Syria: All eyes on Obama; Turkey looks east

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The big news of the week was Syria.

President Obama and his cabinet members have consistently said the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian conflict constitute a red line. The implication by the United States and some European nations is that crossing the red line would invite international military action in Syria, where more than 70,000 have already died by “conventional” bullets and bombs and such.

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Turkey (red) and Syria (blue) (Credit: Wikipedia)

Last week, Israel first announced that there was proof of chemical weapons use. The announcement kinda fell with a thud. Then within two days, Obama officials began saying that there was proof and that it would mean things would change, at the same time saying that more proof was needed before any military action could be truly considered.

The analysts’ consensus is that Obama has the invasion of Iraq in the back of his mind and doesn’t want to repeat what is seen by many as President Bush’s big mistake.

The red flag in this who scenario is the Obama administration back pedaling on what had been strong language for Syria. Some will see this as an unwillingness to follow through on promises. I agree with those who view this as a follow-through test of Obama’s strong language in defense of Israel and in chastising Iran on its nuclear program.

The hidden gem, if you will, of headlines this week is the Reuters one that leads the Paper.li collection below:

Turkey becomes partner of China, Russia-led security bloc

Turkey had been looking west toward European Union membership. As the linked story says, Turkey accuses the EU “being unfair” while completing the application process.

 “This is really a historic day for us,” Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said in Kazakhstan’s commercial capital Almaty after signing a memorandum of understanding with Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Secretary General Dmitry Mezentsev.

“Now, with this choice, Turkey is declaring that our destiny is the same as the destiny of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) countries.”

Right now, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization includes China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, tajikistan and Uzbekistan, according to Wikipedia. Afghanistan, India, Iran, Mongolia and Pakistan are observer states.  So Turkey is most definitely looking east.

Paper.li works a little like a newspaper. It categorizes the news into topics and is interactive. Click a topic on the right-hand column to “flip the page” and see another set of headlines. #Church includes headlines about persecution of the brothers. #Israel as all stories about “the apple of God’s eye.” #Matthew24 highlight end-time birth pangs detailed by Jesus.

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[Editor’s Note: Click the screen capture to read headlines from this week.]

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