When Syria downed a Turkish jet last Friday, who came out in support of Turkey? That club of democracies called NATO. The Syrians' cry for freedom demands a strong response by nations already free.
Syrian forces shot down a Turkish reconnaissance jet over international waters last Friday – and then shot at a second plane searching for the first one. It was a startling escalation of what has mostly been an internal conflict in Syria sparked 16 months ago by peaceful pro-democracy protests.
So how did Turkey, a democracy ruled by an Islamic party, respond to this provocative act?
It was NATO – that club of democracies, formally called the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Its secretary-general, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, called Syria’s action “unacceptable.” All of NATO joined in saying the episode was “another example of the Syrian authorities’ disregard for international norms, peace and security, and human life.”