Rich Galen

"Additional security forces from different parts of Turkey to keep the peace as groups of young men roamed the town's main thoroughfare looking for Syrians that hadn't fled the town."

Every political leader on the planet is looking for events that might cause the Syrian civil war to spread.

The WSJ piece points out that

Turkey, which shares a 565-mile border with Syria, has been a crucial supporter of the Syrian rebel cause and Ankara has allowed its territory to be used as a logistics base and staging center for Syrian insurgents.

If the Turks did not appear to be protecting the Syrian refugees, then Iran might have used that as an excuse to help its ally Syria by sending forces to the Syrian side of the border to protect them.

Turkey might then have to send military forces to its side of the border to ensure the Iranians didn't venture across.

Other countries might begin to choose sides and sooner or later someone would shoot someone else.

Two words: Archduke Ferdinand.

Trip Report Our visit to Malawi with the ONE Campaign is proceeding well. Our initial meetings have been with people who are working to get local input into that the next set of goals should be for international groups like the Millennium Fund.

They are reaching out to people here and elsewhere on the Continent and asking people to become involved using text messages with their suggestions. The texts are free to the subscriber and in a few weeks they have gotten some 22,000 responses here.

Small steps along a long and difficult path.

On the Secret Decoder Ring page today: The Wikipedia entry for Monkey Bay, an article about that Man U issue and to the Wall Street Journal article.

Also a GREAT Mothers' Day Mullfoto.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at