POLITICS > Prepare for war if you want to have peace, says Turkish PM


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Turkey should be prepared for war if it wants to have peace, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said today during a speech in Istanbul.

"We are not war-lovers, but we are not far from war either," Erdoğan said. "The saying goes: 'prepare for war if you wish for peace.' So, war becomes the key for peace."

"They ask whether their kids will go to war? If need be, we, including myself, will all go all the way there," Erdoğan said.

"What peace?" Erdoğan shouted. "What peace?"

Regarding the vacation Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had previously taken in Bodrum on Erdoğan's personal invitation, and the close relationship that used to exist between the two, Erdoğan said there was nothing strange about it.

"If we are at peace, I will host leaders," Erdoğan said.


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Mark Tak

10/6/2012 3:44:13 PM

WHO is war? yours Erdogan? why would the Turks want a war with Syria? you created this by aloowing bunch of arm terrorist to take up arms inside Turkey with help of CIA and now you blame to victim for your illness, Turks will never forgive you if you get their kids killed in a war of nonsense, are you Turkish PM or Israel's PM or who are you?Syria never thrathen Turkey never was an enemy of Turkey, you created alots of enemies for Turkey budy

is mo

10/6/2012 10:01:08 AM

well said @Blue Dotterel whatever happens in the world turns in favour of jews in the end and all sides of games are just actors of jews

chineseguy baozi

10/6/2012 12:08:32 AM

Syria has enough chemical weapons to turn Turkey into a graveyard

ilker avni

10/5/2012 11:48:30 PM

@ Sid Marks I couldnt have agreed more.I said a year ago Turkey was makeing a big mistake agreeing to the Nato radar shield to protect Israel.Turkey should have left Nato and joined the Islamic world,instead it followed the Americans,Now its lost two big trading partners.Instead Turkey faces them as hostile enemies.Iran is out to make Turkey pay for its treachery as they see it when they installed the shield.By arming its Shia brothers against Turkey,while Israel and America watches.


10/5/2012 10:28:27 PM

"They ask whether their kids will go to war? If need be, we, including myself, will all go all the way there," Erdoğan said". Ha ha ha ha ha! And the moon is made of cheese!

Joshua Bronxman

10/5/2012 9:58:03 PM

A that quote attributed to Leon Trotsky could be applicable to Turkey given the situation on the border with Syria: “You may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you.”

mara mcglothin

10/5/2012 9:45:39 PM

Speak softly, BUT carry a big stick!!!! Now if the esteemed PM could get the first part right. I just can't figure out how this figures in with "Peace at home, Peace in the World" and....wait for it.....Zero Problems with Neighbors. hmmmmm? IF war preparation involved restoring the generals to their rightful places then I am all for it. Let the preparations begin.

Aleka Akar

10/5/2012 9:21:50 PM

I absolutely agree with @Recep Ozel. I couldn't have said it better myself. As for freedom and peace, only come with diplomacy and political strategies. Let me use an example familiar to Turks: we Greeks got our freedom from the Ottoman Empire not only because we fought and died for it...no. Also because Europe decided to use as as a shiled against the growing strength of the Ottoman Turks, they were a threat to them too so all of a sudden they remembered to help us get our freedom after 400 y

Nuri Gotham

10/5/2012 8:59:11 PM

The presence not western but eastern sunni guests, including Mr.Barzani, at AKP congress, the parliamentary approval of cross border military operations, following sudden mortar attacks from Syria and the PM's war rhetoric indicates that Turkey will initiate a military operation in dominantly Kurdish occupied Syrian territory.

Halit Nofal

10/5/2012 8:23:54 PM

Amen for that @Don Huntington .... @Recep Ozel very poor example you can't compare Turkey to South Africa , Mandela was fighting for his right in his country .... @Johanna Dew, Syria is a Muslim country if you don't know ! so next time try something else that make more sense to discredit Mr.Erdoğan Aren't we always ready for war ? isn't that why we have army ? how about lets dissolve the Army to make some of you happy
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