Turkey's Syrian Debacle
September 1, 2012 • 10:02AM

Turkey's acting as the "subcontractor" for the Anglo-Obama attack on Syria and World War III is rapidly becoming a "debacle," and is being seen as such in Turkey, as the country become more and more destabilized. An op-ed in Hürriyet by senior commentator Semih Idiz said that Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will come back empty-handed from the United Nations Security Council meeting this week, in terms of help on the refugee situation: "The upshot is that Turkey faces a potential debacle such as it has not had before due to Syria. The question is how much of this is the result of the government's hasty and overambitious Syrian policy, and how much of it is the product of an inevitable chain of events. Clearly, Turkey would have faced a refugee crisis anyway ... but critics feel that it should not only have moved more realistically from the start and allowed international agencies in much earlier, but also that it should have had a more regional approach which did not alienate Iran and Iraq and millions of Shi'ites in the Middle East.

"Not having done that, Turkey is forced now to issue futile appeals as the refugee problem grows and the Syrian crisis deepens along sectarian lines. In other words, the government is facing a crisis for which it has no answers, and a public at home that is growing increasingly uneasy over this. If this is not a debacle, then what is?"

Meanwhile, the Turkish government announced it will allow a delegation of the parliamentary human rights commission to visit the Apaydin refugee camp in Hatay province, where Syrian military defectors are being held, and which is believed to be a base for running operations into Syria. Ankara had to make the decision after the opposition reminded it that such actions are totally unconstitutional. The Turkish Constitution clearly prohibits, as Hürriyet reported, foreign troops or paramilitary elements, "free something army," or any such armed foreign elements, without the approval of parliament.

Tensions have risen dramatically in Hatay province, where the Agaydin and other Syrian refugee camps are located, since the local population are predominantly Alawite, and maintain close ties to the Alawite population on the Syrian side of the border. Turkish press report that the Syrian Sunni opposition fighters who are operating out of Turkey, are creating tensions with the local population in Hatay.

On top of this, there are fears that an "Alawite state" would be created that would extend from Latakia in Syria and encompass Turkey's Hatay province. Such fears are cutting both ways. Some are claiming the Assad regime is be behind it, while others fear "international players" are behind it as part of a design to redraw the map of the Syria and the region.

The main point is that as the war drags on, the entire region is exploding.