This flight of "citizens" is alleged to be in advance of some possible retaliation coming down for the killing of 120 Syrian security personnel, in yesterdays attack on in Jisr al-Shughour.
I don't believe this. I will explain why.
Jisr al-Shughour is a town on the border near Turkey. I posted on this news yesterday.
Today it is being claimed that as many as 400 people have crossed the border into Turkey from Syria.
But, activists are claiming that almost all of the towns 40,000 inhabitants have gone.
"Activists in touch with people on the ground say that most of its 40,000 inhabitants have now left."Must be quite a crackdown. NOT!
"There are no Syrian security forces along the border"
Where did the 40,000 people go? I am quite certain they are still in their homes in the town.
Think of how unrealistic this claim is.
"Around 400 people have illegally crossed the border into the Turkish province of Hatay, according to the Turkish foreign ministry, of whom 35 are in hospitals in the nearby city of Antakya."
Illegally? Really? Clearly Turkey let them in and is giving medical care to them. And no one from Syria is stopping the instigators from leaving.
So let's recap what it is we are looking at.
Yesterday an attack in Syria that saw "peaceful activists" kill 120 security forces and the theft of tons of dynamite
Today it is reported that 400 have crossed back into Turkey.
Claims unsubstantiated of course of an entire town of more then 40,000 gone.
BUT, not into Turkey. Oh and btw no Syrian troops at the border!
Here is what makes more sense-
The attack that took place in the border town of Jisr al-Shughour, was undertaken and conducted by outsiders, who came into Syria via Turkey.
Today, these same destabilizers left via the unguarded border that they entered through.
The 400 number with 35 wounded is just about right considering that as many as 120 security personnel were killed in Syria. In other words this was a band of marauders, that came into the border town and made trouble and then left before the Syrians could regroup.
And that Turkey is now fully involved in destabilizing Syria.
Even the BBC is reporting: 8 June 2011 Last updated at 09:13 ET
"that hundreds have crossed the border into Turkey, ahead of an "expected" military assault."
Like I said, the troublemakers are fleeing back to where they came.
Your next question may be, well why do you think Turkey is involved with this attack in Syria.
Take a step back with me-Plans to manipulate Syrian Army- Outside coordination of uprisings
In that post I had a link to a piece from Foreign Policy. In that piece the author suggests using Turkey as an intermediary.
"Washington should also send private messages to the Syrian generals, preferably through Turkish emissaries and diplomats"
Then, there is the little point of who controls Turkey's military?
The writer of this article leaves the distinct impression that Turkey's military has a lot, perhaps complete external control.
"the Syrian military would oversee the transition from dictatorship to relative democracy and eventually step aside and play the role of the Turkish military, as a guardian of political stability and the democratic process."
The author promotes the possibility that the Syrian military should they decide to "dissent" could over see the transition in Syria, as in Turkey, as in Egypt??? The transition being from the government in place now, to one that enjoys the support of but is subservient to the West.
I will direct you to read an older piece, but, still relevant which describes the role of the Turkish military in Turkey.
To say the military runs the country is an understatement.
Turkey's Military Is a Catalyst for Reform
Despite repeated coups the military always turns the government over to "civilians"
In other words, step out of line and your gone!
Taking all that into consideration, the place of the attack, the number of dead Syrian security officers, the ease with which persons are crossing the border... The only conclusion that can be drawn is the attackers came from Turkey and are likely members of the Turkish military.
I would also like to point you over here to a piece by James :Syria Next? (Updated)
James added to my post from yesterday, with some help from NYSC @ thenakedfacts
Consider this a team effort.
I want to point your attention to a post put up by John Friend
"The Israeli delegation to the United Nations has dispatched a complaint letter to the UN chief and the president of the UN Security Council condemning Syria's "dangerous provocations" on its border with Israel on Sunday."
I left this response for John-
"Keeping an eye on Syria, this move by Israel may be the pretext for an invasion.
Because the knives are out for Syria, for sure.
Russia and China have said no to censure, somehow that has to be gotten around.
If Israel claims a right to "self-defence" The NATO nations will stand together."