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Corriere della Sera - Italy | Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Force Ankara to intervene

The anti-terror coalition must persuade Ankara to join the fight against the IS, philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy urges in the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera: "Kobane will fall, a victim of the cynical reckoning of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who, by refusing to act and leaving his powerful army stationed along the border with Syria, just a few kilometers from the already martyred city, seems to have chosen the Islamic State over the Kurds. ... Erdoğan, whose judgment has been clouded by his obsessional fear of seeing an embryonic Kurdish state created just outside his borders, must be reminded - once again - that the IS is no less his enemy and that it is for Turkey that the bell tolls in Kobane. ... But we have to go even further and tell Erdogan, formally or informally, that the battle against the IS is the moment of truth, the now or never, for the alliances. ... If Turkey stands down a third time [as it did in 1991 and 2003 in Iraq] if Kobane becomes the name of yet another Turkish default, this one inexcusable - its future in Nato is in doubt."

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