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The only way to get Turkey out, is to put Russia in

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Submitted by jgets (Greece), Jul 17, 2012 at 12:59

At first glance It sounds like wishful thinking, but is it?

Realistically, Turkey is not stupid enough to leave Nato on her own. She will have to be slighted to such a degree that the only option left to save her dignity will be to storm out of the alliance or risk internal civil disobedience, or civil war. Some examples of events that could lead to this are, losing her foothold in Cyprus, the deliberate sinking of her naval vessels without a NATO response, the setting up of a Kurdish entity within her borders etc. If she finds no support of her positions from the Western allies, she will be forced to leave the Alliance.

In order to prevent Ankara from falling into the embrace of Moscow, serious incentives must be arraigned to make it worthwhile for the Russians to reject accepting Turkey as an ally. What better incentive is there than opening the door to Moscow's NATO membership (along with a window into the EU)? Until something along these lines occurs, Turkey will stay firmly in NATO.

And while I'm at it, isn't it about time someone started thinking about an EU ascension process for the Israelis?

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