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is like saying that Russia supports the Taliban because Afghan heroin is flying into Russia in front of corrupt border guards noses.
originally posted by: tsurfer2000h
a reply to: all2human
To suggest the government of Turkey was/is unaware of such transfers is akin to declaring reader's brain-dead.
So the government knows all about every corrupt person in the government, and allows them to work to help ISIS?
Care to back up that claim?
originally posted by: all2human
a reply to: tsurfer2000h
Hundreds of tankers, enough to see from orbit, across a hair-trigger border would not go unnoticed by the Turkish government.
Even the USA acknowledges oil smuggled into Turkey.
Your rebuttal lacks the very basic foundations of thought
Ffs, give it up already. For what you say to be remotely possible, it must mean that there is no coalition fighting ISIS, there is no airforce there, no intelligence agency is using the vast array of methods at their disposal to observe and react to what is going on in the terrorist territory.
originally posted by: DJW001
a reply to: benwyatt
I'm of the opinion the turks can only be thinking one of two things. Either they are following orders (USA), or, they have truly went "rogue" and think NATO will back their escalation.
You are overlooking the possibility that Ankara is certain that it can defeat Russia in a regional conflict without NATO's help. Russia, for all its boasts, has limited resources that are spread thin. They can't pull troops off of any of their borders, and they can't be certain that Turkey cannot destroy its assets in Syria. Turkey can certainly close the Bosporus and strangle Crimea. No, Erdogan is making a bid to be Top Dog by challenging the current Big Dog. Significantly, all Putin has done is impose sanctions.
originally posted by: benwyatt
By ‘covering’ Turkey politically, NATO took responsibility for downing of Russian Su-24 – envoy
By refusing to render an opinion on Turkey’s “intentional” downing of Russia’s bomber over Syria, and instead providing Ankara with political backing, NATO’s leadership has taken responsibility for the incident, Russia’s NATO envoy, Aleksandr Grushko, said.
Well, i see the escalation continues. What do you guys think will come of this? I kind of see the U.S. with it's back against the wall. With all the political discontent at home, maybe uncle sam is betting on a world war to "unite" its people against a common enemy?