World View: Turkey Expands Rules of Engagement Against Syria
This morning's key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com:
- Turkey continues shelling Syrian military positions
- Turkey's Erdogan delivers harsh speech and expands rules of engagement
- UN Security Council issues a watered-down statement on Syria
- Turkey may have captured the killers of U.S. envoy Chris Stevens
- Aron Nimzovich: 'Why must I lose to this IDIOT?'
- Spain's Rajoy continues to play games with bailout
Turkey continues shelling Syrian military positions
In a sharp escalation of tensions between Turkey and Syria, the
Turkish military shelling into Syria that began on Wednesday continued
into Thursday, as retaliatory strikes for the killing of a mother and
her three daughters and another woman by Syrian mortars that landed in
Turkey. Turkey's targets were Syrian military positions in Syria,
resulting in the deaths of an unknown number of Syrian soldiers.
Turkey has stopped shelling, but is continuing to deploy tanks and
anti aircraft missiles in Akcakale, the town where the five Turkish
citizens were killed on Wednesday. Zaman (Istanbul)
Turkey's Erdogan delivers harsh speech and expands rules of engagement
Turkey's Parliament on Thursday gave authority to the government to
deploy troops in Syria or other countries if an when it finds such an
act necessary for national security. Once again, this is a sharp
escalation, since it makes it possible, with no further authorization,
for prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to order a military invasion
of Syria. This means that at the next provocation, Erdogan won't have
any excuse for hesitating.
On Thursday, Erdogan gave a harsh speech, and contradicted Syria's
claim that Syria's shelling inside Turkey was an "accident":
We have no intention of starting a war with Syria.
We as Turkey just want peace and security in our region. We could
never be interested in something like starting a war. The
consequences of war are plain to see in Iraq and Afghanistan.
But the Turkish Republic is a state capable of defending its
citizens and borders. Nobody should try and test our determination
on this subject.
He said that there have been many similar incidents in the past,
though this is the first with five casualties.
Hurriyet (Ankara) and Al-Arabiya
Even today, we had a shell landing in Hatay city
An accident can be called "an accident" once, twice, three times,
but four, five six times, but how is this an accident, when it
happens eight times?
UN Security Council issues a watered-down statement on Syria
As usual, the Russians, who are as guilty as Syria's president Bashar
al-Assad for the violence going on in Syria, opposed any statement in
the United Nations Security Council that condemned Syria. It's
amazing that anything was accomplished at all, but the UNSC did issue
a watered-down statement:
The members of the Security Council condemned in the
strongest terms the shelling by the Syrian armed forces of the
Turkish town of Akcakale, which resulted in the deaths of five
civilians, all of whom were women and children, as well as a
number of injuries. The members of the Security Council expressed
their sincere condolences to the families of the victims and to
the Government and people of Turkey.
The members of the Security Council underscored that this incident
highlighted the grave impact the crisis in Syria has on the
security of its neighbours and on regional peace and stability.
The members of the Council demanded that such violations of
international law stop immediately and are not repeated. The
members of the Security Council called on the Syrian Government to
fully respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of its
The members of the Security Council called for
The Russians insisted on removing a sentence in the original draft
calling the Syrian attack "a serious threat to international peace and
security." The compromise text referred instead to concerns as to the
impact of the crisis in Syria on "the security of its neighbors and on
regional peace and stability." United Nations and Reuters
Turkey may have captured the killers of U.S. envoy Chris Stevens
The alleged killers of U.S. envoy Chris Stevens in Benghazi, Libya,
have been detained by Turkey on Wednesday, according to unconfirmed
reports. Two Tunisian citizens accused of the murder were apprehended
on Wednesday evening by police at Istanbul Atatürk Airport while
trying to enter Turkey with fake passports. They have been taken to
the Istanbul Police Department for questioning. Hurriyet
Aron Nimzovich: 'Why must I lose to this IDIOT?'
In 1925 in Baden-Baden Germany, chess grandmaster Aron Nimzovich was
playing a crucial game with grandmaster Friedrich Saemisch, a game
that would decide first place. Nimzovich was the superior chess
player, but he lost to Saemisch, and as he was about to be checkmated,
he got up from the table and yelled, "Why must I lose to this IDIOT?"
That was the attitude that I saw reflected in President Obama's
sullen, resentful face during the Wednesday evening debate. I
interpreted Obama's attitude to his Gen-X contempt of Boomers. "These
Boomers are jackasses, so why should I have to debate this lying,
arrogant crook who's a danger to the world?"
I'm pretty sure that President Obama was thinking words like "liar,"
"crook," and "dangerous," because I watched MSNBC for a while after
the debate and saw these so-called newsmen use these and similar news
as they spewed out vitriol as if they were a bunch of teenage girls.
As I've written several times in the past, I consider President
Obama's failures, including his failure in Wednesday's debate, to be
the fault of his hatred of Boomers. (From 2007: "Barack Obama to Boomers: Drop dead!") No one can be successful for long if all his policies
are based on hatred of one-third of the population.
Spain's Rajoy continues to play games with bailout
European officials are in a tizzy because Spain's
Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy refuses to make an official
request for a bailout, although everyone knows that it can't
be avoided. There have been reports that Rajoy was finally
going to seek a bailout this weekend. Here was his
If there is some agency, or someone, who says that
this weekend we are going to ask for a bailout, as they say, there
are two possibilities: that this agency is right and has better
information than I do, which is possible, or that is not the case,
which may also be possible.
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