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  •  At present, all that Turkey has (6+ / 0-)

    done with respect to NATO on this is invoke Article Four of the North Atlantic Treaty.  Article Four reads:

    The Parties will consult together whenever, in the opinion of any of them, the territorial integrity, political independence or security of any of the Parties is threatened.
    It is when (and if)  article Five is invoked that one can say that war is imminent.  Article Five reads:
    The Parties agree that an armed attack against one or more of them in Europe or North America shall be considered an attack against them all and consequently they agree that, if such an armed attack occurs, each of them, in exercise of the right of individual or collective self-defence recognised by Article 51 of the Charter of the United Nations, will assist the Party or Parties so attacked by taking forthwith, individually and in concert with the other Parties, such action as it deems necessary, including the use of armed force, to restore and maintain the security of the North Atlantic area.

    Any such armed attack and all measures taken as a result thereof shall immediately be reported to the Security Council. Such measures shall be terminated when the Security Council has taken the measures necessary to restore and maintain international peace and security.

    North Atlantic Treaty

    Article Five has only been invoked once in NATO's history -- following 9/11.

    Ultimately, the only thing that matters with respect to preserving choice is who will be nominating the next Supreme Court Justices.

    by Its the Supreme Court Stupid on Thu Oct 04, 2012 at 02:11:45 AM PDT

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