Turkey, US Consider Humanitarian Corridor for Besieged Syrian Cities

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While the possibility of a ‘humanitarian assistance corridor’ running from Turkey to Syrian cities is currently under discussion, only military intervention could successfully implement this plan, writes Melih Asik. Recent meetings between Turkish and American officials may suggest that this option is not entirely off the table.

On the world stage, Turkey is playing the part of the savior of our Syrian brethren. However, we are also being accused of aiding and abetting Syrian terrorists.  The creation of a “humanitarian assistance” corridor is now on the agenda, and camps for the Syrians who will come through this corridor have been prepared. This is good; but now, how will this corridor be opened?

Through military power. You can call this the new pretext for military intervention.

Retired [Turkish] Ambassador Onur Oymen has given an assessment of the latest developments in Syria:

“Statements made in Washington following talks between Foreign Minister Davutoglu and Hilary Clinton indicate that there is a low probability of finding a diplomatic solution. Davutoglu’s declaration that ‘all options have to be considered’ gives the impression that military intervention has not been ruled out. Moreover, the arrival of the commander of the US Central Command in Ankara at this precise moment also suggests that military options are being considered.

“However, [the fact that both of these officials] have stated that the fundamentalist political developments in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia represent successful democratic processes should cause anxiety.”

It is as if Turkey is having problems restraining itself from attacking Syria.

Is it sensible for a country [like Turkey]that would be paralyzed if Iran and Russia closed down natural gas pipelines for couple days to now become a hawk [on intervention in Syria]?

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