The Syrian civil war took a definitive turn towards becoming a proper international crisis. Earlier today, Syrian shells fell on a Turkish border town killing five civilians. Turkey responded soon after by shelling targets within Syria. Turkey is, of course, a member of NATO:
NATO said it would convene an urgent meeting on the issue Wednesday. Before firing into Syria, Turkey contacted the United Nations and NATO to protest the killings and express its “deepest concern.” Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said she was “outraged” by the mortar attack in Turkey.
The NATO meeting condemned Syrian actions and issued a statement that, among other things, stated that “The alliance continues to stand by Turkey and demands the immediate cessation of such aggressive acts against an ally.” The tone is intentionally ominous.This has been brewing for quite a while. AI editor Adam Garfinkle considered what Turkish intervention would look like as far back as March, and then suggested shortly thereafter that the Turks had been rebuffed by the Obama administration when they floated the possibility of intervention privately. More recently, Via Meadia looked at how Turkish intervention might play out with Iran, should it come to pass. No doubt there will be more to come.[UPDATED]