Strategy or simple overreaction?

Last week I’ve been working together with Havard Ferstad and Prem Shankar Jha on an interactive timeline for the Arab Spring – it starts with the self-immolation of Mohammed Bouazizi in Sidi Bouzid, Tunisia and has an open end, meaning it will be constantly updated. So far we have the very first layouts and the data set. The timeline will be an important part of our next we-magazine which is all about the Middle East.

While working on it some interesting “facts” came into light – I will publish them one after the other. Let’s start with this one here … Conclusions are completely up to you!

October 3, 2012: Mortar shell fired from Syrian territory lands on Akcakale, a village just inside Turkey. Turkey accuses Assad regime and engages in two rounds of retaliatory firing on a Syrian army post over several hours.
Here a few sources on the event: Jerusalem Post, CBC News, Canada, The Guardian.

October 4, 2012: Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan secures war making power from Turkish parliament for 12 months.
Hürriyet Daily News, BBC London, Moon of Alabama.

October 5, 2012: Turkish newspaper YURT reports that mortar shell was of a type fired only from NATO launcher supplied to Turkey.
Business Insider, None of the Western media caught up on the YURT report.

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