by Upstate NY
Tue May 23rd, 2006 at 09:58:18 AM EST
Turkish and Greek fighter jets collide.
This event will catalyze very negative forces in both countries, and it will have the potential to derail support for Turkey's EU accession in Greece. It is mostly negative for the Greek side for two reasons. Turkey has been advocating "dialogue" over issues concerning control of Aegean islands. Greece has simply been advocating legal recourse (i.e. take your boundary disputes to a world court, EU court, etc.). Ever since the two countries almost went to war in 1996 over a small island, this has been the prevailing thinking on the issue. This crash MAY have thrust that thinking forward a bit.
In both countries, politicians will be forced to deal with Turkey's land claims on the Aegean.