President Bashar al-Assad sends his planes daily into the sky where they engage in missions of destruction. They zoom over villages, blast away at civilians who lack any means of fighting back. Yesterday, an air force jet plane from Turkey was attacked by Syrian planes which shot it down. It is one thing to blast away at defenseless civilians, another to take on the powerful military force of Turkey. President Abdullah Gul made clear to the leaders of Syria they picked on the wrong guy and the wrong country.
Gul said quietly, “it’s no possible to cover up a thing like this. Whatever is necessary will be done.” The “will be done” can include anything from sending Turkish planes over the skies of Syria to shoot down a few planes or massing Turkish soldiers on the Syrian border. Unfortunately for Assad, neither Russia nor China can bully the Turks.