NOW TURKEY AND SYRIA – AT 10:28 A.M. ET: These boys in the Mideast, they only know how to settle scores one way. This morning marked the fourth day of artillery exchanges between Turkey and Syria. Even Leon Panetta is expressing his concern. From The Wall Street Journal:
LIMA, Peru—The continued exchange of artillery fire between Syria and Turkey raises additional concerns that the conflict may escalate and spread to neighboring countries, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Saturday.
Mr. Panetta said the U.S. is using its diplomatic channels to relay worries about the fighting in the hopes that it won't broaden.
His comments came on the heels of warnings from Turkey's prime minister that his country isn't far from war with Syria.
Turkey and Syria traded artillery fire Saturday as rebels clashed with President Bashar al-Assad's forces near the border, heightening the fears that the crisis could erupt into a regional conflict. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday cautioned Damascus not to test Turkey's "limits and determination" and said Ankara wasn't bluffing in saying it won't tolerate such acts.
COMMENT: As a friend of mine said, channeling Henry Kissinger, too bad both of them can't lose.
October 7, 2012