Turkey, Syria tensions continue to mount
All-Star panel weighs in
- Duration 4:55
- Date Jun 26, 2012
All-Star panel weighs in
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And you know to follow the situation closely.
And with great -- -- NATO allies.
We remain C east of development.
On the south -- on border -- NATO.
And let me make this clear.
The security on the alliance is -- division -- We stand together with Turkey.
In the spirit off strong solidarity.
NATO Secretary General speaking today about standing up for Turkey after a Turkish military jet was shot down.
By the Syrians the Syrians are saying now publicly that it was an act of self defense Turkey is not saying that.
They are obviously increasing the tension between the two countries as violence continues in Syria.
-- And amazing rates we're back with the panel Charles.
The fighting rages on and it seems like this tension adds another development another side to this.
And I'm impressed by the way the president of a Turkey aired -- one.
He's handling this very slowly methodically.
When his plane was shot down because -- retaliated and open way when he was smarter than that.
What he's now done he made a declaration today that any approach of Syrian troops are sent troops to blue border -- -- We'll be seen as a provocation and will be -- presumably with a military response.
Assad is already losing control of the northern areas of the country.
And what this is doing it allows Turkey to essentially proclaim the northern parts of Syria which are on its frontier.
Of Turkey a little bit like Cliff Curtis Terry was -- of the United States in between the two Iraq -- And would that is done is that allows him to move the insurgency headquarters -- -- one misses from inside the Turkish border.
Where it is now in the camps in -- northern Syria itself.
And you've got -- standard are door and things very long range he.
For of those of those sway of the Ottoman Empire over the -- which was.
400 years and if he if Syria ends up.
In a revolution that brings I sat down.
And the Sunni rebels win he will then be the patron.
Of the new Syria which will make him strong man in Syria in Lebanon have influence in Jordan.
And begin his aspiration to be the hegemony of the -- so long range strategy.
And he's very methodical and clever in the beginning -- now.
Chuck prime minister drawn says that he's going to defend Turkey at all costs obviously but this situation inside Syria it suggests that the US.
He's not doing and cannot do anything is that the sense.
I think so I think were pretty much out of the picture with the exception of Covert mash nations -- here.
I think part of what -- -- one was trying to achieve by going to NATO.
Was to bring US and the other western countries come more on his side in this sense and a little message to Russia which is obviously -- Biggest power on the other side that if you mess with me you're messing with United States and so forth.
But I think we're a long way from seeing any kind of US intervention.
Notably he did not go to NATO under section five of the treaty which is the mutual self defense but it's the other article for.
Which is simply a matter of mutual consultation and so he hasn't really -- this thing -- highest -- Bill.
Sources who better foreign policy experts they're serving government and they have two totally contradictory views of what's happening there one was sort of appalled that our failure of leadership.
We -- sort of letting Turkey -- Pursue its own agenda here.
Where's the US you mentioned he -- to -- Henry Kissinger Jim Bakker even Madeleine Albright -- this absent from a major crisis that a nation.
-- where we have a real interest in top from the government and ally of the greatest threat to us -- -- the region Iran's of this veteran was appalled by our sort of doing nothing.
The other ones also somewhat -- but he said looked into getting NATO involved is very important -- when does not just speaking as prime minister of Turkey and that was the NATO Secretary General we saw there.
NATO was the entity that ultimately intervened in Libya NATO is the -- you ultimately to -- in the Balkans.
And this good fellow thinks it's quite possible that within a month to six weeks we'll have a NATO intervention.
In Syria the will follow from what Charles describes -- -- for now just sort of -- -- move you know securing the border.
And that we could end up -- -- -- -- being gone quite quickly so I have no idea whether we're being feckless and pathetic or whether we're subtly working with our NATO allies to get rid of -- -- -- -- We were making -- -- one -- proxy in the region moderation in the region there's one problem.
He's not a reliable ally he's thinking of Syrian hegemony and it could be a problem in the future.