"It was an act of war. They shot down a plane over international waters, and this is unacceptable. (Turkey) reserves the right to respond."
According to Brookings Doha Center director Salman Shaikh:
"....Syria has now presented NATO with a pretext for involvement that could potentially bypass the United Nation."
"Assad has made a very big mistake. He's shown the very real dangers of this regime to its neighborhood."
Former US Turkish ambassador Ross Wilson said downing the plane "further escalat(es) tensions (and) rais(es) the stakes for Turkish leaders who have heretofore limited themselves to diplomatic efforts and mostly quiet support for Syrian refugees and opposition leaders."
Ross, in fact, knows Turkey runs point for Washington's war on Syria. It supplies weapons and training.
It provides safe havens. Insurgents launch cross-border raids, then return.
Turkey is complicit in crimes of war and against humanity. What's next remains unknown.
"Will it end up in war," asked Hurriyet ?
"(I)t's not that far yet."
However, it's clear that Ankara won't let "Syria get away with the incident."
It claims Syria's attack was "deliberate and it should pay for it."- Advertisement -
"Payment does not necessarily mean war, there are other options."
"Turkey doesn't want war, but is keeping all options on the table."
Turkey "will do everything to make Syria pay for the attack...."