He did little to cool tensions, adding:
"We hope that all parties involved will show restraint, and avoid an escalation of the crisis. I do believe that the right way forward in Syria is political solution."
If he believed it, he'd work with other NATO members and to call off their dogs. Since conflict erupted last year, belligerence was prioritized. Alleged humanitarian concerns and fake peace plans were subterfuge for what's planned.
On October 9, Rasmussen's rhetoric grew sharper. "We have all necessary plans in place to protect and defend Turkey if necessary," he said.
Damascus needs defending, not Ankara. Rasmussen commended Turkey for its restraint. Shelling Syrian territory for six days hardly shows it. Clearly it makes war more likely.
"Obviously Turkey has a right to defend herself within international law," claimed Rasmussen. "I would add".that Turkey can rely on NATO solidarity."
Rasmussen and Erdogen both sound Orwellian. The NATO chief commends Turkish shelling as restraint. Erdogan practically says the best way to achieve peace is wage war.
Perhaps he also believes freedom is slavery and ignorance is strength. Maybe Turks will get fed up enough to remove him and likeminded warmongers before their country get embroiled over its head.
On condition of anonymity, NATO officials said plans in place are longstanding. In response to Washington's regime change agenda, perhaps they were readied in the 1990s.