The Middle East conflict between Russia and Turkey being played out in Syria has a real possibility of escalating to world-shaking proportions. Business Insider states, “For most close observers, it has long seemed only a matter of time before the long, bloody proxy war between Turkey and Russia for regional predominance in the Middle East would break out into full-scale direct hostilities.” Of course, “close observers” are experts, and experts have had a poor prognostication record in the Middle East. But a major conflict cannot be ruled out.
Turkey became a full member of NATO in 1952. Article 5 of the NATO treaty states that an attack on one member of NATO is an attack on all members. The United States would be obligated to enter a Russian-Turkish conflict according to this treaty. But NATO will not enter a Third World War to save Turkey. When Russian-backed Syrian forces attacked a Turkish military outpost, killing more than 30 Turkish soldiers, Business Insider described NATO’s response as utterly impotent. […]
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