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Memo to Turkey: The Price of Indecisiveness is Unmeasurable

Earlier today, as reported by Reuters, Turkish officials angrily condemned escalating violence between Kurds, Islamist militants and Turkish security forces within Turkey that has killed some 31 people in two days of unrest. That Turkey has not lifted a single rifle in defense or in protection of the Kurdish Syrian Turkish border town of Kobani,  is the source of the unrest. Yet, Turkey remains indecisive as to what actions to take in defense of their cross-border Kurdish brothers in Kobani. And Kurdish Turks are livid of the indecision, so they are protesting in southeast Turkey to prompt action against the ISIL from Turkish forces, sitting  idled in tanks overlooking and witnessing the siege of Kobani by the ISIL. Moreover, adding to injury, sympathizers of the ISIL have also entered the fray within Turkey, and they have clashed with Kurdish Turks resulting in most of the deaths in the unrest.

Each and every passing hour Turkey sits undecided as to whether or not its ground forces should intervene in defense of Kobani, the price of its indecisiveness increases. And should Turkey not decide in the next 48-hours to intervene to prevent the massacre of potentially hundreds of Kurds in Kobani, the cost of Turkish indecisiveness would be unmeasurable as old wounds of a fading era of passionate resistance and self determination are resurrected and re-opened.

Henceforth, Turkey should now decide on a course of action in support of the International Coalition. To await an explicit map to Damascus, the source of most of the instability, would be ludicrous. As a NATO member, Turkey has the full backing of the organization, but Turkey must act forthwith before an external campaign turns into an internal upheaval rendering Turkey impotent to attaining its position as a formidable regional power.