posted on Oct, 14 2012 @ 12:43 PM
This is concerning to me...
Source - BBC
However, Syria has said it is ready to set up a joint committee to oversee security on the border. Its foreign ministry said it had been discussing
with diplomats from Russia, a key ally, the idea of a Syrian-Turkish security committee to avoid misunderstandings at the border, which would
establish a "mechanism for surveillance of the border while respecting national sovereignty"
This would not be viewed with anything but suspicion. The implication is that Syria would invite a Russian force into its territory.
The only way I believe this kind of outside intervention would be acceptable is if it is international, not a Syrian/Russian "security committee". I
understand that it might be considered hypocritical to condemn this idea when the US and UK have a presence in a neighboring nation on the border, and
when Turkey is a NATO state with forces within it, but they are outside of the border, not being invited by the aggressor within the country.
IMO this is a worrying development. If Russian forces of any kind are invited into Syria for such a purpose then it can only lead to an escalation of
tensions between allies. I hope Russia does the smart thing, and either refuses this idea (understanding that it could lead to further tensions) or
demands that it be a truly international presence.
In an ideal world, any involvement on the borders of Syria and its neighbors would involve a truly international presence. But we all know this is not
an ideal world.
Of course, I could be overestimating this proposal and it could be nothing more than a body to oversee events on the border, with no "boots on the
ground" at all? However, as Syria would undoubtedly love to have Russia more involved as a defensive ally, I doubt that a theoretical presence would
be what they intend.