This latest news sees the further escalation of tensions following Turkey’s shelling of Kurdish forces in Syria over the last few days, leading to further fears that we may be veering into a world war.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev stated that the world was “sliding into a new period of Cold War”, singling out Saudi Arabia’s recent move as deeply provocative.
“A ground operation draws everyone taking part in it into a war,” he told Germany’s Handelsblatt newspaper. “The Americans and our Arab partners must consider whether or nor they want a permanent war.”
Despite these serious escalations, the United States has remained relatively quiet, and at this point appears unwilling to reign in the recent Turkish and Saudi Arabian aggression.
I fear the Russian Prime Minister is right. A ground invasion will almost certainly draw everyone into a greatly intensified conflict. And unless Turkish and Saudi Arabian intervention ceases, that is exactly where we will end up.