Webster G. Tarpley, Ph.D.
October 7, 2012
On Thursday, the Turkish parliament authorized the government of Prime Minister Erdogan and Foreign Minister Davutoglu to undertake other military actions against Syria. In a bellicose speech to a crowd in Istanbul, Erdogan said that ?those who attempt to test Turkey?s deterrence, its decisiveness, its capacity, I say here they are making a fatal mistake? we are not interested in war, but we?re not far from war either. This nation has come to where it is today having gone through intercontinental wars.?
This tragic situation raises the perspective of a fratricidal war between Turks and Syrian Arabs, something from which only the United States, the British, NATO, and Israel could benefit. Such a war would validate warnings issued over the last 18 months that the destabilization of Syria could well repeat the role of the Spanish Civil War of 1936-39 as a kind of dress rehearsal and detonator for a much larger and more ruinous conflict.