Re: Is Turkey Big Enough to Matter?
Look at the map!
Turkey with population of close to 100 million has second biggest army in NATO.
But the real issue probably is refugees & ERDOGAN!
Turkey is been paid to hold back refugees from M.E. trying to get up through Balkans to Europe. Latest through Belarus & in to Poland.
( Maybe worth remembering that when Western Roman Empire collapsed under pressure of refugees from the East, Islam swept across North Africa & up through Spain into France as also up through the Balkans & to Vienna. And for several hundred years were the dominant force as Europe descended it what has been called the Dark ages )
BUT now there are additional 23 million Afghans facing into winter & disastrous situation.
Will Iran let them flow through Iran & Erdogan move them along into Europe to put pressure for financial relief.
Then there is Russia eyeing a festering wound over Ukraine/Crimea & now Moldovia a problem with gas as Washington again
emphasises sanctions against Nordstream 2.
Russia, Turkey, The Balkans & access through the Bosporus has ALWAYS been a flash point for hostilities.
Of course Turkey matters. Nuclear & air supremacy is all fine & good BUT what good is that when the other guy has even more.
Europe is staggering again. Look at dollar/euro and ask why?
WHO predicting Europe will have 2.2 million deaths from virus by Spring. By the way China again down to single numbers & only a handful of deaths from the beginning. Neat trick that BUT current restrictions on free speech & deference to Doom & his efforts to keep a modicum of manners obliges.
What also must be of concern is the similarity of the issue for China/Russia of Taiwan/Crimea.
Very dangerous times as also issue of Iran/Israel unresolved.