Russia ups the ante against Turkey
NATO-Russia battle lines are clearly drawn now
NewsBred brings you the latest from the war theatre in Middle East as well as analyse why Turkey shot down the Russian fighter jet plane on Tuesday.
First the latest:
Russia has responded to Turkey’s act of aggression by deciding to deploy its much vaunted S-400 air defense missile system in Syria. Moscow wants to be ready next time Turkey wants to pick up a fight. Its sterling flagship of the Black Sea Fleet, the guided missile cruiser “Moskva,” has already been deployed.
(To know more about S-400 air defence missile system, the readers can click this link. India too is an advanced stage of negotiations with Russia to buy them).
The second Russian pilot, who ejected from the SU-24 bomber shot down by Turkey on Tuesday, is safe and sound and has been taken to the Russian airbase in Latakia, Russian defense minister Sergey Shoigu said.
Said Shoigu on the operation which lasted 12 hours: “The (rescue) operation is successfully over. The pilot has been delivered to our base. Safe and Sound.” Shoigu added that the operation was performed by Russian and Syrian special forces.
The CNN has confirmed that one of the pilot who ejected himself from the going-down inflamed SU-24 fighter jet was gunned down by rebel fighters on the ground.
Under the Geneva conventions, pilots ejecting from airplanes are to be treated as non-violent surrendering combatants. In this case, it is to be considered a war crime.
Legitimate doubts have surfaced Turkey warned Russian fighter jet 10 times in 5 minutes. According to the video released by Turkey itself, the Russian plane might have strayed over for only 20 seconds. It’s difficult to imagine 10 warnings could have been issued in 20 seconds.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has accused Turkey of defending Islamic State militants.
“This is no surprise, considering the information we have about the direct financial interest of some Turkish officials relating to the supply of oil products refined by plants controlled by ISIS,” he said.
Medvedev added: “The reckless and criminal actions of the Turkish authorities have caused a dangerous escalation of relations between Russia and NATO, which cannot be justified by any interest, including protection of state borders.”
Moscow has suspended military cooperation with Ankara after the jet incident.
Rather than rebuke Turkey, a NATO member, for its reckless behavior – or express sympathy to the Russians – US president Barack Obama instead asserted that “Turkey, like every country, has a right to defend its territory and its airspace.”
It was another one of Obama’s breathtaking moments of hypocrisy, since he has repeatedly violated the territorial integrity of various countries, including in Syria where he has authorized bombing without the government’s permission and has armed rebels fighting to overthrow Syria’s secular regime.
This aspect of airspace violations must be expanded to give readers a larger perspective.
U.S., France, Britain and Jordan regularly violate Syrian airspace for their pretended ISIS bombing.
Turkey is bombing the PKK in north Iraq without the permission of the Iraqi government.
What about Israels regular air space violations over Lebanon.
Now let’s analyse what could be the bigger motive for Turkey to shoot down Russian fighter jet over an innocent air-space violation when the cause as big as elimination of IS from the face of the earth is being pursued.
Renowned geo-political analyst Pepe Escobar feels that Germany, the Netherlands and US had in the past stationed some Patriot air defense systems in Turkey. This escalation of tension in the region could work as an excuse to reinstall them in Turkey.
There is little doubt that Turkey wouldn’t mind taking the violent path to overthrow the Bashar Al-Assad government in Syria. By shooting down a Russian plane and rushing to NATO with demands for retaliation against Russia, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan is trying to push US and European countries into a direct confrontation with Russia while also sabotaging Syrian peace talks in Vienna. All for his goal to violently oust Assad from power.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has declared that the allies “stand in solidarity with Turkey.”
If Russia attempts a military reprisal of Turkey, NATO could invoke the clause of “collective security” (article 5 of the Washington Treaty).
China so far hasn’t come out with any reaction to the downing of Russian fighter jet plane, considering the two are core members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) which is a counter to NATO.
Even though China Communist Party (CCP) hasn’t offered an official statement, its mouthpiece, the Global Times, has warned that the situation “could be one of the most critical moments since the end of the Cold War.”
Someone sure wants to start a war.
Meanwhile, social media is fully of sympathy with Russian situation in their determination to nail down the Islamic State. #StandWithRussia has drawn an overwhelming support.
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