Is a Turkey-Syria conflict inevitable? – Inside Syria: Aljazeera

– 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)

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51. William Scott Scherk said:

From the source of all Syrian official news, SANA:

[Now we know why Zoo was evading all questions on cluster munitions — he was waiting for The Truth]

General Command of Army and Armed Forces: Media Reports on Using Cluster Bombs by Syrian Army Untrue

The General Command of the Army and the Armed Forces stressed on Monday that the misleading media outlets have recently published untrue news claiming the Syrian Arab Army has been using cluster bombs against terrorists.

In a statement, the General Command said the Syrian Army does not possess such bombs, stressing that those news are untrue and come in the framework of misleading media which is aimed at diverting the public opinion from the practices of the armed terrorist groups against civilians.

But, oh but (from the HRW report):

At least 18 videos have been posted on YouTube by Syrian activists showing the aftermath of the cluster munition strikes in recent days. They are the latest in a continuous stream of videos showing ongoing fighting, and the Human Rights Watch interviews with residents of two of the affected towns corroborate the use of cluster munitions. Eliot Higgins, who blogs on military hardware and tactics used in Syria under the pseudonym “Brown Moses,” compiled a list of the videos showing cluster munition remnants in Syria’s various governorates. Human Rights Watch reached residents in Taftanaz and Tamane`a who confirmed the strikes on their town, but has not been able to reach residents in the other towns featured in the online videos.

Human Rights Watch has confirmed that the remnants shown in the videos are RBK-250 series cluster bomb canisters and AO-1SCh fragmentation bomblets. Jane’s Information Group, a publishing company specializing in military topics, lists Syria as possessing RBK-250/275 and RBK-500 cluster bombs. These cluster bombs and explosive submunitions are Soviet-made, but there is no information available on how or when Syria acquired them.

A note on Ann’s posting in the preceding thread:

EU backs new UN Syria envoy’s plan to deploy 3,000 intl peacekeepers – 15 October, 2012

The EU has approved a new plan to deploy 3,000 peacekeeping troops in Syria, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said. The plan was first introduced by Lakhdar Brahimi, the new UN-Arab League peace envoy to Syria.

Now, oddly, the link above re-directs. Click Ann’s link and you will see that the story has been replaced, by this:

UN peace envoy to Syria denies plans to deploy 3,000 peacekeeping troops

Isn’t that a giggle, Ann?

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October 15th, 2012, 5:38 pm


52. Aldendeshe said:

Guess who is the President of Syria today? It is Bashar Hafez Assad.

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October 15th, 2012, 5:53 pm


53. ghufran said:

أعلن مسؤول إيراني كبير في تصريح بثه اليوم الاثنين تلفزيون العالم الناطق باللغة العربية، أن إيران اقترحت على الوسيط الدولي الأخضر الابراهيمي “فترة انتقالية” في سورية تحت اشراف الرئيس بشار الأسد.
وقال نائب وزير الخارجية حسين أمير عبداللهيان “نقترح وقف العنف ووقف اطلاق النار ووقف ارسال الأسلحة ودعم المجموعات الإرهابية وإجراء حوار وطني بين المعارضة والحكومة”.
وأضاف أن طهران تقترح “فترة انتقالية تفضي إلى إجراء انتخابات رئاسية ونيابية … وكل ذلك تحت اشراف الرئيس الأسد”
I agree in principle that elections not guns should determine who wins and who loses,but Assad was never elected in a clean and free process,he ran unopposed, trusting him and his thugs again is a major mistake, there is a definite need for a third party to monitor any future elections and verify votes count,that requires a heavy investment by the UN and the unambiguous support of all powers involved in this mess. It is obvious that Assad and his allies see this battle in different eyes than many Syrians who simply want peace and dignity with the opportunity to raise their kids in a safe and healthy environment, most Syrians either want Assad to go or they just do not care who becomes president, insisting that Assad “supervises” the transitional period will not go well,the guy needs to resign within a well defined period of time in my humble opinion.

