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Turkey's Dangerous Ambitions

World  (tags: Turkey, Russia, world, Shiites, Sunnis, Erdogan, Iraq protest, Turkish-Syrian border )

- 1215 days ago -
Russia has increased its military assets in the region, including deploying S-400 air and anti-missile defense systems, probably ready to shoot down the first Turkish fighter jet flying over Syrian skies.


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Animae C (508)
Friday December 25, 2015, 2:12 pm
Thanx Nancy

Teresa Cowley (274)
Saturday December 26, 2015, 11:18 am
Why are countries always so eager to go to war (or so it seems to me)? After a while, it seems to simply make no sense at all--every thing is "he said/she said" and innocent lives are lost--men, women and children. I haven't posted on Care2 in months because I took this "non-violent" stance in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (at that time). A couple of people took offense--I advocated non-violence--I still do.
It seems to me that "the old foment the war that the young die in"--put another way, "the rich (and/or powerful) foment war that the poor with no power die in". IMO, if the rich old guys from any nation want a war, they can go fight it--just don't make a mess (LOL).
Thanks Nancy--sorry for the rant--but I"ve wanted to say that for MONTHS!

Nancy C (806)
Saturday December 26, 2015, 6:36 pm
you go girl!!!

Past Member (0)
Sunday December 27, 2015, 11:31 am

Ivana D (50)
Sunday December 27, 2015, 2:51 pm

Past Member (0)
Monday December 28, 2015, 11:09 am
At least just wait for me to leave the country... :)

federico bortoletto (44)
Thursday December 31, 2015, 1:15 pm

Walter F (128)
Thursday December 31, 2015, 5:03 pm
Ataturk would be very disappointed if he was to come back to his homeland and saw the non sectarian state he created almost destroyed .The religious authorities he disempowered are making more and more of a comeback,

Lona G (66)
Thursday December 31, 2015, 8:22 pm
Turkey's arrogant ambitions are further increased by Western support which hasn't weaned by the unreliability of the Turkish government in regard to West. It offered America a base to start their bombardments of Da'esh from and promised to join the Americans in these bombardments, but instead bombarded the Kurds in Syria as part of their plan to rid Turkey of all Kurds. It doesn't matter to Turkey that these Syrian Kurds are the only true allies of the West in their fight on the ground against Da'esh. The West allowed these Peshmerga fighters and their villages to be bombarded in exchange for their military base in Turkey. The West also turns a blind eye to Turkey being one of the largest buyers of illegal Da'esh oil, funding Da'esh while keeping its own economy afloat.

Turkey has harboured 1.5 million Syrian refugees, many who were felt trapped and so unwelcome there that they started the wave of refugees going into Europe this past summer. To bring this flow to a halt, Europe has been negotiating with Turkey about keeping the refugees in Turkey by giving them better living conditions and better prospects. Europe promised (and has started sending) billions of dollars towards this goal, but Turkey also used the opportunity to ingress further in the EU, demanding renewed talks about EU membership despite it having become a sectarian state with a increasingly bad humanitarian record. The money was still warm in the Turkish banks when reports came in that Turkey has thrown large numbers of Syrian refugees out of their camps and told them to go to Europe.

In its arrogance Turkey now also has alienated itself from Russia by taking down the Russian fighter. There's no way of telling what the Turkish government will do next, but it is clear that it is both unpredictable and very untrustworthy. Neither Russia nor the West should play the games the Turkish government is playing.

Craig Pittman (52)
Tuesday January 5, 2016, 5:18 am
One way for people to have an impact on Turkey's actions is by not going there as a tourist. Our governments remain engaged with Turkey through trade and the arms industry. It always seems to come down to economics. Thanks for the story Nancy.

Past Member (0)
Sunday February 7, 2016, 10:47 pm
Noted with thanks Nancy
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