Syrian, Turkey blunt over plane incident
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, pictured here on June 3, 2012, lambasted the Turkish Prime Minister for interfering in Syrian internal politics.
July 4th, 2012
12:03 PM ET

Syrian, Turkey blunt over plane incident

Syria and Turkey leveled sharp criticism at one another Wednesday, a spurt of angry rhetoric in the aftermath of Syria's shootdown of a Turkish jet last month.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, speaking in an interview published in the Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet Wednesday, lambasted Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan for interfering in Syrian internal politics. And Turkey's foreign minister disputed some of al-Assad's assertions Tuesday about the downing of the jet.

Syria's shootdown of an F-4 Turkish Phantom jet intensified the growing animosity between the two countries, whose once-close relationship has eroded in the past 16 months over the al-Assad regime's fierce crackdown against opposition forces.

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  1. Greek American

    This sounds like it may become something very serious. Two crazy leaders of two crazy countries. Of course though, the US is butt buddies with Turkey. Maybe something like this will shift the focus to Turkey and other countries, instead of everyone looking at us to do something about Syria.

    On a lighter note, happy 4th to everyone!!!

    July 4, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Piers Morgan, Supervillain

      So Greek, is the US "buddies" with all our NATO allies or just Turkey? Did you know that Greece and Turkey became member states of NATO together, at the very same time? Just those two together, on Feb 18 1952. So that, combined with their proximity to each other, makes it seem that Greece and Turkey would be the more likely 'buddies'

      July 4, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Rascal Rabble

    isay...forgo the empty rhetoric...turkey just hurl a bunch of soles of shoes over the border...no one dies...but syria feelings are offended...let the measure of the crime determine the quanity of the shoe soles...i am certain turkish citizentry can use a cleaning out the closets...

    July 4, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  3. BOMBO ©

    Somebody is still flying F4's?

    July 4, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Frank

    People of the United States of America and the World.,
    Someone correct me if I am wrong but isn't Turkey part of NATO?
    So based on Syria attacking a NATO member aircraft, why don't we U.S./NATO start blowing Assad out of the water.
    I know why NATO won't ,but the Vietnam War was started in a similar way.Just a thought!

    July 4, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Piers Morgan, Supervillain

      Two reasons. Russia and China.
      Otherwise Turkey probably would have declared war and asked for NATO assistance already.

      July 4, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. HIDE BEHIND

    By time US made up being attacked by N. Vietnam US ground forces wete alreadykilling tje little yellow man in the south; not being satisfied with that we needed an. excuse gor an escslation to kill the little yellow men and women in the north.
    Its that old folksy saying of "one good thing leads to another"; just our american military version is all.
    #1 reason NATO. not gung ho is The UAE; europe is stillbery much in ned of those nations energy supplies, and the Saudis have been waiting to use all their hardware to insure that no "secular" government gets installed in ME.
    Damascus is the site of the 4th most important Wahhabist religions centers or for that matte both Shia and Sunis'.
    NATO still has not settled a Libyan go ernmrnt as of yet and their internal squabblings caused bt France leaving NATO fractured at this point
    Lots of behind the scenes goimg on,that in U S we ne rr learn about from media, as they andwe hide behin our redwhite andblue blinders.

    July 4, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Piers Morgan, Supervillain

      HB as usual your History is as good as your grammar. Terrible at best. Incoherent and completely ridiculous are more appropriate descriptions.

      July 4, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. HIDE BEHIND

    History, first advisory force of U S in RVN 1959.
    RECENT GOVRRMENT RECORDS OF GULF OF TONKIN PROVE FALSE FLAG OPERATION AND NO NVA ATTACK,TONKIN :INCIDENT FOA PAPERS.
    May militia forces occupy Libyas NATO appointed prime ministers office.
    June largest of Libyas new militia group. there are at leadt a doxrn, occupy airpory and NATO led new Lybian military retakes airport after heaby fighting which includes tanks and other armor.
    Many militia leaders during rebellion have. en jailed simce that time by NATO led temporary appointed Libyan leaders. Elections promised for april then may and june the. july still up in air for fear of renewed violence.
    France purging any and all those who supported Gadafis Pan Afrivan Foreign Legion that batyled French attempts to take over rulerdhip of Chad,Niger. Mali and even tho Libya lost it ended any real French and their Belgian allies of a Trans Sahara Pipeline from central african and both cpngo nations along with what they tjought was in their pockets UgandaOnce major Frenc and Belgian speaking with their francs pradominstr today noe English with U S currency their exchange.
    Fingers fat but info all backed by written revords.
    Not only theit but my petsonal contacts with civilian and militsry men in past thst erre there in Nam And some withUN missions of recent padt and opd from Ft. Lewis/ McChord military contacts.
    Relatives and family mrmbers mapped Mekong river from sea to triangle in 1959 and 1961 the DMC LINE.

    July 4, 2012 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. HIDE BEHIND

    1961 Dong Ha chosen as furthest northern RVN base just south of DMC, same time What later became Camp LBJ Phan Thiet chosen as msjor Army and Air Force Center

    Camron bay due to its natural and expasive harbor chosen as Naval, Marine ., spec forces central jumping off points.
    Same time CIA and US diplomats trying to get Cambodia and Royal Laotian Forces to let US military on lands.
    Cambodia and Laos both refuse outright forces and soon after find themsrlves fihhting not just communist but nationalist some supported by US covert groups,Air America contractors,air vietnam and renewed Flying Tiger group..
    Not too flatering a picture of US lies and am not pasding judgement on rigjt or wrong because Iam interested does not mean I gi e a care of patriotism, who lives or dies, all just a
    game, one part of that I survived.

    July 4, 2012 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mary

    Beej, you oughta sit back sometime and listen to the war. It sounds as bad as it looks. - Hawkeye

    July 4, 2012 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mary

    Frank: "Funny thing, war – Never have so many suffered so much, so, so few could be so happy!!"
    Margaret: "We're lucky to be two of the few and not the many."
    Frank: "I know, darling, and I love being both of us."

    July 4, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mary

    Margaret: They love you, Frank.
    Frank: It was their hatred that fooled me.

    July 4, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mary

    Frank: The man is not normal!
    Hawkeye: What's normal, Frank?
    Frank: Normal is everybody doing the same thing.
    Trapper: What about individuality?
    Frank: Well, individuality is fine–as long as we all do it together.

    July 4, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mary

    Klinger: [reading an alleged letter from home] "Dear Son–"
    Henry: You obviously haven't sent her a recent picture.

    July 4, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mary

    Frank: I don't care what Captain McIntyre said, I have never cared, and at this point I don't care twice as much as I never cared before!

    July 4, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. bobcat(in a hat) ©©

    @Mary:
    What joke can I pleasure you with tonight? I want you to feel cheerful my friend.

    July 4, 2012 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      Anyone your little heart desires, but make it quick, I'm in trouble as it is... It's past my bedtime ... 😉

      July 4, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  15. BOMBO ©

    If that's really Mary. I didn't know she was a MASH fan.

    Frank Burns eats worms.

    July 4, 2012 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      I was going to post that one. lol 🙂
      I was among the millions that watched from begining to end.

      July 4, 2012 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat(in a hat) ©©

      BOMBO ©:
      Thank you for that my friend, I will find a very special joke for our Mary.

      July 4, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
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