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Turkey seems to be looking for trouble

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Submitted by Ken Besig (Israel), Jun 27, 2012 at 17:52

This commentary is both insightful and deeply disturbing. The last thing the Mediterranean area needs is more turmoil, the unrest and violence in Syria, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, and the Sinai Peninsula could erupt into a shooting war at any time as it is and these deliberate Turkish provocations constitute gross, indeed practically criminal irresponsibility.

While there is apparently little that the United States or Europe can do to rein in the Turkish leader Erdogan and his cronies, perhaps NATO pressure, including the threat of suspending or even revoking Turkey's membership in that organization, might be enough to cause the Turkish government restrain itself. But doing nothing about Turkey's provocative behavior could easily lead to regional conflict which everyone would regret.

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