A FIGHT WE LIKE – AT 10:46 A.M. ET: Frankly, I wouldn't mind a good scrap between the Islamists of Turkey and the butchers of Syria.
And we may get one. There's been a major incident in the region – Syria has apparently shot down a Turkish jet fighter. The Turks are taking it seriously. You know they're taking it seriously because they haven't blamed the Israelis. From Reuters:
ANKARA - Turkish President Abdullah Gul said on Saturday it was not possible to ignore the fact that Syria had shot down a Turkish fighter jet and said everything that needed to be done following the incident would be done, Turkish media reported.
"It is not possible to cover over a thing like this, whatever is necessary will no doubt be done," Gul told reporters from the central Anatolian city of Kayseri.
The Turkish military said it had lost contact with one of its F-4 fighter jets off the southern Turkish coast near Syria on Friday morning and Damascus later acknowledged it had shot the plane down.
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, who had been returning from a summit in Brazil when the news broke, called an emergency security meeting on his arrival in Ankara and in a statement his office said Ankara would act "decisively" once all the details had emerged.
Syria has said the Turkish aircraft was flying low and well inside Syrian territorial waters when it was shot down. Gul said it was normal for jets to briefly cross into foreign airspace and said a probe into the incident would look at whether in fact it was downed while in Turkish airspace.
COMMENT: Oh guys, fight it out and leave us alone. And may both of you lose.
June 23, 2012