posted on Oct, 3 2012 @ 03:33 PM
NATO does NOT have to respond if Turkey gets into this fight. Turkey has to invoke the clause in the treaty requesting assistance, and then it's up
to the member nations how they want to assist. It can be anything from providing security forces inside of Turkey to assist with their internal
security, to providing weapons to replace the ones that Turkey will expend, all the way up to providing troops to assist the Turkish forces, and going
The quotes about Turkey invoking Article 4 of the NATO treaty were from back in June. They had already been hit several times by Syrian forces by
then, and nothing happened after the meeting. Article 4 only invokes consultations between the member nations.
Syria has claimed that Turkey has been sheltering rebel forces within their border for awhile now, so I'm surprised that this hasn't happened a lot
more than it has. There have been several incidents that could have led to war a lot sooner than this, that Turkey has looked the other way from. It
will depend on what the Allies promise them, whether they are willing to look the other way one more time, and keep this as a low level escalation.
But Turkey is more than capable of taking on Syria on their own. They are one of the stronger military forces in the region.