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October 15th, 2012, 5:59 pm


54. Tara said:

… وكل ذلك تحت اشراف الرئيس الأسد

A testament of the Mullah’s brilliance. One can’t help wondering how come no one came up with a similar solution before?

Ibrahimi is wasting his time, the best thing he should do is to tell the Mullahs to shut up.

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October 15th, 2012, 6:14 pm


55. Warren said:

Civilian Brigades Are Helping Syrian Army To Control Territory

The Syrian regime was late in developing a counterstrategy against the revolutionary war to crush the spirit of the peace movement and to force a wide segment of this movement’s supporters to pick up arms. The “security option” dominated the regime’s strategy from the start, with the regime preferring to use security forces and military intelligence agencies instead of the army.

This strategy was relatively successful, and in Douma — which had previously been subjected to two large army operations carried out by Brigade 105 from the Republican Guard, and paid a high price in terms of destruction and death from shelling — the residents came out to demonstrate, preventing the FSA from returning to the city, which has a population of 500,000.

“Every time the armed groups entered a city, the army would tell [the residents] either you remove them from the city, or we will shell the city with aircraft and artillery,” said Hussein.

During a battle in the Hajar al-Aswad neighborhood south of the capital, the residents were standing behind the tanks as they progressed under heavy fire — after the army had succeeded in clearing the slum neighborhood of [FSA militants].

The residents begged the officers and those in charge of the shelling to not target their houses and to try to save whatever could be saved. The army succeeded in isolating the combatants from the residents, after the army destroyed the neighborhood’s main street and succeeded in arresting dozens of FSA members who had taken refuge in the nearby Yarmouk [Palestinian refugee] camp.

The new strategy achieved its goals — both in terms of psychological goals and those relating to propaganda — it convinced a large proportion of residents that the FSA is gambling with their lives and that the regime is the only one capable of providing security.

Read more:

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October 15th, 2012, 6:22 pm


56. Aldendeshe said:

@ #53 Shia Zionists Offer:

SNP is 100% behind this plan, on condition that current party law on the books scrubbed off and restored back to 1958 party law. So the Baathists or Islamists do not dictate who is to set up shop and field candidates for election. Additional relating condition is that, a Six months preparatory period needs to be established before election is held. This will be a major of fairness to new comers to get known in Syria and be at par with Islamists and Baathists.

Whatever is agreed on, no person, or party, nor group or organization may establish office or field candidates if it has taken any action in the Syrian violence, and no member of any group that advocated, promoted, financed or received financing may have any civil rights in Syria and should be held financially responsible for damages, including, but not lmited to, theft of artifacts. Some consideration, may be granted for those that come forward and point finger at criminals or murderes involved, or submit evidences to the war crimes Tribunals.

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October 15th, 2012, 6:23 pm


57. Citizen said:

Reporter Anhar Kochneva missing in Syria
The Syrian police, Russian and Ukrainian diplomats are looking for reporter Anhar Kochneva who may have been kidnapped near the city of Homs. Kochneva is the Ukrainian journalist who covered the war in Syria for several Russian news outlets. She is known for supporting the Syrian leader Bashar Assad.
Kochneva disappeared on October 10. On October 14, she sent a text message to her former husband. She wrote “Hope everything will be OK soon. Don’t write me”

According to her friends and colleagues on October 9, one day before disappearing, Kochneva traveled to Tartus with a colleague where the two gave speeches to the city’s residents. Next day Kocheva went to Homs to work together with a Russian TV team. Her friend Darya Mitina, deputy chairman of the Committee of Solidarity with people of Libya and Syria says Kochneva received threats from rebels many times because of her pro-governmental position…..

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October 15th, 2012, 6:34 pm


58. Warren said:

Israel denies report Hezbollah CFO defects with funds


LAST UPDATED: 10/14/2012 02:20

Israeli officials have denied reports from Al Arabiya that Hezbollah’s CFO Hassein Fahs fled to Israel with large sums of embezzled funds, classified documents and maps, Israel Radio reported Saturday.

