This is so sad. Lord, have mercy. St. John of Damascus pray for us.
This ethnic cleansing of Christians has been going on for over a century in that part of the world, and our government has always ignored it until after the fact, so one has to question why? It seems the instigator of the Muslims in all the lands owned by the former Ottoman Empire is Turkey, and they have phenomenal lobbyists. At one time they even had Dewey, the governnor of NYS on their payroll, and later on they united themselves with AIPAC, the powerful Jewish lobby.
When Turkey realized it had nothing more to gain from Israel, and that they could gain more from Saudi Arabia and the other Arab states, they created the incident of the flotilla at Gaza to break relations with them. Because of that, Turkey lost its alliance with AIPAC the powerful Jewish lobby, so Erdogan stated that his lobbyists in the U.S. were now working overtime to compensate.
Since Assad had the West against him, Turkey felt it was the opportune time to grab the city of Homs and the areas where the Turcomans lived and the best way for it to accomplish it was to have the rebels commit atrocities against Christians and Alawites. This would force Assad to attack the city with heavy weapons and they could cry 'foul'. They could play the victim the way the Albanians did in Kosovo, and as usual we fell for it. The hope was that we would invade the way we did with Kosovo, but Russia intervened.
When Syria shot down the Turkish plane, it was just another incident set up by Turkey. I was certain the 'expendable' pilot was a Kurd, and I was right. In the earthquake last year, the Turkish government wouldn't let help to come in from foreign nations since the area was predominantly Kurds. These things are well known by the Red Cross and other foreign agencies..
Anyway having the Turkish plane shot down, was what it needed to move its troops to the border. So as they line up their armed forces, and threaten a weakened Syria, Erdogan and Devotoglu harp on to Nato and the Turkish press how Turkey is being threatened by Assad. Nato is not stupid enough to fall for it, and simply pacifies their ambitions, but in the cafes in Turkey, the people are all screaming for 'war'.
Assad did tell Turkey to be careful how they tread after speaking to Putin, but I guess it was to no avail.