TEHRAN - Turkey has signaled that it would take part in a military operation against the Syrian government, even if it was outside of a United Nations mandate.
However, Nader Entessar, a professor of political science at the University of South Alabama, says the willingness by Turkey to be involved in a possible military strike against Syria would be the “riskiest” adventure by Ankara.
“Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan has engaged in many political gambles in his tenure, but this latest announcement is the riskiest one,” Entessar told the Mehr News Agency.
Entessar said, “The Turkish public has been against Ankara’s adventurism in Syria, but Erdogan is mortgaging his political future on overthrowing Bashar Assad. This is a dangerous and reckless policy that may very well undermine Erdogan’s legacy.”
“If Erdogan’s gamble backfires, it will certainly diminish his own chances of becoming a future president of Turkey,” the political scientist commented.
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Monday that Ankara would be willing to take part in a possible intervention to strike the Beshar al-Assad government if UN weapons inspectors proved that the regime was responsible for the chemical weapons attack.
“We always prefer to act together with the United Nations Security Council, and together with the international community, but if the UN Security Council doesn’t issue such resolution, options which are being debated today can come into question,” Davutoglu was quoted as saying. “Some 36-37 countries are debating these options. If a coalition against Syria evolves from this process, Turkey will take place in that coalition.”
Turkey, which shelters hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees and houses the main opposition Syrian National Coalition, has also repeatedly called for the establishment of a no-fly zone, or a safety zone, at the neighbor’s 565-mile border.