Tense times in Turkey, I tell ya what.
So 1. Turkey’s quickly losing traction, diplomatically, by being one of two countries I think but cannot confirm in the entire world to back the Muslim Brotherhood. (Ecuador being the other that I know of.) And of course, Europe’s still tsk tsking over Gezi Park, which leaves Erdoğan as the dude who’s still shouting that he’s right after everyone’s already vacated the room.
2. There are 4 confirmed American battleships in formation to bomb the shit out of Syria. Apparently to teach Assad a lesson. Have the consequences and all the possible escalation scenarios been played out and are there solutions? No info that I can find on Twitter.
3. Turkey seems to be, puzzlingly, pro-revolution. Iran and Iraq aren’t, and are promising retaliation against Israel (????!!!!!) if Syria is shelled.
4. The news is in hysterics. Agent L spent far too much time on twitter today for her own mental health, She knows that in Istanbul she’ll be safe, for a while, if WW3 does break out, but the specter of an Israeli/Iranian war was making her think about a thing or two.
5. Agent L happens to have a friend who has the remarkable facility of always being wrong. This friend knows nothing about the blog, btw, so friends- don’t get paranoid. But this friend is basically our own personal Delphi. She says right, you know it’s left. She likes your boyfriend, you know he’s cheating on you. She’s concerned- you know it’s okay. She’s unconcerned, you know you’re in deep shit. Seriously, 15 years, the oracle has never been wrong. She was unconcerned.
However, voice of reason prevails.
1. Naval contacts, (I still do have one or two) assure me that 4 is a very reasonable number of battleships to have at any given time in the Med. There are also, apparently, one or two nuclear submarines we know nothing about floating around in these waters. Have fun on your next islands trip, guys!
2. Even though Turkey is being run by a complete madman, it cannot act alone, and Obama has tied himself to Congress, which we all know dithers quite a lot, and England apparently follows our lead now so… if America doesn’t act, (probly won’t?) Turkey won’t act (one hopes) and since Turkey is actually within shelling range, (unlike America) Turkey probably won’t be shelled to shit, just keep experiencing the same random bullets/grenades that sneak across the border as it has been doing. Since that mainly affects the Kurdish population, who cares, right?
It will probably be okay, kids.
For my new followers, next post is definitely about vacation madness, sorry to be a downer.