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when the regime solders were starting to defect (FSA), we may have been able to work out something with them for a transition gov't. But now we have other parties in there like Al Qaeda and others. I don't blame them for accepting some help as they are out gunned and out manned. Now it's too late and a big mess....and still over 20,000 dead and still dying.
There actually at least two mortar rounds that landed, one that killed 5. This was not the first incident along their shared border. When Syrian forces shot across the border last spring and killed two Syrian refugees in Turkish camps, Turkey threatened retaliatory action but did nothing. When the Turkish F-4 reconnaissance plane was downed this summer, Turkey moved tanks and artillery to the border but ultimately stood down. This time, however, Turkish civilians died, and no government can afford to sit idly by when its citizens are targeted and killed by a hostile foreign government. IMHO, the U.S., western alliances blew a chance in preventing what we are seeing now early on, when innocent demonstrators were being murdered en masse and
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