According to the report, the 29-year old somehow managed to cross into Israel with $5 million in stolen Hezbollah funds as well as various documents after being arrested along with four other members of the terror group on suspicion of theft and collaborating with Israel.

Israel Radio quoted Israeli officials as saying that the report, which was originally published in Lebanese media, was false. The Israeli denial was followed by similar a denial by Hezbollah, according to Israel Radio.

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October 15th, 2012, 6:35 pm


59. Aldendeshe said:

Did you read that above ERDOGAN, someone in the end is going to point you out as war criminal (which you are indeed-ALLAH is going to judge you for killing 40,000+ Syrian Moslem), evidences will be submitted. Turkey, will have to hand you over soon, you may replace PKK leader in the box.

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October 15th, 2012, 6:37 pm


60. Tara said:

“Some Islamist groups, like Jabhat al-Nusra [or the al-Nusra Front] are helping the FSA. But we are trying to distance ourselves from them. Jabhat al-Nusra are fighting to be martyrs but we are fighting to topple Assad’s regime. They are linked to al-Qaida and we are not.  They have lots of foreign fighters from Libya, Iraq, Yemen and other Islamic countries. We are all Syrian fighters within the FSA.”

Rebels urge civilians to leave north-west Aleppo
Rebels in the north-west of Aleppo have urged civilians to leave the area as they prepare to battle with the Syrian army, a rebel spokesman told the Guardian.
Speaking to Mona Mahmood he conceded that rebels were losing the support of local residents. He also admitted that rebels were working with jihadi fighters but were trying to distance themselves from such groups. He said:

The FSA have informed families to leave the district within 10 days before they launch an assault on army positions. The FSA do not want civilians to be shelled by the regime when fighting breaks out.

During a demonstration on Friday people were told to be aware of the coming attack.

Every day here the Syrian army launches a campaign to round up civilians. They are detained at the security compound of the Air Force intelligence.

The bodies of 200 people detained there have been discovered in the last few months, including my cousin Adel Dhibou. My uncle is still inside – we do not know what will happen to him. All the detainees are accused of being members of the FSA or helping the FSA. The army want them to give information about FSA fighters, but some of them have no connection with the FSA.

Schools here are already packed with refugees. The FSA are losing popularity among the people of Aleppo because the regime tells them they are being forced out of their homes because of the FSA attacks.

We are trying to help refugees with all that they need. Our plan is to compensate civilians after the liberation of Aleppo and let everything go back to normal. But we need to settle the battle as soon as possible.

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October 15th, 2012, 6:39 pm


61. ghufran said:

نفت القيادة العامة للجيش و القوات المسلحة السورية الأنباء التي تحدثت عن قصفها للمدن و الأحياء بالقنابل العنقودية .
و كانت منظمة هيومان ريتس ووتش قالت في تقرير لها إن القوات النظامية تقصف المدن و الأحياء السورية بالقنابل العنقودية .
و قالت في بيان نشرته وكالة الأنباء السورية إن “هذا النوع من القنابل لا يمتلكه الجيش العربي السوري “.
I am not sure how much difference it makes whether cluster bombs were used or not, what will be remembered by tens of thousands of Syrian children is that their own army was making air raids on cities and neighborhoods and that armed men with beards were shooting on Syrian soldiers and using religious chants to prove their manhood, for that reason, Syrians children will not be able to be part of a functioning nation for another generation.

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October 15th, 2012, 6:41 pm


62. Citizen said:

In the Armed Forces of Ukraine plans to form a separate branch of service – Special Operations Forces. They will be used in particular to combat overseas, the chief of the General Staff – Commander Colonel General APU Gregory Pedchenko. About what the actions in question – the protection of the citizens of Ukraine!

