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The role of Turkey in the US-NATO-Israeli war on Syria

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"Syria is worrying that it will be attacked by Turkey from above and by Israel from below. It is worrying that it will be squeezed between us like a sandwich."   

[ Israeli President Ezer Weizman (1993-2000), interview with Guneri Civaoglu,Caesarea, Israel, 11 June 1996 ]  [1]

"Although Turkey has never taken part in a war alongside us, it is a positive factor for Israel that Syria has an enemy on its northern frontiers. Syria will never attack Turkey, but it cannot exclude the reverse."  

[ Former Israeli Defence Minister Uri Or (1995-1996), interview with Alain Gresh, Tel Aviv, October 1997 ]  [2]




INTRODUCTION


When the U.S. and its allies launched the covert war on Syria in 2011, they were expecting that either Syria's political establishment would collapse within a short duration or they would find a way to ignite an open war. As Syria's leaders and people proved to be exceptionally resilient, increasingly more brutal means have been deployed to tear the country apart. Being at the forefront of this covert war in every respect, Turkey has been thoroughly complicit in monumental war crimes committed against the neighbouring people of Syria.

Turkey's phony peace with its neighbours Syria (since December 2004) and Iran (since November 2008) came to an abrupt end in May 2011, when its central role in NATO's covert war against Syria became evident. [3] 

As for Turkey's phony conflict with Israel, which began with the May 2010 Gaza Freedom-Flotilla massacre, has also been fully exposed when Turkey overtly supported Israel's blatant acts of military aggression against Syria in 2013. The repercussions of the May 2013 Reyhanli false-flag bombing attacks near Turkey's border with Syria is the latest evidence of a deep crisis of legitimacy for the United States, Britain, Israel, and Turkey; the four countries whose alliance has been dominating the political scene in the Middle East and beyond since 1990.


ISRAELI AIR ATTACKS ON DAMASCUS


As NATO's international mercenary forces from 29 different countries started suffering heavy defeats against the Syrian Army, Israeli Air Forces came to their rescue by launching two separate air strikes in Syria, both of which were blatant acts of war.  [4]  [5]

After the first Israeli air attack on Damascus on January 30th, Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu made the following remarks  [6]:

Why did the Syrian Army, which has been launching attacks on its own innocent civilian population for the past 22 months with jets from the air and with tanks and artillery fire from the ground, not retaliate against this Israeli operation?  Why does Assad not even throw a pebble when the Israeli jets fly over his palace and violate the dignity of his country? Why is Assad, who gives an order to fire Scud [missiles] at Aleppo, not doing anything against Israel? Is there a secret pact between Assad and Israel? [...]  The Assad administration knows only to abuse. Why doesn't he use against Israel, [a country] which they have regarded as an enemy since its foundation, the same force that he uses against defenceless women?    [7]

On May 5th, UN human-rights investigator Carla del Ponte announced the findings of the United Nations independent commission of inquiry on Syria:

According to the testimonies we have gathered, the rebels have used chemical weapons [in Syria], making use of sarin gas.  [8]

The same day, Israel launched another air attack on Damascus. [9]  In response to this second act of war by Israel against Syria, Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan lashed out at Syria's President Bashar al-Assad for war crimes that were actually perpetrated by NATO's international mercenary forces in Syria  [10]:

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Cem Ertür is an independent researcher and peace activist, currently based in Istanbul. Some of his work is published at Global Research and all his Propaganda Alerts since November 2011 are published on Indybay .

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