Bashar al-Assad can breathe a bit easier this morning, as Turkey’s Prime Minister Erdoğan has explicitly ruled out any military retaliation after Syrian forces shot down a Turkish fighter jet last Friday.Turkey’s Today’s Zaman reports:
Ankara has long been saying that the Assad regime, facing a 16-month-long uprising, has been massacring its own people and that it has lost legitimacy, and insists that Assad should leave power. But in remarks following the jet crisis, Turkish officials have also rejected “warmongering,” saying Turkey will be measured in its response.
Turkish leaders aren’t known to be shy when it comes to defending national prestige, so the fact that they’re exercising restraint here indicates that they really don’t want to get mixed up in the Syrian war.Via Meadia suspected that Turkey would keep its cool in this case. Now, with none of Syria’s neighbors pushing for intervention, Washington will have to think long and hard about whether to keep this item on the agenda or to roll back its anti-Assad rhetoric.