‘Do Everything Possible’ to Free Reporter – Ukraine’s President
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych instructed the government on Monday to take urgent measures to free a Ukrainian reporter allegedly kidnapped three days ago in Syria.
Relatives and friends believe that Anhar Kochneva, 40, was abducted by Syrian rebels as she traveled to the city of Homs.
“I have issued an order to clarify all the details of the incident and to defend the rights and interests of this Ukrainian citizen,” Yanukovich said……

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October 15th, 2012, 6:53 pm


64. Syrian Natonalist Party said:

The people of Syria will simply not accept genocidal war criminals who murdered scientists and doctors, women and children, kidnapped for ransom, deliberately targeted markets, especially jewelers market, stole its contents, raped women, stolen Syrian historic artifacts, pure thieves and war criminals as their next future leaders. These belong in war crime tribunal seats, not the new Syrian Congress, and for sure not official government office. If they did all that before, what are they going to do when they are given powers of state? Any Religious person, who advocated violence, must be brought to trial via Interpol as part of the settlement.

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October 15th, 2012, 7:13 pm


65. Roland said:

None of the news articles bother to point out that Syria is not signatory to the Convention on Cluster Munitions. Nor are Turkey, the USA, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, or Israel.

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October 15th, 2012, 7:31 pm


66. Ghufran said:

Almutaqbal, an ironic name, is probably behind the organized release of terrorists from that prison to use them in Syria and against Hizbullah, a sad detour for a party that is pretending to be protecting Lebanon and the Sunni population.
لا تزال عمليات الفرار من سجن روميه مستمرة وبدأت تاخذ طابع “الظاهرة” أو “العادة” اذا صح التعبير فلا ينشف الحلق من الكلام عن عملية فرار لعدد من السجناء حتى تعود الحكاية ذاتها على اللسان ولكن مع مجموعة أخرى وبطريقة ان لم تكن ذاتها فهي شبيهة إلى حد ما. وربما عملية الفرار الأخيرة بدت مختلفة من كل النواحي, وهذا ما MTV كشفته مصادر أمنية وقضائية للـ
وفي التفاصيل, فقد كشفت مصادر امنية وقضائية انّ تعداد السجناء شبه مستحيل في سجن زنزاناته بلا ابواب، وأنّ التعداد اذا حصل لا يتولاّه عناصر الامن بل المساجين بانفسهم.
كما أكّدَت المصادر اياها انّ المبنى ب في السجن يسيطر عليه عناصر فتح الاسلام سيطرة تامة، وان هؤلاء يملكون كل الادوات التي يحتاجونها ليكوّنوا خلية ارهابية بدءا بوسائل الاتصال  والانترنت  وصولا الى الاسلحة . وهذا يعني ان  الدولة سجينة سجناء  فتح الاسلام في سجن رومية.
إلى ذلك وفي الإطار عينه فقد أفادت معلومات لـ”الوكالة الوطنية للإعلام” أن مفوض الحكومة لدى المحكمة العسكرية القاضي صقر صقر، أوقف أحد عشر شخصا موزعين بين مؤهلين أولين وحراس ومراقبين عامين في سجن رومية، بنتيجة التحقيقات التي أجراها ومفوض الحكومة المعاون لدى المحكمة العسكرية القاضي داني زعني، منذ الخامسة من عصر أمس وحتى مساء اليوم، في قضية فرار ثلاثة سجناء من سجن رومية.
وسيتابع القاضيان صقر وزعني، التحقيقات غدا، مع الضباط.
Lebanon is becoming a big whore house for the GCC and the Harirites, that is what being cooked for Syria too.

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October 15th, 2012, 8:25 pm


67. Syrain said:

The capture and interrogation of the 2nd pilot

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October 15th, 2012, 8:27 pm


68. Ghufran said:

قالت منظمة الصحة العالمية ،يوم الاثنين، إن “67% من المنشآت الصحية في سوريا تضررت بدرجات متفاوتة نتيجة أعمال العنف هناك”، مشيرة إلى أن ” 29% من بين تلك المنشآت تعطلت تماما”.
Two factions using similar slogans are destroying Syria:
الاسد او نحرق البلد
راس الاسد او نحرق البلد

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October 15th, 2012, 8:30 pm


69. Ghufran said:

عرب معيزه بلكنه فرنسيه
Qatar is now a member of the Feancophone organization to the dismay of most French and many members of that group of countries. France skipped the required steps for membership منشان عيون موزه و كرش حمد

