The thought of Turkish troops driving across the border into Syria should be a scary one. They would have to confront several combatants. There would likely be a very high death toll, and the suffering there would only increase as both ISIS and the Syrian Army would be forced to confront the invader. There would also be the political fallout. But there is little doubt that the Syrian refugee crisis is pushing Turkey to the brink.
Hundreds of mainly Syrian migrants are engaged in a standoff with Turkish police near Turkey’s Greek border after the authorities shut down their bid to cross into the European Union. Turkey has been struggling to house nearly 2 million Syrian refugees, leading to tensions with both Syria and the EU.
Turkey, a European country with a Middle Eastern problem, has struggled economically. The country is loosely based on Muslim economic principles which if practiced over long periods leads to two classes, the uber rich and the uber poor. With little economic opportunities in the struggling Turkey and with the EU decidedly anti-migrant, Turkey is saddled with hundreds of thousands who want to pour into Europe but cannot.
With Ankara struggling to cope with the humanitarian fallout of sheltering 2 million migrants, and frustration growing at the European Union’s perceived unwillingness to assist Turkey, there are concerns that officials will simply ignore those migrants crossing the border illegally.
So the first concern is that Turks will simply look the other way as Syrians and others illegally cross into Europe. Well, at least we will not be the only country where their southern neighbor is allowing dangerous people into our country illegally. But this is not the real problem, at least not globally.
Equally concerning has been the recent rhetoric by the Turkish President Tayyip Ergodan, blaming Syria and Assad for the ongoing crisis and threatening military action. “We cannot bear any longer to sit back and watch bodies of children and women washed ashore on the coasts of the Mediterranean and Aegean as a result of a forced helplessness,” Ergodan said in a recent speech in Ankara.
“The solution of this crisis is through bringing down the tyrannic regime in Syria.”
Now this is not a too veiled threat aimed at Syrian President Assad and his allies. We then have a moderate western power threatening to invade its neighbor, which is disconcerting to begin with, but it gets worse. Remember who Syria’s greatest ally is? That’s right, Russia. Now, as of yet there has been no public response from Putin or Russia to this threat, but they have been very clear on their determination to see Assad retain power.
This affects America as well. Currently, we are in a treaty with Turkey called NATO. If open conflict erupts between them and Russia, we could become entangled in an ever-expanding conflict. This kind of incident is what started the First World War.
May God save us from such an outcome.