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The Saudi's and Qataris are not much at military operations. But they have deep pockets. Without their money as direct aid to the foreign fighters and rebels in Syria, there is no revolution. Without pleasing those two oil monarchies, the NATO nations risk losing their daily oil fix.

Epic cynicism

The rhetoric and behavior by those who will say and do anything to get their way represents cynicism on an epic scale.

Until the last two or so years, Erdogan and the AKP Party had a foreign policy doctrine that stressed zero problems with neighbors. Turkey acted as an intermediary between the West and Iran on delicate nuclear power negotiations. It developed a close relationship with Iraq. Most remarkably, Erdogan reached important agreements with Syria's Assad, offered to help in negotiations with Israel on Syria's behalf, and proposed a strong alliance with the Assad regime.

Today, Turkey's policy is insults and attacks on its neighbors. The Turkish foreign minister blamed Iran for the problems in Syria. In a massive show of disrespect to Iraq, the Turkish foreign minister recently visited Kirkuk, the capital of the Kurdish section of that country, without announcing the trip to Iraq's central government. The union with Syria is clearly dead, unless union comes through conquest.

Erdogan has offered up his country as the patsy for the monarchies of the Persian Gulf and NATO. That alliance didn't have the room to drag the Syrian rebels across the finish line due to the blocking action of Russia and China in the United Nations. Turkey is their solution to get the war they want.

The entire effort by other nations to topple the government of Syria is a war crime. Syria represents no danger to the hostile nations, no imminent threat.

To show how lawless international relations are at this point, recall that President George W. Bush needed to create the belief that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction (WMD). With that fiction established as fact, the Bush administration then had the permission it thought necessary to invade Iraq.

By the new lower standards, the United States and the NATO nations feel no need to offer proof that the nations they want to bump off are an imminent danger. These new world leaders simply create internal disruption and death in the target nations, call it a civil war, and then either get the UN or a patsy like Erdogan to do the dirty work.

There are two factors that may prevent Turkey from attacking Syria and the consequent bloodbath. As limited as Erdogan is as a thinker and leader, he must know that 18% support for his policies presents a huge risk if he escalates those policies to full scale war. President Obama has his reelection at risk if war breaks out in the Middle East. More than 60% of citizens oppose military support or intervention in Syria.

Image this question at the next debate: "Mr. President, do you think that Hillary Clinton's constant demands to oust Syrian president Assad have anything to do with the catastrophe in Syria?"

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So you think nothing should be done to stop the co... by Tina Rife on Saturday, Oct 6, 2012 at 5:14:53 AM
The Syrian people don't figure in his thinking. It... by Jim Arnold on Saturday, Oct 6, 2012 at 1:01:01 PM
That my major concern on our meddling is the twin ... by Michael Collins on Saturday, Oct 6, 2012 at 2:03:49 PM
I know you are not a cold hearted SOB lol, but I d... by Tina Rife on Saturday, Oct 6, 2012 at 2:37:19 PM
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(I know this is a shock to some, lol) and cannot b... by Kim Cassidy on Saturday, Oct 6, 2012 at 11:40:38 PM
An exclusion zone is the proposal by the Turkish P... by Michael Collins on Saturday, Oct 6, 2012 at 10:16:24 PM
know the answers Michael but I do think the contin... by Tina Rife on Saturday, Oct 6, 2012 at 11:56:54 PM
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Hillary Clinton could stop sending tanks and troop... by Paul Repstock on Saturday, Oct 6, 2012 at 7:25:42 PM
She acts like she runs the world, worse than Condi... by Michael Collins on Saturday, Oct 6, 2012 at 10:18:12 PM
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I would LOVE to hear your private theory. I am al... by Kim Cassidy on Sunday, Oct 7, 2012 at 2:58:05 AM
but I am not playing devils advocate. I just don't... by Tina Rife on Sunday, Oct 7, 2012 at 11:46:12 AM
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I want some link love on this too.... by Tina Rife on Sunday, Oct 7, 2012 at 11:47:23 AM
Crowds Demonstrate Against War with Neighbor Ista... by Michael Collins on Sunday, Oct 7, 2012 at 4:59:18 PM
Back in the days of our pal the Shah, the Turks an... by msedano on Saturday, Oct 6, 2012 at 8:03:25 AM
Sorry, misplaced it.  Excellent comment.... by Michael Collins on Saturday, Oct 6, 2012 at 1:54:21 PM
I was so taken by the on target nature of the comm... by Michael Collins on Saturday, Oct 6, 2012 at 11:16:57 PM
I tried to stay on focus in this one but I have di... by Michael Collins on Saturday, Oct 6, 2012 at 1:53:49 PM
Turkey must be condemned at the UN for its ongoing... by Maria MarCha on Saturday, Oct 6, 2012 at 6:30:51 PM
Your points are sound, imho.  Erdogan showed ... by Michael Collins on Saturday, Oct 6, 2012 at 10:27:14 PM
You should live in Greece or Cyprus under the cont... by Maria MarCha on Sunday, Oct 7, 2012 at 4:04:29 AM
Cyprus is an excellent example of a conflict that ... by Michael Collins on Sunday, Oct 7, 2012 at 5:07:50 PM
detonation. In spite of the Syria "prompt appology... by Paul Repstock on Saturday, Oct 6, 2012 at 7:20:18 PM
Turkey is a great nation that could be a huge forc... by Michael Collins on Saturday, Oct 6, 2012 at 10:51:47 PM
And the news is jaw-dropping. Your article gives ... by Kim Cassidy on Saturday, Oct 6, 2012 at 9:49:38 PM
NDAA might actually be the only way the good side ... by Kim Cassidy on Saturday, Oct 6, 2012 at 10:14:56 PM
Assad is the leader of the people in Syria, and I ... by Tony Orlando on Sunday, Oct 7, 2012 at 9:24:23 AM
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