French government is one of the most vocal proponents of military intervention in Syria while at the same time being almost at the bottom of the list of donor countries (to the Syrian opposition and for humanitarian aid for Syrians). France would love to reassert its influence over Syria but would rather have someone else foot the bill it seems.

I have been observing the Syrian opposition for a long time and I have seen that there is one thing you can always count on. Whenever the Syrian opposition suffers political or military setbacks - and both are occurring now - a great deal of seemingly orchestrated discussion about how the West, especially the US, has to intervene in Syria, along with lots of talk of massacres and chemical weapons, suddenly appears.

And that is what I think is happening again now.

Tags

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

  •  Tip Jar (13+ / 0-)

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

    by InAntalya on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 11:27:32 AM PDT

  •  Your perspective is fresh and always welcome (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    InAntalya

    Interesting idea, that the recent talk of chemical weapons might stem from opposition members hoping to stir up some intervention talk.

    In light of the fact Israel and Syria are still technically at war, it seems safe to think no outside force will intervene until and unless the major regional powers are mostly in agreement on that step. That list definitely includes Turkey. If there is no intervention chatter in Turkish society, that is a strong signal no intervention is close to happening.

    •  The Syrian opposition has never had much public (7+ / 0-)

      support in Turkey but it did have strong government support for quite a while.

      I think the last straw was when the rebels decided to 'liberate' Ar-Raqqah even though its residents openly pleaded with them not to come.

      When it was pointed out to the rebels that if they 'liberated' the city there would be even greater difficulty in obtaining enough food for the million or so residents and the additional million or so Syrians who had fled to Ar-Raqqah to escape the fighting in Aleppo and Damascus. The rebels replied something to the effect 'It's not a problem. They can just go to Turkey'. This remark was not very well received here.

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

      by InAntalya on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 12:19:03 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site