Turkey Tells Syria: We're Close to War
But analysts doubt PM Erdogan will go that far
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 5, 2012 4:44 PM CDT
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.   (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

(Newser) – After two days of shelling Syria, Turkey rattled its sabers today with a warning that full-out war was around the corner, Reuters reports. "We are not interested in war, but we're not far from war either," Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan told a crowd in Istanbul. "Those who attempt to test Turkey's deterrence ... I say here they are making a fatal mistake." Turkey also told Syria to stay 6 miles away from the border and ordered several Syrian warplanes to turn back after getting too close, according to a Turkish news site.

The Atlantic rounds up reactions, noting that Reuters called Erdogan's speech "belligerent" and the Guardian described it as "muscular." A Turkish anti-war blogger wrote that Erdogan's support will slide "if he becomes more hardline." Analyzing the conflict on YNet, Ron Ben-Yishai writes that Erdogan had to get aggressive because Turkish civilians were killed. But a war would destabilize Syria and allow "al-Qaeda and other radical Islamist elements" to take advantage "of the lack of governance in Syria to turn it into a terror base—like in Sinai and Somalia."

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Oct 7, 2012 3:19 AM CDT
Turkey and erdogan should fuck the fuck away. All that mustached guy has been trying to do is start a damn war,just what we DON'T need.
Oct 6, 2012 1:35 PM CDT
The rebels initially said they fired the mortar in order to bring Turkey into the war, according to a German media outlet: http://www.globalresearch.ca/german-state-tv-reports-syrian-rebels-claim-responsibility-for-attack-on-turkey/ Nothing yet in Newser about the ethnic cleansing of Syria's Christian community, the oldest in the world, by the US-supported Moslem Britherhood and al Qauda mercenaries there: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/christians-emptied-from-middle-east/story-e6frg6so-1226489418086?sv=c36cd3446fc41dadbcfcf53e6ad0b188 http://landdestroyer.blogspot.ie/
Oct 6, 2012 12:34 PM CDT
Syria is no threat to our country, Turkey is no threat to our country. We should not get involved in any way.