Turkey’s rash action in shooting down a Russian plane that apparently violated Turkish airspace for no more than 17 seconds is only the latest incident that should set off alarm bells in other NATO capitals.
Ankara’s reckless belligerence was exceeded only by its hypocrisy. Turkish planes violated the airspace of Greecemore than 2,000 times in 2014 alone, and 2014 was a typical year for such incidents.
Greek officials have long complained that their country must devote a considerable portion of its defense budget to intercept aircraft engaging in such violations. Fortunately, though, Athens has never emulated Turkey’s standard and blasted offending aircraft out of the sky.