Having listened to Erdoğan’s speech at the NATO meeting earlier today I was struck by the severe wording:
“Turkey will not remain speechless towards what is happening in the region”…”Turkey is friendly country, but it gets gravely angry”…”The Syrian administration is tyrant. We will aid the Syrian people to get rid of their dictator. We have evidence that the Turkish jet was downed out of the Syrian air space. The response of the Syrian officials, following the downing of the jet, was hostile. The Assad administration is threatening Turkey’s security. We will offer all the possible support to liberate the Syrians from dictatorship. Any Syrian troops approaching our borders would be dealt with as a military target.”
My take is that Syria just gave Turkey an excuse to implement its strategy of becoming a regional superpower. Dark clouds on the horizon.