Posted by Joshua on Monday, October 15th, 2012
– Haldun Solmazturk, a retired brigadier-general
“…it looks as if … the Turkish government, they do want to go to war.”
– Joshua Landis, the director of the Center for Middle East Studies
“Turkey is trapped between national honour and national interest, the national honour required that Erdogan responded in some way that shows toughness and resolve and would intimidate the Syrians from further action across the border. On the other hand, the national interest is to stay out of Syria. Syria is a potential Vietnam for Turkey, it’s a swamp. It could suck Turkey in and cost Erdogan a great deal.”
Inside Syria, with presenter Mike Hanna, discusses the situation with guests: Yasar Yakis, a former foreign minister of Turkey; Haldun Solmazturk, a retired brigadier-general; and Joshua Landis, the director of the Center for Middle East Studies and an associate professor of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Oklahoma.
“This one-sided policy, aiming to remove Bashar al-Assad by intervention in the domestic affairs of our neighbour, really intensified the conflict, sharpened the conflict, and probably resulted in more deaths than would have [occurred] otherwise.”
Faruk Logoglu, the head of Foreign Relations of the opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP)