- 24-06-2012, 12:13 #31"I am not an Ulsterman but yesterday, the 1st. July, as I followed their amazing attack, I felt that I would rather be an Ulsterman than anything else in the world."
Cpt Wilfred Spender 2nd July 1916
"Throughout the long years of struggle ... the men of Ulster have proved how nobly they fight and die"
King George V
- 24-06-2012, 12:14 #32
A more likely result than a fight with the Syrians is severe cracks in NATO.
What's Septic public opinion like? If Obama told us Europeons to get bent would it be a vote winner?HMS Queen Elizabeth. Fitted for but not with airyplanes.
- 24-06-2012, 12:19 #33
Turkey has been developing its position as a regional power since the collapse of the soviet blok.
Syria has failed to recognise the new lical hardman in the region and so Assad will likely pay the price.
Turkey does not require NATO help to smite Syria either politically or militarily but observing nicities Turkey is likely to formally advise NATO before putting Assad firmly back in his box.
Turkey has a large standing army and air force, both well equipped and combat experienced.
Assad would do well to back down and resign before the Turks do him like the May bride.Originally Posted by greyfergie
- 24-06-2012, 12:21 #34
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Edit:- Sooner or later the Russians are going to call America/NATO's bluff, they tried in Serbia but despite the best efforts of a certain Septic general they didn't really get the chance to showboat there. Syria (and their sole Med port) might be their line in the sand.
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- 24-06-2012, 12:23 #37
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- 24-06-2012, 12:44 #38
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I don't think Vlad will do anything other than huff and puff if increasingly Islamic, and now not so pro-Israel, Turkey (funded by the Saudis) attacks Syria especially if some of the Gulf states lend token assistance. I'm more interested whether or not Russia's proxy, Iran (who exercises a lot of influence in Syria) will have the balls to confront Turkey? There's a lot more at stake than the lives of some poor dissident Syrians.
For the USA to influence Turkey they'll have to throw the Kurds under the bus.
The 'West' should sit this one out!Hey surr, thae bastards urr firin ball!
- 24-06-2012, 12:46 #39
Just reading Hague's statement and while he's apparently "outraged", this section is very telling.
"The Assad regime should not make the mistake of believing that it can act with impunity. It will be held to account for its behaviour. The UK stands ready to pursue robust action at the United Nations Security Council.
We're going to tell them they're very, very naughty.HMS Queen Elizabeth. Fitted for but not with airyplanes.
- 24-06-2012, 12:49 #40