November 18, 2014

Former Top NATO Official General Harald Kujat: Turkey Wants To Drag NATO Into Syria

"General Harald Kujat (born 1 March 1942) is a retired German general officer of the Luftwaffe. He served as Chief of Staff of the German armed forces, the Bundeswehr, from 2000 to 2002, and as Chairman of the NATO Military Committee from 2002 to 2005" (Wikipedia).

"Turkey basically wants to drag NATO into this situation because the actual goal of Turkey is to neutralize Assad. And if a war broke out in Syria, then Turkey would of course take the opportunity. But alone it's too weak for that. That's the situation we are currently in. And therefore ISIS's actions and what's happening to the Kurds are subsidiary. It isn't in accordance with Turkey's geostrategic goals.

And it has to be clearly said that an ally who behaves like this doesn't deserve the protection of this alliance, an ally who doesn't intervene for protection in a such tragic situation doesn't deserve protection himself. And that's why I am very skeptical towards the mutual defense clause. Even if Turkey would provoke it, I doubt that NATO would be willing to declare the mutual defense clause in such a situation." - General Harald Kujat.  

Turkey wants to drag NATO into Syria. Source: MiddlEast Videos. Date Published: November 18, 2014.