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As reported Monday, Turkey called for, and was granted, an emergency meeting of the North Atlantic Council, the body that oversees the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Turkey is a member of the trans-Atlantic alliance, which commits every member to respond militarily if any other member is attacked within the regions deemed to be under NATO’s mandate. Mainly, North America, the Atlantic and Mediterranean, and the home soil of the countries in Europe. Last Friday’s attack by Syria on a Turkish jet on a reconnaissance mission over the Mediterranean, and a second attack that saw a Turkish patrol search-and-rescue plane fired on (but not brought down), could very well  have constituted such an attack, mandating a collective NATO response.

Fortunately for NATO, the Turks had the good grace to not try and make their increasingly testy spat with their neighbour a matter of collective security, which would have compelled a…

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