Turkish intellectual Ali Bulac
A prominent Turkish intellectual has called on the Ankara government to avoid cooperating with the West against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
In an interview with the Turkish newspaper Dogru Haber, Ali Bulac also criticized the policies of the government of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan regarding the Middle East region, in particular the ongoing unrest in Syria.
He said that Syria’s crisis should be resolved according to the national interests of the Muslim nation.
Bulac said that his country should revise its foreign policy and keep away from the West in a bid to help resolve the Syrian crisis in a peaceful way.
The US is trying to push the armies of the two Muslim countries into a war by luring the Turkish government.
On Tuesday, Turkey deployed a large number of tanks and other armored vehicles to the Syrian border amid rising tensions with Damascus over the downing of a Turkish jet fighter by the Syrian army.
The move comes after Turkish Prime Minster Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to retaliate against Damascus over the downing of its jet.
Syria on Friday said that a Turkish F-4 Phantom fighter plane, was downed in the Syrian territorial waters west of the village of Om al-Tuyour in Lattakia Province, 10 kilometers from the beach.
The Syrian military stressed that it had engaged the jet in the Syrian airspace “according to the laws that govern such situations.”
Turkey, however, claims that its fighter jet was shot down in "international airspace."
Syria has been experiencing unrest since mid-March 2011. While the West and the Syrian opposition accuse the government of killing protesters, Damascus blames ''outlaws, saboteurs and armed terrorist groups'' for the unrest, insisting that it is being orchestrated from abroad.