Threats are not the way to deal with Turkey; Iran is the latest country to make this mistake. Mustafa Akyol reports in the Turkish English language paper Daily News that an Iranian official has warned that if the US or Israel attack Iran, Iran will retaliate against missile sites in Turkey.Nothing could be better calculated to deepen Turkish hostility to Iran as the two countries prepare to duel for influence in Syria and Iraq — both formerly part of the Ottoman Empire and coveted for centuries by Persian rulers. We live in a strange world; first Israeli diplomatic clumsiness and ineptitude drives the Turks toward Iran, then the Iranians drive them back.Via Meadia thinks Turkey deserves better than this — and we know the Turks react badly to bullies and threats. Iran is in an increasingly tight spot: isolated and on the defensive regionally, with sanctions biting harder by the day.Worth remembering when American commentators wax hyperbolic about our latest foreign policy misstep: the other side makes mistakes, too. Lots of them.
Iran Threatens Turkey Over Missile Shield