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    • 08.06.10 | 08:53 (IDT)

    It is hard to imagine the US so irresponsible as to add to its arsenal in Israel under present circumstances. It will be encouraging war between two of its most important allies. It must be remembered that Turkey is a founding member of the United Nations, the OECD, the OIC, the OSCE, the ECO, the BSEC, a founding member of the Council of Europe, and associate member of the EEC, the Western European Union. It has had longstanding relations with the USA and is a member of NATO which must come to the defense of its members if attacked. It is of great geostrategic importance to NATO and Europe because of its proximity to the Middle East, the Caucasus and the Balkans. It also has strong economic and political relations in Central Asia, providing the critically important Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil and gas pipeline from the Russian steppes to Europe. The Turkish Armed Forces is the second largest standing armed force in NATO, after the US Armed Forces, with a combined strength of 1,043,550 uniformed personnel serving in its five branches. It is presently spending $160 billion on the latest tanks, fighter jets, helicopters, submarines, warships and assault rifles. As a result, it is an important Level 3 contributor to the Joint Strike Fighter program. It is one of five NATO member states that are part of the nuclear sharing policy of the alliance, together with Belgium, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands. A total of 90 B61 nuclear bombs are hosted in Turkey, 40 of which are allocated for use by the Turkish Air force. It contributes military aid to several United Nations and NATO missions, including Afghanistan and Lebanon. And the world is watching. The US would lose the moral right to influence world affairs by adding to an already deplorable situation.

    from the article: Israel asked U.S. to increase weapons supply, Haaretz learns
    First published 01:53 08.06.10 | Last updated 01:53 08.06.10
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