Monday, June 25, 2012

Turkey to push NATO to consider attack

"Turkey will push NATO to consider the jet's downing under Article 5 in a key alliance treaty. Article 5 states that an attack against one NATO member shall be considered an attack against all members." Fox News

Fox News is reporting that Turkey will push for NATO to consider the shoot down of their het as an attack against the alliance.  It is unlikely that the US or European members of NATO will approve this action.  It is further unlikely that the UN or Arab League will support such a resolution.  However, it does beg the question of what would constitute an attack on NATO or would there be such a weak reply if the attack had been on a European or American fighter?

1 comment:

GBucello said...

It was my understanding that Turkey had no plans to invoke Article V with respect to the downing of their F-4, though you are certainly right that, if they did, it would likely be rejected by the United States, the United Kingdom, France, etc.

Still, what the UN and Arab League have to say about it are next to irrelevant. The whole point about operating under NATO is that no other non-NATO country (Russia, China, and so forth) can do more than protest. If NATO determined that one of its members was attacked, that warrants a response under Article V, and is not a UN or Arab League issue.