- Turkey, Patriot Missiles, and World War III !
Turkey is expecting that NATO will make a decision on its request for the deployment of Patriot missile batteries (and presumably AWACS planes, though this possibility has not yet been reported by the Western press) to the Turkish-Syrian border sometime within the next week. “We asked for Patriots from NATO taking into account the critical situation that emerged on our border with Syria. The aim is for the protection of the widest possible area in Turkey,” Turkish Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz told reporters, Saturday, in Ankara. “We expect the NATO Council to make its decision within the next week. NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen added that, if approved, the deployment would “contribute to the de-escalation of the crisis along NATO’s southeastern border.”
Rasmussen’s notion that a NATO deployment to Syria’s border with Turkey would have a stabilizing effect on the situation is not flying in Russia, it’s not flying in Iran, and it’s certainly not flying in Syria. “Deploying these missiles in Turkey will be dangerous for Syrian military planes—that is obvious,” Russian analyst Konstantin Sivkov told the Voice of Russia in an interview Saturday. “A less obvious thing is that Turkey is getting ready for a war against Syria. If an attack on Syria from the territory of Turkey does take place, this will most likely be an attack not of the Turkish Army but of NATO’s forces.” And it would risk a wider war. “The Middle East is getting ready for a large-scale battle which will very likely affect the Russian part of the Caucasus, and this, in its turn, will be reflected on the entire Russia,” Sivkov added.
Iran issued a similar warning. “The installation of such systems in the region has negative effects and will intensify problems in the region,” said parliament speaker Ali Larijani, who has just returned to Tehran from a trip to Syria, Lebanon, and Turkey. Foreign Ministry spokesman Mehmanparast added that the Patriot deployment “will not only not help solve the situation in Syria, it will actually make the situation more difficult and complicated as well.”
Syria, for its part, called the planned deployment a “provocation.” In a statement issued on Nov. 23, the Syrian Foreign Ministry said, “There is no reason for panic because Syria respects the sovereignty and sanctity of Turkish territory and the interests of the Turkish people.” An unnamed official told state television: “Syria stresses its condemnation of the Turkish government’s latest provocative step. Syria holds [Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip] Erdogan responsible for the militarisation of the situation at the border between Syria and Turkey, and the increase of tension and destruction to the detriment of the Syrian and Turkish peoples.”
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told CNN Turk, yesterday, that no one should be concerned about the use of Patriots. “These systems are solely defensive mechanisms, and will not become active unless there is a direct threat to our country’s security,” he said. “The aim of this action is to protect Turkey’s borders as much as possible at a time of crisis. The Patriots will be sent back when the risks to Turkey’s security disappear.”
In fact, the expected deployment is actually another step towards creating the conditions for a global war, which will be thermonuclear World War III. NATO has also decided to consolidate the two Land Forces, now based in Germany and Spain, into one single Land Strike Force—to be housed in Turkey.