NATO says it is ready to defend alliance member Turkey amid artillery exchanges along its tense southeastern border with Syria.
Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Tuesday that Ankara can rely on the alliance, which has "all necessary plans in place to protect and defend Turkey if necessary."
The clincher? Syria says it is not seeking any escalation of violence with Turkey.
More and still more: NATO has plans to defend Turkey if needed
"We have all necessary plans in place to protect and defend Turkey if necessary," NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told reporters before a meeting of the alliance's defense ministers in Brussels.
NATO isn't even pretending this is humanitarian. As if it ever was! Syria was fine until NATO's mercs entered the picture. It is the defense of Turkey. And, it isn't even that. This is the planned, plotted and conspired for take down of Syria.
Opinion piece;Turkey wrong to attack Syria, further bloodshed is 'no solution'
Parliament last week authorised the deployment of Turkish troops beyond its borders although government officials said the move was meant as a deterrent rather than a "war mandate".
Turkey's unsavoury track record of invasion and occupation, not to mention the violation of the principles of international and European law, must also be kept in mind – claims MEP
On October 4, the Turkish parliament approved a law authorising the army to carry out operations in Syria. Since then, Turkey has been attacking targets in Syria.
Not to mention Turkey regularly striking in Iraq..
The Syrian people have a right to self-determination so they can carry out much-needed reforms in their country without any foreign military interference.
The horrific humanitarian consequences of military interventions in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya have highlighted the urgent need for peace and negotiations. War only leads to more uncertainty, destruction, and loss of life.
Turkey's unsavoury track record of invasion and occupation, not to mention the violation of the principles of international and European law, must also be kept in mind. The most notorious example of this is its ongoing occupation of the northern part of the island of Cyprus in violation of the UN charter and the human rights and civil liberties of the Cypriot people. Its prevention of a bicommunal, bizonal federation solution for Cyprus in line with UN resolutions is threatening the peace process and endangering stability in a volatile region.
Now that NATO has stated publicly and unequivocally they have Turkey's back, it would make sense that Turkey will continue attacking Syria. Though I still hold out hope that this will not escalate.