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Will NATO have to save Turkey and stop the barbarians at the gate?

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Submitted by PezDispenser (Israel), Aug 16, 2014 at 16:26

"NATO would take all steps necessary to defend alliance member Turkey if it were threatened by Islamic State fighters who have made gains in neighbouring Iraq and Syria, Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Aug. 11."

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/nato-says-would-help-defend-turkey-if-threatened-by-islamic-state.aspx?PageID=238&NID=70279&NewsCatID=359

Does this mean that the US and NATO members would be committed to send ground forces into Turkey to repel any caliphate advances, especially if the Turkish army fails? Something tells me that the fall of Turkey - or even the possiblity of major damage to Turkey - would be too much even for the pacifist Europeans and for America.

By the way, while it wouldn't be World War III, something like this would not only eclipse the current regional wars in Iraq and Syria, but it would be the first time Western forces fight on Turkish soil since WWI and ironically against another caliphate. (I wanted to mention the 1683 Battle of Vienna that stopped the Ottomans in Europe, but I don't know if that applies.)

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Daniel Pipes replies:

Good point that this would mean fighting with Turks against the caliphate, as opposed to the centuries before 1924 when it was against Turks as the caliphate.

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