|The Ottoman Empire in 1914|
|The Assassination Of Archduke Franz Ferdinand|
The attack by Turkey on Iraqi Kurdistan, and the increased attacks on the PKK inside Turkey, also illustrate the potential sparks that could lead not just to a shooting war between Turkish and Syrian forces, but could spark a regional war, and possibly one that could spread way beyond regional borders. The Civil War in Syria, has increasingly divided along religious lines, and spread into Lebanon. Turkey, alongside the feudal, Monarchical, regimes in the Sunni Gulf States, have been sending in troops, special forces, money, and the latest weapons into Syria for some time. That has sometimes even come into conflict with some of those Syrians who had their own reasons for opposing Assad's regime. Some of these external forces have clearly been responsible also for some of the massacres that have occurred, such as the Houla Massacre, which was blamed on forces supporting Assad, but which its been shown were actually committed AGAINST supporters of Assad.
|On a proportional basis more people have been killed by|
the Bahraini regime, supported by Saudi Arabia & the West
than have died in Syria.
Most dangerously, however, with increasing tension in Turkey over the increasing islamisation of the country being carried out by the Government, any war against Syria that is seen as part of a sectarian civil war, is likely to result in the eruption of fighting in Turkey itself between Christians and Muslims, which then threatens to result in the historic tensions between Christian Greece, and largely Muslim Turkey to erupt. That brings such a war not just into the sectarian bear pit that has always existed in the Balkans, igniting renewed fighting in Kosovo, Bosnia etc., but also then threatens to draw in Albania on the side of the Muslims, and Italy on the side of Christians.
There is no shortage of Nationalist and fascist demagogues that have crawled out of the woodwork over the last few years, as a consequence of the economic crisis who would have no qualms about fanning the flames of war to pursue their own political interests. And some of them are located within the European centre, as well as in its periphery.