Turkey is preparing the ground to launch a war against neighboring Syria, an American political analyst tells Press TV.
Referring to certain undertakings by the Turkish government, author and political commentator Ralph Schoenman said, “This is a major escalation and preparation for a war in which the United States and the NATO countries will be directly involved particularly in so far as the Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu personally called United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen to associate them with a Turkish military attack.”
“Turkey declared it will not respect Syria’s borders in pursuing its military campaign against the Kurds and it is using that as an occasion and opportunity to further preparations for war,” he added in a Sunday interview with Press TV.
“Well you are looking here at a long-prepared undertaking by the Turkish government in conjunction with NATO and the United States to escalate the war against Syria in which Turkey has been a key player,” Schoenman further said.
He noted that Ankara is also helping the insurgency inside Syria by hosting “the [so-called] Free Syrian Army and the Syrian National Congress, which are the actual operating groups of militia and armed factions that were produced by NATO and Saudi Arabia and Qatar and Libya and the United States through the aegis of Turkey.”
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday called on his nation to be prepared for a possible war with the neighboring Syria if necessary.
Tensions have been running high between Syria and Turkey, with Damascus accusing Ankara - along with Saudi Arabia, Qatar, France, and the United States - of backing a deadly insurgency that has claimed the lives of many Syrians, including large numbers of security and army personnel.
On Sunday, Turkey's military fired an artillery shell into Syria for a fifth day after a mortar landed in a Turkish border village.
On October 5, Erdogan said that Turkey was not far from war with Syria due to the cross-border attacks.
"We are not interested in war, but we're not far from it either," Erdogan told a crowd in Istanbul.
On October 4, the Turkish parliament authorized cross-border military action against Syria “when deemed right.”