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October 15th, 2012, 8:38 pm


70. Ghufran said:


The number of Syrians taking shelter in Turkey climbs over 100,000 ‘psychological limit’ as Ankara tries to keep its open door policy. However, the EU says it will make no offer to shelter them.
Turkey is struggling to stay committed to its open-door policy on Syrian refugees as the number of Syrians taking shelter in Turkey climbs to 100,363, passing the maximum number Turkey had earlier claimed it would physically be able to handle, according to information from the Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Management Directorate (AFAD).
Ankara will keep its open door policy for Syrian refugees fleeing violence in their country, a Turkish official said, but added the 100,000 refugee limit number Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu had stated previously was a physical barrier as the country had logistic difficulties with hosting that many refugees.
Yet Turkey is making an effort to attend to additional Syrian refugees by setting up four more refugee camps in Gaziantep. Turkish officials estimate nearly 130,000 Syrians have fled into Turkey with nearly 30,000 of them unregistered and staying in hotels or apartments in the country. AFAD said they had set up five tent cities in Hatay, two in Şanlıurfa, three in Gaziantep and one each in Osmaniye, Kahramanmaraş and Adıyaman along with a container city in Kilis.

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October 15th, 2012, 9:01 pm


71. Syrian said:

جنود حاجز “الليرمون” في حلب يفتحون النار على إمرأة و رضيعها مساء .. ليتحولوا إلى أشلاء بهجوم للجيش الحر صباحا

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October 15th, 2012, 9:09 pm


72. Tara said:

HA is part of Assad’s killing machine

UNITED NATIONS — The United States said Monday that Lebanon’s Hezbollah militia is stepping up support for the Syrian government and has become part of President Bashar Assad’s “killing machine.”

The U.S. ambassador accused Hezbollah’s leader, Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, of being two-faced about his claims that he is promoting Lebanon’s interests.

“Hezbollah’s active and growing support for Assad’s war exposes Hassan Nasrallah’s claims of promoting Lebanon’s national interest as nothing more than a deadly form of deception,” Rice said.

“The group’s leaders may try to change the subject by invoking hollow rhetoric about so-called resistance, but the truth is plain to see: Nasrallah’s fighters are now part of Assad’s killing machine and Hezbollah’s leaders continue to plot with Iran new measures to prop up a murderous and desperate dictator,” she said.

Rice said the United States is encouraging the international community “to counter Hezbollah’s terrorist activity and do more to expose Hezbollah’s deepening involvement in Assad’s war.”

Israel’s ambassador Prosor said Nasrallah claims he needs a private army with advanced missiles to defend Lebanon against the Jewish state.

“Today we see that Hezbollah’s army is far more preoccupied with butchering their Arab brothers and sisters in Syria,” Prosor said.

He said Nasrallah and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad form a “trio of terror” with Assad, “offering the tyrant of Damascus guidance on how to butcher the Syrian people more efficiently.”


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October 15th, 2012, 10:04 pm


73. Ghufran said:

Here we go:
كتب الإعلامي موسى العمر وهو معارض، إن: “سقوط الأسد يمُرُّ حتماً عبر تدمير وحرق البلد لا مناص ولا مفر، والذي يريد طريقاً آخر ويتوقع طريقةً أخرى للتغيير، فليقعد كالطاعمِ الكاسي .. وليبكي كالنساء ..!””.

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October 15th, 2012, 10:11 pm


74. Syrain said:

The comment from 73 is from this supporter site
And here the link to the article

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October 15th, 2012, 11:13 pm


75. Ghufran said:

اعتبر الملك الأردني عبد الله الثاني أن هناك “دخلاء ” يختطفون الحراكات الشعبية بهدف اختطاف الشارع لتنفيذ أجندات خاصة
I heard that before from King Assad,II

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October 15th, 2012, 11:18 pm


76. Syrain said:

The rest of king Abdullah quote from comment 75
10-15-2012 10:32

اعتبر الملك الأردني عبد الله الثاني أن هناك “دخلاء ” يختطفون الحراكات الشعبية بهدف اختطاف الشارع لتنفيذ أجندات خاصة. ورأى إلى الحراكات الشعبية التي تشهدها بلاده ساعدت على تسريع وتيرة الإصلاحات السياسي.

