Turkey Talks Tough but Rejects War with Syria
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  • Kris

    Ataturk’s goal (and legacy) was to transform the doddering and ineffectual Ottoman Empire into a strong and modern state. Is Erdogan trying to turn back the clock in all areas? His decapitation of the military certainly seems indicative.

  • Kris

    [email protected]: Ataturk must be a Mossad agent! 🙂

  • Kris

    Sigh. I don’t suppose I could convince a kind moderator to replace “Ataturk” in @2 with “Erdogan”?

  • Matthew

    What about this?

    From the AP on Jun 27:

    In a speech to parliament, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Syria shot down the unarmed reconnaissance plane in international airspace without warning in a “deliberate” and “hostile” act.

    “Any military element that approaches the Turkish border from Syria and poses a security risk and danger will be regarded as a threat and treated as a military target,” Erdogan said.

    “No one should be deceived by our cool-headed stance,” he added. “Our acting with common sense should not be perceived as a weakness.”

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