It is true Syria must obey Turkey, as Syria is in no position to make any dicesions. As it is, Syria needs help right now - not Turkey. The whole situation must me sorted peacefully in a humane way - without any killing.
Yunus - England
Turkey and Syria have enjoyed a great relationship as neighbours and it is unfortunate to see a neighbour in turmoil. Turkey has reached out and made efforts to prompt some sort of peaceful alternative. Nonetheless, the situation continued to worsen.
Even though conflict in Syria progresses, one overriding principal remains the same: every country has the right to protect its borders. Decisions should not be made hastily and both Turkish officials and citizens have voiced their opposition towards military intervention from the very beginning.
But in light of the tone in the article, no deference has been given towards Turkey. Perhaps, rather than making sharp conclusory charges towards Turkey, the author could advance his views in light of the socioeconomic and political reality that exists in that region. Political actors make decisions based on these realities.
Zelda - New York
Syrian artillery shells killed several innocent Turkish civilians. In accordance with international law, Turkey has a right to protect its sovereignty and defend itself. NATO, the United Nations, and other international organisations have come out in support of Turkey's actions. It is very unsavoury to use the Syrian conflict as a vessel to attack Turkey about the Cypriot issue.
Altay - USA
Turkey, like all other countries, has the right to protect itself in case of armed conflict breaking out across its borders so I don't know why this article makes it seems as if Turkey's actions to protect its own lands are outrageous and unexpected. As a neighbor of a country who is now in turmoil, Turkey has done the right thing by protecting and accepting Syrian refugees while in the meantime protecting its borders against unwarranted attacks.
The Cyprus issue doesn't even remotely relate to what is going on in Syria so I don't know why this is considered or mentioned in the article. Moreover, Turkey abides by "principles of European and international law" or it would not have the support of various international organisations such as the UN and NATO. I think this article does a poor job of analyzing what the situation in the Middle East entails and its ramifications.
Nur - Chicago
Mr. Meyer. Come now, let's be realistic here. I expected a more insightful article than the one presented above. Have you any knowledge of foreign affairs or international law? Focus on your own country, before you look at others.
If an artillery shell landed in your living room, wouldn't you want your nation to do something about it? If another nation shot down your surveillance jet, wouldn't you want your government to do something about it?
What if it was your family, your son, or your young daughter that died, wouldn't you want your nation, your government to do something about it? Sir, my guess is a yes.
Lastly, why don't you focus on Spain's 22 per cent unemployment rate, fix your own problems before you start pointing fingers. Turkey doesn't answer to you, Syria, or the EU, and will do what we must.
Ilker - New York
This very biased article seems to imply that Turkey is moving due to the current unrest within Syria because the author chose to ignore the real reason behind the decision. Turkey has suffered two recent attacks by Syria; first a jet plane was shot down in international airspace, and now five civilians have died in Turkey due to Syrian cross-border attacks.
It is Turkey's right and duty to do what it takes to protect their borders and their citizens. As others have already commented, there is no relation between the conflict with Syria and the Cyprus issue.
Rabia - Michigan
Regardless of whether Turkey is justified in invading Syria, this article is full of bias that undermines its overall validity. First of all, the broad reference to "Turkey's unsavory track record of invasion and occupation" is unsubstantiated and prejudicial. Northern Cyprus is populated by Turks, and the Turkish government felt that military action was necessary to protect the Turks from escalating ethnic violence in the 70s.
More importantly, the Turkish faction has taken great strides towards reconciliation that Greek Cypriots have refused. In the 2004 UN proposal to resolve the Cyprus dispute, 76 per cent of Greeks voted no whereas over 65 per cent of Turks were in favour of this reconciliatory plan. Clearly, Turkey is in favour of resolving the Cyprus dispute, but lacks Greek counterparts to similarly strive for a solution.
Oya - St. Louis
This simplistic Turkey bashing is totally unwarranted. Turkey has been exemplary in its contribution to world peace in the past century, following the principle of "peace at home, peace in the world". Turkey's intervening in Cyprus to protect the Turkish minority there was justified with international agreements, as it is one of the three guarantor countries of Cyprus (along with England and Greece).
Turkey was also meausured and responsible in its reaction when more than 10 Turkish civilians were killed in the "Mavi Marmara" incident. As for Syria, it tried to urge the Syrian government into a peaceful transition to democracy from a minority-dominated dictatorship. Yet, Syrian government chose to supress legitimate demands of the majority of its population with violence.
Furthermore, Syrian forces killed several Turkish citizens and shot down a Turkish plane in international waters. Yet, Turkey was responsible in its reaction again. It did not attact or invade Syria. It only responded when its borders were violated.
Melissa - USA