Damascus understands the situation. It's doing what it can to cool tensions. It's impossible when foreign militants launch cross-border attacks from its territory on Turkey.
It's a setup, a provocative false flag. At the same time, Syria's army is strong and able to retaliate. Turkey is playing with fire. Full-scale war assures all sides lose.
What's coming remains to unfold. Heightened tensions suggest the worst. It's hard imagining why Erdogan and top officials around him would risk so much for so little. Serious internal opposition exists for good reason. Whether it can stop him remains unknown.
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