October 16, 2012
Erdogan's Ambitions Driving Turkey Toward War
Daniel Pipes, National Review
Why is the Turkish government acting so aggressively against the Assad regime in Syria? Perhaps Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan hopes that lobbing artillery shells into Syria will help bring a satellite government to power in Damascus. Maybe he expects that sending a Turkish war plane into Syrian air space or forcing down a Syrian civilian plane en route from Russia will win him favor in the West and bring in NATO to intervene. Conceivably, it’s all a grand diversion from an imminent economic crisis due to borrowing too much.
TAGGED: Middle East, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Bashar al-Assad, Syria, Turkey