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Old 09.09.2011, 15:43
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On this Israeli conflict, which he single-handedly created out of thin air, I am curious how they will step back without losing face; they are very creative when it comes to diverting public attention
A few shells in the general direction of Syria might do the trick - and he did say that once the Ramadan is over he'll do something about Assad's murderous regime. he is already over schedule...

The Syrian navy is a lot weaker than the Israeli one. and he will be a hero to the Syrian opposition without risking too much.
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Old 09.09.2011, 16:38
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Unlike, say, Kemal At... oh, never mind...
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Old 09.09.2011, 16:43
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What parliament are you talking about? It is just Erdogan governing the whole country. Nobody can oppose him; neither from his party or from the opposition. Media is his, judiciary is his, now military is also his
In reality you are correct but the Constitution says otherwise "The Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) are subordinate to the President, in the capacity of Commander-in-Chief. The Chief of General Staff of the TAF is responsible to the Prime Minister in the exercise of his functions, and the latter is responsible, along with the rest of the Council of Ministers, before the parliament (Article 117)."

If he goes too far Erdogan could finish up like Gadaffi being referred to the international criminal court but that is far in the future & only after a lot of damage is done.
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Old 09.09.2011, 17:30
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There was (is?) a lot of talk about "The Turkish model" and how Arab countries should aspire to be like Turkey.

Looks like the other way now.
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Old 09.09.2011, 17:36
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There was (is?) a lot of talk about "The Turkish model" and how Arab countries should aspire to be like Turkey.

Looks like the other way now.
Wasn't it obvious since 2002, when Erdogan first got to power? But then most western countries were happy to see a shift from the hardcore Turkish policy.
Everybody was (some of them are still) praising Erdogan for his vision and guts.

No matter what I still do not believe it will lead to any serious action.
Israel is playing cool, Erdogan will be given some sort of sweetener and ships probably end up having a nice EastMed tour
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Old 09.09.2011, 18:51
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Sorry seems to be the hardest word.
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Turkey picks a fight with Cyprus as well.
So far, as usual, only words.

Cyprus is not in NATO, but a full EU member - Turkey is the opposite.

Gas and oil rigs are very easy to attack, but I don't think Turkey will risk it.
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Israel = Nuclear Weapons
Turkey = No nukes

Game Over, Winner = Israel

The mentalists there would probably use them too.. World war 3 anyone?
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