29 June 2012 /SAMİ KOHEN
The first things we should expect from Syria are an official declaration admitting its fault in recently downing a Turkish military jet, an apology and compensation. Yet Ankara does not intend to be content with such symbolic gestures.
Recent speeches by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan have shown that his Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government wants to go far beyond this. The Syrian policy the government has been pursuing has already made Turkey take a stand in the Syrian crisis. The prime minister’s latest speech, during which he said Turkey has a mission in Syria and will do what is necessary to achieve that mission, has delivered a message that Turkey will carry on its “mission” until Syrian President Bashar al-Assad leaves power. What this will cause Turkey to gain and lose should be discussed while putting heroism aside. There is no doubt that Turkey receiving support at international platforms over the jet crisis has been a success, but the international community is not ready to launch a military operation to make a regime change in Damascus. Even though our efforts for a diplomatic solution will be in vain, hopes for diplomacy have not yet ceased.