Saturday, 3 August 2013

Syria proves nothing has changed
since Bosnia and Herzegovina

A couple of years ago, I remember Kevin Ovenden,  then assistant of George Galloway's, promote Davutoglu as a new sort of politician who was going to re-draw the politics of the Eastern Mediterranean for the better. Now Turkey's verbal support for the Syrian opposition has turned that geo-political analysis 180⁰.

Davutoglu doesn't actually propose any concrete support here. States are always better at calling for freedom in their rivals' countries than their friends', and better at providing diagnosis than cure.
Still, I did see an EA World View report* suggesting that the reason the rebels are doing better in the North than the South is that the US has less control over the Turkish than Jordanian border, and so more weapons are getting through the former.

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