Perry and Syrian no-fly zones.

I don’t like getting involved in intra-blog discussions like this, but I feel forced to point out to Hot Air that Governor Perry’s stated willingness to enforce a no-fly zone in Syria needs – needs – to be seen in light of the following facts:

  • There is a group called the “Free Syrian Army” (FSA) which is opposed to the Assad regime.  It is unclear how large the group is, but  it is reportedly growing – it is certainly going after more ambitious targets – and it is currently based out of southern Turkey.
  • The FSA has in fact requested that Turkey impose a no-fly zone.
  • Turkey enjoys, if that’s the right word (it’s not) poor relations with Syria, to the point where its prime minister is openly calling for Assad to step down.
  • It is thus reasonable to state that the FSA’s continued existence as a group is due to the Turkish government’s willingness to at least tolerate it; it is reasonable to speculate that the Turkish government may choose to openly support/use the FSA in the future.  Which means that it is not outside the realm of possibility that a no-fly zone may in fact be imposed by the Turks.
  • While Turkey probably has a large enough air force to do the job itself, it is still a member of NATO.

Which means that the question of a Syrian no-fly zone is not in fact coming out of left field; President Obama may need to make a decision on this in the relatively near future.  For that matter, Perry’s answer is in fact a fairly straightforward response to that question.  It may not be a response that everyone would like – I’m a little hesitant to endorse it myself, given that there’s more than a suggestion of an Islamist flavor to both the Syrian opposition and the current Turkish government itself these days – but in this case it’s an informed and consistent one.

Narratives are fun and useful, but sometimes they’re not all that accurate.

Moe Lane


  • Rob Crawford says:

    Saying the current Turkish government has an Islamist flavor is like saying water is a little damp. They turned the Hagia Sophia of Nicea back into a mosque after fifty years of it being a museum.
    Now, this isn’t the Hagia Sophia of Istanbul. But it’s the site where the Nicean Creed was established. It’s arguably as critical a site to the history of Christianity as the Vatican.

  • lourae says:

    Silly, don’t you know Christians are Imperialist conquerors? Not Islam, the Religion of Peace.

  • lourae says:

    Gov. Perry has a pointed (and long overdue) op-ed at the Washington Times, calling for Holder’s firing. Linked at Weakly (typo, and it stays) Standard.

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