"Turkey has no interest in a war with Syria. But Turkey is capable of protecting its borders and will retaliate when necessary. Turkey has retaliated to yesterday's incident without declaring war on Syria. Political, diplomatic initiatives will continue."
At the same time, Ankara's parliament considered a motion to permit further military action against Syria. Discussions were held in closed session.
Republican People's Party (CHP) parliamentary group deputy chairman Muharrem Ince and his Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) counterpart, Oktay Vural, objected to closed door debate. They were outvoted.
Ince also opposes war on Syria. The motion discussed says the following:
"The ongoing crisis in Syria affects the stability and security in the region and now the escalating animosity affects our national security."
"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."
"This situation risks and threatens our national security. In this respect, the need for taking precautions and acting quickly against any threats to Turkey has arisen."
"In the framework of the situation, under Article 92 of the Turkish Constitution, we kindly ask the Turkish Parliament to discuss a motion that authorizes the government for a year to send Turkish troops to foreign countries."
Passage was overwhelming 320 - 129. It makes full-scale intervention more likely. Ince said the motion "has no limits. You can wage a world war with" it. Western-generated violence, complicit regional provocations, and heightened tensions risk it.
Repeated incidents suggest what's coming. A regional conflict looks likely. The possibility should terrify everyone. If enough people cared, they could prevent it. Public concern so far is woefully lacking. Expect the worst. It's coming.
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