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No shelling, mortar attack, or violation of international law occurred. A single mortar accidentally landed in Turkish territory. Most often these incidents harm no one. This time was an exception. Washington, its imperial allies, and complicit UN officials took full advantage.

Count Turkey among them. It's America's lead regional belligerent. Based on accidental killings, its parliament passed a motion "authoriz(ing) the government for a year to send Turkish troops to foreign countries."

It falsely claimed "Syrian armed forces have been conducting assaults as part of military operations into Turkish land despite our several warnings and diplomatic overtures since Sept. 20, 2012." 

It lied saying Turkey's national security is threatened. No such threat exists. Ankara bears full responsibility for serving Washington's interests. Doing so makes full-scale war more likely despite strong public opposition.

After parliamentary authorization, thousands protested angrily but peacefully in Istanbul and Ankara. They oppose Erdogan's ruling AK Party belligerence.

They carried banners and chanted slogans. One read "Savasa Hayir (no to war)." One protester spoke for others, saying:

"We are going through an ugly provocation of war. The Turkish and Syrian people are not enemies, but the ruling AK Party government is trying to drag our country into a war with Syria in compliance with US interests."

In Ankara, police incited violence. Injuries occurred. Dozens of arrests followed.

In New York, Syria's UN ambassador Bashar Jaafari said:

"The Syrian government is not seeking any escalation (of the conflict) with any of its neighbors, including Turkey. We reiterate our call to the Turkish government to help us in controlling the border, preventing armed groups from infiltrating through these borders."

He also said Damascus gave Security Council members a letter. It expressed "deep condolences" to families affected "and to the friendly and brotherly people of Turkey."

He urged Ankara and its neighbors to "act wisely, rationally and responsibly." He stopped short of condemning Turkey's involvement in Washington's proxy war. 

At the same time, he said Syria wants Turkish people to know their government's pro-opposition support is "wrong and (has) been wrong since the beginning of the crisis."

Syria isn't seeking "escalation with any of its neighbors, including Turkey," he stressed. Damascus wants "good neighborly relations with Turkey" and other regional countries.

Erdogan and top Justice and Development Party (AKP) officials are pro-Western stooges. Their belligerence destroyed good Ankara/Damascus relations. 

Erdogan's spoiling for a fight. Will he or won't he wage war? At an October 4 press conference, he said "(w)e have no intention of stating a war with Syria." At the same time, he added: "No country should dare test our determination on that."

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