They have created a battlefield. This whole operation which has been initiated by the Obama regime against Assad is creating a totally untenable situation in the region as a whole.”Syrian Ambassador to Tehran Hamed Hassan says the ongoing crisis in Syria started through foreign conspiracy, with the Arab country currently engaged in a real war. The Syrian envoy also stated that the foreign media contort the reality of what is going on in Syria and cover the news in favor of the terrorist groups. The Syrian government says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the armed militants are foreign nationals. Press TV has conducted an interview with Bill Jones, Executive Intelligence Review, to further discuss the issue. The following is a rough transcription of the interview. Press TV: It is interesting to note how things are escalating with the PKK in southeast Turkey. It seems like Turkey is not able to maintain its borders, and the violence in Syria, spilling into Turkey’s borders. Jones: Indeed it is. They have created a battlefield. This whole operation which has been initiated by the Obama regime against Assad is creating a totally untenable situation in the region as a whole. If it continues, if it leads to further action, and there seems to be no letup at this point, no attempt to have some kind of negotiated resolution, everything is going to start to break out.
Every tension, every ethnic tension, religious tensions in the area which are simmering, which are underneath the surface will break out in a situation of general conflict as a result of this.It is an escalation of something that’s been going on and it’s something we’re going to see more of unless some measures are taken to bring down the violence in the region as a whole. Press TV: It is quite a dire situation and the price here to be paid is one that Turkey’s clearly not in a position to pay. Wouldn’t this current situation make Turkey think better in its approach towards Syria? Jones: It’s very difficult to say. As far as we can see from here, while there are probably voices of moderation within Turkey, the opposition to the AKP has been very vociferous in their opposition to this. The leadership, the prime minister, the president have always seemed to be more pragmatic whereas the foreign minister has a little more of an ideological edge -- it seems to me at this point that his policy is prevailing.
There is no attempt from within Turkey, although they’ll talk about the need for peace and they’re saying they do not want to engage in military action in Turkey, what’s happening on the ground seems to be saying something else.Maybe this will get them to think again; but at the present moment, things are, unfortunately, on a short leash at this time even within Turkey itself with their moves towards war that are really creating the situation or characterizing the overall situation more than anything else. Press TV: If Turkey continues on the same path that it is with the PKK militants becoming more active and taking more advantage of the poorest border regions with Syria, where is the situation headed for Turkey, particularly? Jones: These are the types of things that are incalculable. They’re called ‘unintended consequences’. When you start a fight, you have a battle plan; it looks very well, and then things start to go awry.
What starts to go awry in this situation is that what was intended as a quick surgical attempt to try and get rid of Assad is now turning into a general state of war within the region as a whole. Neither Turkey nor any of the other countries in the area are immune to this. They’ve opened up a can of worms with this military action.Hopefully, one can get the genie back in the bottle, but at this point I don’t see any measures on the part of the Turkish government to try and find a solution to the situation in Syria. They’re going to reap the whirlwind of the wind that they have already sown. GMA/JR