[The devious Erdogan Administration has the audacity to describe Syrian self-defense against the Turkish proxy forces within Syria as “aggression.” Maybe it is time for some other megalomaniacal would be world dictator to come along and pound the shit out of all of these cocky little minion states like Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar? But that would only be supporting another illegal, immoral insurgency within those countries, just as those countries have done to the Syrian people, penalizing the innocent along with the guilty. There is no justification under any circumstances for what we have done in Syria and before that, in Libya, and a dozen other places. We DID NOT answer a call to support an ongoing revolution, we organized and started that “Syrian revolution” that has been expanded into the Syrian Civil War. It is all based upon lies, over layers of even more lies. Everything about the anti-Syrian aggression is a fabrication, just as is the entire “terror war.” Every dead American or foreign soldier, every dead civilian or “terrorist” has died for a lie. We are the aggressor in all cases, since the original big aggression in 2001.
The human race has to find some other way to communicate with each other, other than through our usual “dialogue of weapons.” The dialogue of weapons is a type of “body language” that is measured in body counts, rather than through nuance. Nations speak with weapons whenever words fail them, just as individuals do. Breaking this cycle is the most important task that any human being may undertake in life. But then, we would still be stuck with all of those corrupted individuals in government, as in all human endeavors, who harbor aggressive intentions towards their fellow man. World Peace would require that all such individuals be resisted with ultimate, absolute force. The missing dialogue, to eliminate this “dialogue of weapons,” begins whenever we start to defend the integrity of our language against concerted attacks upon reason itself, differentiating between legitimate “self-defense” and “aggression.” What we have today in Syria is a legitimate war of self-defense against foreign-sponsored aggression against the Syrian state.
There seems to be only one way to prevent the Obamas, the Clintons, the Erdogans and the Thanis of this world from turning the deteriorating Syrian situation into a regional or worldwide conflagration, and that is, to begin our own self-defense right here, where the psychopaths are staging their semantic attacks, blurring the definitions of key words which define their aggressions. That one concept, that of twisting definitions, is the key to all psychological warfare and the primary tactic being deployed by the Imperialists today. Whenever they successfully flip certain concepts, substituting their false definitions, then they can successfully paint Syrian defenders as “aggressors,” whenever an errant, or purposefully misfired artillery shell lands on the territory of the real “aggressor state.” Whenever these evil deceptions truly take hold, resulting in American and Russian forces ultimately standing eyeball-to-eyeball in Syria, then there will be no limit to the number of big shells, missiles and gravity bombs that will fall on Turkish territory. Turkey will then pay a heavy price for volunteering to be a front-line state, as they try to push that border line southward, into Syrian space.]
“In New York, Turkey’s United Nations ambassador, Ertugrul Apakan, wrote to the presidency of the security council. ‘This is an act of aggression by Syria against Turkey,'”
Turkey’s parliament has approved military operations against targets in Syria following the deaths of five Turkish citizens from Syrian shelling.
Turkish soldiers patrol near the Akcakale border gate, southern Sanliurfa province Photo: REUTERS/Murad Sezer
By Richard Spencer, Middle East Correspondent, and Barney Henderson
The mandate, valid for one year, was passed by 320 votes in the 550-seat Turkish parliament, it added.
Turkey’s deputy prime minister, Besir Atalay, said authorising the use of force in Syria is not a declaration of war but is intended as a deterrent.
The vote came as Turkey resumed shelling Syrian government military positions on Thursday morning in retaliation for a mortar round which landed over its border killing five of its citizens.
Turkish state media said artillery units based in the border town of Akcakale had begun striking targets inside Syria early this morning, and that the attacks were continuing.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a London-based monitor, said a number of Assad regime soldiers had been killed in the overnight shelling at a base near the town of Tal al-Abyad.
The shelling, the first direct intervention in the Syrian conflict by an outside power, began on Wednesday night in retaliation for the deaths of five Turkish civilians, a woman and her three daughters and another woman, in Akcakale earlier in the day.
The aftermath of a mortar strike launched from within Syria on the town of Akcakale, which killed five people and later prompted retaliatory strikes (Reuters)
They were struck by a mortar round fired from inside Syria and thought to be aimed from the military base at the Tal al-Abyad border post, which fell into Syrian rebel hands last month.
As well as ordering the military response, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish prime minister, prepared a concerted diplomatic offensive against Syria, calling an emergency meeting of the Nato council and demanding action at the United Nations security council.
“Our armed forces in the border region responded immediately to this abominable attack in line with their rules of engagement,” his statement read. “Targets were struck through artillery fire against places in Syria identified by radar.
“Turkey will never leave unanswered such kinds of provocation by the Syrian regime against our national security.”
The initial mortar attack was a sign of the increasing desperation of the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad as it loses control of the north of the country.
Earlier, a series of explosions had levelled buildings in Aleppo and killed scores of people, many of them soldiers. On Thursday morning, an explosion in Damascus killed 18 members of the elite Republican Guard.
Last month, rebels seized a northern border post with Turkey at Tal al-Abyad, and are now reported to be moving on the town of al-Raqqah.
It was regime mortar fire aimed at rebel positions at Tal al-Abyad which fell on the wrong side of the border that triggered the Turkish reply. As well as the five deaths, a number of people were injured, two critically.
Syrian fire has previously crossed the border, but these were the first deaths of Turkish citizens recorded as a result. Ankara regularly stages attacks over the Iraqi border aimed at Kurdish rebels using Iraq as a base for attacks inside Turkey, and this action may be a warning to Syria whose own military offensive, particularly its aerial bombardments, have crept ever closer to the frontier.
There was no initial indication that this was a precursor to a wider use of force against the Syrian regime. Ibrahim Kalin, an adviser to Mr Erdogan, insisted that Turkey had no interest in a war with Syria and was “protecting its borders”.
But Mr Erdogan has been pressing for western backing for a “safe zone” in northern Syria, and Nato ambassadors went into an immediate emergency session last night under Article 4 of its charter. Turkey has previously invoked Article 4, which calls for consultation in cases where a member feels its territorial integrity is under threat, and will be expecting its allies to rally behind it.
A Nato statement accused Syria of “flagrant violations of international law”.
In New York, Turkey’s United Nations ambassador, Ertugrul Apakan, wrote to the presidency of the security council. “This is an act of aggression by Syria against Turkey,” he said. “It constitutes a flagrant violation of international law as well as a breach of international peace and security. Turkey calls for an immediate end to such unacceptable violations.”
The security council was likely to issue a statement “strongly condemning” the Syrian government, though Russia, which has backed the Assad regime and vetoed previous resolutions condemning it in the security council, asked for a delay for further discussions.
A spokesman for Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary-general, said he urged Turkey to “keep open all channels of communication with the Syrian authorities with a view to lessening any tension,” and Damascus to “respect fully the territorial integrity of its neighbours as well as to end the violence against the Syrian people”.
The attack in Aleppo on Wednesday hit the main Saadallah Jabri Square, the seat of a number of government buildings.
Syria’s state news agency put the death toll at 31.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 48 people died. Residents told The Daily Telegraph that most of the victims were members of the security forces lodging in the buildings during the fighting which has consumed the city since mid-July.
An online video purporting to be from Jabhat al-Nusra, a jihadist group accused of ties to al-Qaeda, claimed responsibility.