JP -'Turkey sending 3 warships to eastern Mediterranean'
As the headline read. Wow-wee for the headline skimmers! Must have been a heart stopper?
Except it never really happened.
Turkey is planning to send three warships to the Eastern Mediterranean to defend against Israeli vessels if necessary and ensure freedom of navigation for Turkish ships, Today's Zaman reported on Monday.
The Turkish ships will provide protection for ships bringing humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip and confront Israeli warships outside of Israel's territorial waters if necessary, according to the report.
This "news" got me thinking about what scenario would bring this on. If any?
The last Gaza flotilla was pretty much stopped dead in the water right in Greece.
Turkey didn't say boo about that. So why would any claim of protection for humanitarian aid even be credible?
Theatre is all that comes to mind. Theatre.
We are supposed to think there is something really serious going on between Turkey and Israel. But is there? It really doesn't appear so!
News today has Turkey sending a survey ship out to the waters off Cyprus.
"There was no sign of a Turkish naval escort for the Piri Reis and its 10 crew as the vessel set out"
A survey ship, with NO military escort! Really?
After the brouhaha about Turkish military sending warships to the Mediterranean region? "To ensure freedom of navigation for Turkish ships"?
But, then why would they send warships along with the survey ship? When there is no need to?
"Turkey’s regional importance as an energy corridor is highly significant, not only because of the Nabucco pipeline, which will stretch all through Turkish territory, but also because ofTurkey’s proximity to swiftly developing energy-producing countries"And regions. Energy producing regions
Brief aside: read the article linked above, entirely.
Here is a map of an interesting region
It is entirely possible that the survey ship Turkey has just deployed is taking part in the building of the energy corridors including numerous intertwining pipelines.
Keep in mind that Turkey had recently signed final papers for Nabucco
I would also like to touch on the news of an Egyptian/Turkish alliance-
There have been lots of headlines about this and how it supposedly unnerves Israel.
Such as this one- Turkey's Erdogan heads to Egypt, unnerving an embattled Israel
Here is the real news behind that headline!
Turkey wants Egypt in Nabucco project
And more to the theatre of Turkey and Israel's fall-out.....
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, visiting the Egyptian capital Cairp on Wednesday, said he wants to see Egypt brought into the European Union's Nabucco pipeline project."We would like to see Egypt in the Nabucco project," Erdogan told a business forum during a two-day visit to Egypt.
Let us recall that Turkey has previously purchased drones from Israel. Five of them are presently in Israel being repaired
"The Turkish military relies on 10 Israeli-made Heron drones, purchased from Israel in 2004 for $183 million, as its eyes in the sky. But at least five of them are currently undergoing maintenance in Israel"
I am quite certain Turkey wants those back.
You may recall a couple of posts back I mentioned Turkey additionally wants drones from the US. It looks as if they are going to get them too.
Here is what Erdogan said-
The United States administration is likely to agree to a Turkish request to base its Predator drones in Turkey after the US withdrawal from Iraq, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said after talks with President Barack Obama in Washington.Turkey will get those Predators.
"I think there will be no problem regarding the Predators issue,” Erdoğan told reporters at a New York hotel following the meeting with Obama on Tuesday.
Turkey has requested the US to base a fleet of Predator drones on its soil for cross-border operations against the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which uses its bases in northern Iraq for attacks on Turkish targets. The Obama administration has yet to decide on the request.
Erdoğan said Turkey could buy or rent Predators and that Turkey has conveyed its request to that effect to the US. “Their approach is positive”
The Obama administration is playing fast and loose with the "ok" at this time while the Israeli/Turkey ruse goes on.
Eventually. Probably sooner as opposed to later the Predator drone will come to Turkey from the US.
Where they will be in the company of the Israeli built Heron drone.