Turkey Will Not Invade Syria
By Micah Halpern
Saturday June 30, 2012
I've Been Thinking:
Syria will not invade Turkey and Turkey will not invade Syria. It is all saber rattling.
Yesterday Syria amassed 170 tanks along their northern border, the 900 mile border that they share with Turkey.
A week ago Syria shot down a Turkish F-4 Phantom plane and since then Turkey has been spouting rhetoric about Syria and about how Turkey must defend itself.
The 170 tanks on the battlefield came as a response to Turkey's response to Syria's response to Turkey.
Aleppo is 19 miles from the border with Turkey and the tanks are north of there. Reports of the tank movements came from opposition leaders and have been confirmed by residents who saw tank movement.
Moving 170 tanks takes time and clogs up traffic. Tanks are moved two at a time on flatbeds so that their tracks do destroy the roads.
Hopefully, the rhetoric and the military maneuvers will tone down over the next few days. Unfortunately, it can be very dangerous when the big toys are taken out - they sometimes go off. That is what got Syria and Turkey, two otherwise friendly nations, into this situation in the first place.
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