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Prepare for war if you wish for peace, Prime Minister Erdoğan says amid the ongoing
tension between Turkey and Syria after the latter’s shelling killed five in the former. DAILY NEWS photo, Emrah GÜREL

Prepare for war if you wish for peace, Prime Minister Erdoğan says amid the ongoing tension between Turkey and Syria after the latter’s shelling killed five in the former. DAILY NEWS photo, Emrah GÜREL

Turkey is not seeking a war, but must be prepared for war if it wants peace since it is not far away from a conflict, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Oct. 5 following a killer shelling from Syria hit the country.

“We are not war-lovers, but we are not far from war either,” Erdoğan said, speaking at an event in Istanbul. “The saying goes: ‘prepare for war if you wish for peace.’ So war becomes the key for peace.”
The Turkish Parliament voted in favor of a motion which gave green light to the government to stage cross-border raids on Syria after the Oct. 3 shelling from there killed five Turkish citizens. “I am calling once more on the al-Assad regime and its supporters: Don’t dare to test Turkey’s patience,” Erdoğan said, adding that testing Turkey’s capacity for deterrence would be “a fatal mistake.”

“We are not bluffing and we will follow this incident closely. God willing, the Syrian people would soon be saved from this cruelty and governed by an administration that guarantees the rights of all parties.”
The Turkish government has signaled it intends to use the parliamentary mandate as a trump card to deter the Syrian regime.

“Turkey is not a country eager for war, or which wants war. We are always for peace. This should not be considered a motion of war. Turkey is at the same time a great country capable of protecting its own rights, the rights of its own citizens and its borders,” Deputy Prime Minister Beşir Atalay said. “This motion is an instrument and an opportunity in regards to both deterrence and being prepared for probable developments.”

Speaking to reporters in Malatya on Oct. 5, Parliament Speaker Cemil Çiçek touched on objections that have been raised to Parliament’s approval of the government’s motion. “God willing, there will be no need to fulfill the requirements of that motion. The Syrian administration and its supporters are already a powder keg,” Çiçek was quoted as saying by Anatolia news agency. “Turkey’s deterrent power has been put forth. There was a need for this,” Mehmet Şandır, the deputy chair of the Nationalist Movement Party’s (MHP) parliamentary group, which supported the motion, said in Ankara. If the motion had been passed only with votes from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), its message would be weak, Şandır said.


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A Shmolik

10/7/2012 5:10:35 PM

@Arnold Yesovich, Dear Sir, The fair country of Israel has one unplakable enemy, one of the worst kind! The worst enemy of Israel is Israel itself!

A Shmolik

10/7/2012 5:02:32 PM

Mark Tak, Sir there is no Pravda in Pravda, so take it with a grain of Salt, as for that fello Yesovich, talkng about someones brain, he should jhave his own brain examined, what is he talking about?

ilker avni

10/7/2012 4:33:47 PM

@ mark Tak I am not advocating war,your frend Assad is provokeing a war before he leaves for Siberia where his chum Putin has made ready three hundred apartments for his family according to the latest defector on Al Jazeera.He has ordered fireing across the border, he wants to drag Turkey into a sectarian war before he leaves for Russia. Thats your frend Assad for you,he wants more bloodshed,he allso wants gurantees that he wont face war crimes,the end game is near.Gone by Xmas.

Mark Tak

10/7/2012 1:48:27 PM

The Austrian newspaper Die Presse said that Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia are responsible for the escalation of violence in Syria as they are supporting the terrorists and providing them with weapons and shelter.

Mark Tak

10/7/2012 1:13:43 PM

I am sorry Ilker Avni, I am very well aware of Muslim religion, and I know Turks, Turks will only fight if their country is attacked, Muslim brothers? really where was Turkey when Muslim brothers were been attacked In Iraq, or else where, this is a war for US and Israel and western aggrestion ,and using Turkey to attack and I like to know what is your backround? Avni? last name meaning wht Mr. dont come here and advocate war and try to intice Turks to figth, you like to figth go do it in Syria

ilker avni

10/7/2012 12:36:48 PM

@Mark tak You know nothing about Islam, Its the duty of all Muslims to go to the aid of other Muslims who seek help,its a sin if we ignore they cry for help,from a tyrant who slaughters his people,then calls them terroists.Thousands of Muslims will rush to they aid quiet rightly.Turkey stands alone and is the voice of the voiceless and is eager to go to they defence,unlike the cowards of Nato,Nato Hipocracy who waged wars against weapons of mass destruction,and yet ignores Syria with chemicals w

Adin Aronson

10/7/2012 12:31:45 PM

Interesting that Erdoğan has been condemning Israel non stop for years for shooting back at Gaza after Gaza has fires thousands of rockets into Israel. And yet, after just a few mortars, Erdoğan attacks Syria and is prepared to go to war. I guess Israel just doesn't have a right to defend herself.

ilker avni

10/7/2012 12:09:08 PM

@Nikos T, Not for the first time Turkey stands alone.Turkey is capable of takeing care of Syria,just like we did against the Greeks we will teach Assad a lesson.Many of his army is abandoning him why you might ask? maybe its because they dont fancy a battle with Turkish soldiers.When the talking stops,thats when the battle will begin..

Mark Tak

10/7/2012 11:30:08 AM

North of Aleppo, on Saturday, waves of terrorists came into Syrian territory from Turkey and most were exterminated, including Turkish nationals among the terrorist hordes. Such is the behaviour of NATO and its minions today. Strange, when they get what they deserve, they run screaming like the cowards they are. Pravda reporting

Mark Tak

10/7/2012 10:33:09 AM

He is insane, why is he figting for Israel? did he loose his mind?Turks should protest this war
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