Thursday, June 23, 2011
Crisis In Syria: Time for Turkey, Erdogan to Act Now
With Syrian tanks and troops moving right up to its border with Turkey in an apparent attempt to cut off thousands of more refugees from fleeing across the border, the time is now for Turkey and its Prime Minister to take action and stop the blood bath. President Assad has lost the moral authority to continue to run the country. More importantly, despite the ruthless and barbaric tactics of his army and secret police in gunning down hundreds, if not thousands, of unarmed men, women and children, the spell of fear with which he has used to rule the country since taking over the reins of power from his father, is now forever broken by the general public's outrage and hatred of him.
Prime Minister Erdogan, as successful as his leadership has been, is now at a crossroads. There is no question that Turkey holds considerable influence with the Assad regime. Prime Minister Erdogan is said to have a close, friendly relationship with the monster Assad. Mr. Erdogan has a choice: he can either step up to his responsibilities as the only regional power in a position to halt the wholesale slaughter of the Syrian people by a two-bit dictator or he can turn his back, lose the respect and credibility Turkey has gained by standing up to the region's other bully, Israel, and dash any hopes of Turkey joining the modern world and entrance into the European Community.
The future of Turkey and Syria rests in Mr. Erdogan's hands.