Turkey was in the news every hour for about a week and then something new took over the headlines……but Turkey is still doing its best to destroy NATO of which they are a member.
Seems to me that Turkey is trying to revive the Ottoman experience…..a subject that I wrote my observations about a couple of years ago……https://lobotero.com/2016/10/17/return-of-the-ottomans/
My intel tells me of a plan by Turkey to attack Armenia…..
Turkey planned a military operation against Armenia code-named ALTAY, according to a secret memo that reported missing pages from classified documents which detailed action plan.
The internal memo, submitted to the General Staff and a copy of which was obtained by Nordic Monitor, stated that the plan was still valid.
According to the memo, dated May 23, 2016 and presented to the General Staff by the Directorate of Operations, some of the pages that included air strike operations against Armenia called OĞUZTÜRK Hava Harekât Planı (OĞUZTÜRK Air Operation Plan) had gone missing. The discovery was made during a review of the plans at the Controlled Documents Bureau by the 4th Main Jet Base Command at Ankara’s Akıncı Air Base. A legal investigation was launched into the incident.
I made a bold statement that Turkey was out to dismantle NATO…..they would ignore Article 5 of the NATO charter…..by their stand on the Baltics….
Since their invasion of Syria, Turkey has been something of an outlier within NATO. Some nations are openly criticizing them for the attack, and some suggesting expelling Turkey from NATO outright, though no mechanism exists for doing that.
During this week’s meeting, Turkey’s President Erdogan looked to create a major potential obstacle to one major focus, the NATO military buildup in the Baltic States to “defend” against Russia. Erdogan threatened to block this plan entirely if the alliance doesn’t announce that they view the Syrian Kurds’ YPG as terrorists.
Erdogan insists he wants NATO’s help in fighting the Kurds, and has threatened to object to everything NATO does at the summit if they don’t agree to focus on the terrorists. This demand is almost certainly a non-starter, but if Erdogan follows through, it precludes any unanimous votes.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg appeared dismissive of the whole matter, saying that NATO’s entire alliance will respond militarily to any attacks of the Baltic countries.
DMs from Estonia and Lithuania, two of the Baltic states, were even more dismissive, calling the Turkish position a “second-tier problem” that will be easy to sort out.
Now in my mind this is where NATO will fall apart…..if one member is attacked will the rest come to the rescue?
I think NOT!
Armenia is not a NATO member but it is a cooperating partner to several initiatives…..does that give Armenia protection from attack by a NATO member?
I brought up Article 5 of the NATO Charter….so explain please…..
Article 5 is at the basis of a fundamental principle of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It provides that if a NATO Ally is the victim of an armed attack, each and every other member of the Alliance will consider this act of violence as an armed attack against all members and will take the actions it deems necessary to assist the Ally attacked.
This is the principle of collective defense.
Granted it originally was intended for protection from the USSR…..is it still viable today?
So many questions and in this world of chaos will the NATO Charter be tested?
I say it is only a matter of time…..for the original charter is obsolete in this new world we are creating.
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