Turkish forces fired across the frontier into
Syria on Sunday after a shell launched from Syria landed in Turkey's
border town of Akcakale. This is the fifth day Turkey and Syria had exchange fire and Turkish
Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan once again said that Turkey
does not want war, but warned Syria
(again) not to test its resolve.
It’s a hollow threat and everyone knows it.
Hollow not in the sense that
can’t or won’t enter the conflict in Syria;
hollow in that Turkey is
ALREADY in the conflict in Syria!
It’s an open secret that Turkey
has been helping the Syrian rebels in their rebellion against Syrian President
Bashar al-Assad. Syrian rebels are using Turkey
as a staging ground to launch attacks into Syria
and Turkish “nationals” has been killed within Syria by President Bashar
al-Assad's forces. So quite naturally, Syria is now hitting Turkey to stop the flow of rebels coming into Syria. Much like what America has been trying to do in Pakistan for years!
So it’s a little late for Prime Minister Erdogan to warned
Syria about Turkey entering the war. Whether he
wants to admit it or not, Turkey
is already in the war and Syria (quite rightfully) already consider Turkey
an enemy. Turkey has already picked a side in the war; it's too late to back out now.