وقال إن “عدداً من أبناء الوطن ومن ضمنهم الحراكات الشعبية على اختلاف أنواعها يعبرون عن رأيهم من خلال المسيرات وأشكال التظاهر الأخرى اليوم بطريقة سلمية وحضارية وبأسلوب نموذجي هادف وبناء، “ما ساعدنا على تسريع وتيرة الإصلاح”.

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October 15th, 2012, 11:33 pm


77. Visitor said:

All Praise be to Allah the One, Allah the Eternal, neither does He beget, nor is He begotten, nor is there to Him any equivalent.

What struck me most after having the time to watch the embedded video in the current post was that the Brigadier General, obviously a military expert, was talking almost exclusively like a politician. He offered no insight whatsoever into what military contingency plans he may undertake in order to safeguard the well being of Turkey. He talked about internal Turkish politics, about so-called regional divisions, about Iraq politics and yet he offered not a shred of a military plan, a subject he is supposed to be well suited to converse about. So why in the hell was he invited to the show, in the first place?

Well, Mr. General, if you do not have a plan yet then here it is. When you are confronted with a snake you do not go and fight the tail. Common sense requires you go directly to the head and swiftly cut it off. Mr. General if you do not know already, the head is not in Kurdish inhabited regions of Iraq and eastern Syria, nor is it in the so-called regional divisions. Those are all tails. The head is on the Syrian coast. so, Mr. General you know what to do now? You stop dallying around with an area you have no knowledge of, i.e. politics, and send few divisions to the Syrian coast and cut the snake’s head off once and for all. The tail will simply wither away and die of natural causes.

While at it, do not forget to get rid of this hole of Russian mafia whore house that is polluting the landscape on the coast. Send them back to the outer reaches of the Siberian desert back to their habitat to drink vodka over ice so in due time they may sink drunk into the cold once the polar ice melts away, expected in the very near future, and rid us and the whole world of them.

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October 15th, 2012, 11:39 pm


78. Johannes de Silentio said:

77 VAT

“What struck me most was that the Brigadier General was talking like a politician. He offered no insight whatsoever into what military contingency plans he may undertake. He talked about internal Turkish politics, about so-called regional divisions, about Iraq politics and yet he offered not a shred of a military plan. Why?”

Jesus, VATTY, you are such a dummy. Of course he has a plan. He probably has 50 plans. But why would he broadcast his plans on radio or TV for the benefit of the enemy? Use your brain, VATTY, the brain your false god, Allah the Bumbler, gave you.

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October 16th, 2012, 12:02 am


79. Visitor said:

Dumbass 78

The question was,
why in the hell was he invited to the show, in the first place?

Do you need reading lessons?

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October 16th, 2012, 12:12 am


80. Adam Neira said:

Syria envoy warns conflict could consume Mideast (Jpost)

The efforts of Lakhdar Brahimi should be commended and his counsel respected. He must be given total support in his mediation and peacemaking efforts. The Eid al Adha ceasefire proposal is a meritorious one. All the parties in Syria must take a deep breath and step back from the brink. A longer term perspective and plan is required for the ancient land. Outside military intervention and/or a no fly zone are not options. The Turkey/Syria border spat must not escalate. The internal violence must be mitigated and the country stabilized. If peace prevails Syria’s GDP will grow by more than 5% p.a. from 2013 onwards. A commensurate rise in the general welfare will occur which will be of benefit to all the citizens. Cool heads are required now to navigate the choppy waters. Syria is a crucial piece of the Middle East jigsaw puzzle.

Prayers for Syria.

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October 17th, 2012, 8:47 am


81. SSG Policy Blog said:

[…] Is a Turkey-Syria Conflict Inevitable?  […]

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December 3rd, 2012, 11:10 am


82. samer said:

its all weapons , it aims to kill , it does not make any difference if we change the names

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