The disturbing attack by Turkey on a Russian jet is a very worrying escalation. Putin has definitely upset ISIS and Erdogan too. Israel, Saudi Arabia and Qatar have their own agenda, primarily to stop Iranian influence and support for Hezbollah and Syria. Israel wants the same but for different reasons. A weak or better still, fractured Syria would be unable to resist Zionist expansion plans.
The US, Europe and Russia are all huge weapons manufacturers and in my view are the main beneficiaries of conflict. Russian assets in Syria and it’s long term support would suggest that arms sales aren’t a primary factor, however showcasing their impressive wares certainly won’t harm their weapons industry.
Tourism would be damaged the most as a result of conflict and disputes. It’s estimated Turkey will lose 450,000 Russian visitors due to the shooting down of their jet. Egypt will suffer in the near future because of the passenger plane disaster. Perhaps Erdogen believes it’s a price worth paying. We can safely assume that the Turkish leader doesn’t have investments in the tourism industries. It is of course the average Turk who will be adversely affected by fewer visitors, less jobs.
What he does have investments in is oil. The oil is transported from Syrian installations to Turkish refinement plants and Erdogen junior is reaping the rewards. That was until Putin’s air force obliterated those tankers very recently. This might have resulted in the Russian jet being brought down and if it is, then Erdogen should be a very worried man. The loss of dozens of oil tankers will be the least of his worries.
Another aspect is Erdogens almost deranged insistence on Bashar Al Assad’s removal. Clearly the Turkish government have facilitated the rise of ISIS through their porous border and they appear to be looking to grab parts of Syria during the chaos.
The fanning of the flames by ISIS allies will result in more arms deals with Saudi and Qatar picking up the bill. I suppose it makes a change from the US, UK, French, etc taxpayers having to finance the bombing of countries that have done absolutely no harm to any of us.
American support for the Israelis (and Egypt) is the most interesting. Despite humiliating Obama countless times, their US aid has increased substantially. The reason Egypt gets so much US foreign aid is to make sure they keep the Gaza prison intact. Military assistance from the US in 2013 was $3 billion for Israel and $1.2 billion for Egypt. There are no special ties between the US and Egypt so why so much ‘aid’? It can only be for hush money to leave Israel alone. By the way, US aid figures that are above do not reflect the real cost. In reality it could be twice as much.
Turkey has the right to defend it’s airspace, Obama stated with great authority. In stark contrast, the daily incursions by Israel over it’s neighbours never seems to warrant such condemnation. Perhaps they need to shoot one down and see what the response would be from a man who takes hypocrisy to levels never before seen.
Considering his pathetic, error strewn presidency, Obama should just keep his mouth shut. He is unable to comment on anything related to international law because he breaks them with impunity.
His criticism of Russia has no legal basis and his own violation of Syrian airspace renders him ineligible to comment on other nations alleged discretions anyhow. His government has continually admitted to supplying ‘moderate rebels’ with weapons, training and finances , even though anyone with the remotest interest in US foreign policy knows that there are no moderate rebels. Yes, they might fight amongst themselves but it doesn’t make any of the factions moderate.
Someone should explain to him that just because he doesn’t like a certain government (or more likely they won’t do as they are told) it doesn’t give him the right to declare them illegitimate. More than twice as many Syrian refugees have sought protection under the Assad government than those that have fled abroad and even that doesn’t mean that those who have left are against Assad. Bearing in mind much of the Syrian/Turkish border has been controlled by ISIS and Turkey have received more refugees than any other nation, it would be fair to estimate that many have been forced to leave because of ISIS.
Save your breath Obama, Putin has already made you look foolish enough as it is. You’ve achieved absolutely nothing of any significant importance throughout your time in power. All you have done is make people like Netanyahu look intelligent and that is quite spectacular, I suppose.
It will be interesting to see what Putin does about this escalation with Turkey, I suspect Erdogan was treading on thin ice before this latest incident and of course the fact that Turkey is an ally of ISIS could possibly mean that this attack on a Russian jet isn’t a concluded event. Far from it.
Indeed Mr Hollande, it’s certainly not an act of friendship, which is a little odd, considering these are the very same people that you gave French air cover to in Libya and Syria. Ungrateful, aren’t they?
The French policy in Syria has been very consistent but before that, Hollande had used French jets to remove Gaddafi, which was fundamental in the creation of ISIS and the supply of weapons to Syrian rebels. Talking about declarations of war is a bit rich when you’ve just been supporting the removal of two leaders of sovereign states. Neither Libya nor Syria invited France into their air space. Yesterday’s attacks weren’t revenge by Assad or friends of the murdered Gaddafi, they were committed by the very same people the French have been supplying weapons to.
Of course, mainstream media will completely ignore these facts simply because most people are too lazy to find out for themselves. Collectively, we’ve only got ourselves to blame for the crimes of the elite which only ever affect the ordinary citizens. Blair, Brown, Hollande, or Bush, to name a few, never get caught up in these acts of ‘the terrorists’.
It’s been reported that Israeli jets have attacked a site close to Damascus claiming to stop the S-300 air protection system being delivered to Hezbollah. They have used this excuse before. If there are so many of these systems in circulation, how is it that Iran have been waiting ten years for theirs to be delivered by Russia? Moreover, I’m very disappointed that Russia did not warn the Israelis to stay away from Syrian airspace. After what they did to USS Liberty all those years ago, Putin should be worried they won’t screw up and attack Russian jets on the ground…. By mistake, of course.
The first wave of cuts were just a taste of what is about to happen to the welfare system in the UK. Let’s see how popular the Conservative government is when slowly but surely we all find out that genuine cases of people needing state assistance are being ignored. When will people realise that the NHS is being run into the ground so that the Tories can tell us how privatisation will solve the problem.
People are too lazy to look up simple facts. Thatcher gave away the UK water industry by giving subsidies over the following three years that equated to the selling price. The railway industry is still being heavily subsidised …Those subsidies going into shareholders pockets.
Jon Stewart explains this much better than I ever could.
Israeli settlers were the culprits, it seems. More news from the region:
Israeli electricity company cuts of Nablus and Jenin over unpaid debts.
Israeli forces open fire on Palestinian farmers and fishermen.
40% rise in new settlements recorded in 2014.
Autopsy shows young Palestinian man was shot at short range.
These are all headlines from Ma’an news agency. These are also just the tip of the iceberg. Israelis constantly and incessantly attempt to provoke responses so that they can go in and slaughter more. Their treatment of Palestinians is intentionally WORSE than the Nazis treated the Jews. The Nazi reign was over in 5 years, the Israeli occupation has been in place over 10 times longer. Yes, many Jews were imprisoned but what do they think Gaza and the West Bank is?
Israel has done previously and continues to strangle any hope for economic recovery for the Palestinians. Israel has learnt that they have to be subtle so that it’s not so noticeable to the outside world. How can they export fresh produce when it’s stopped from going anywhere for days by the Israeli check point officers? It’s not because it’s a security risk, it’s so that it becomes worthless. More to the point, how can they sell produce when the very farmland they used to grow it on has either been fenced off to stop them looking after it or been stolen to house Israeli settlers on.
Palestinians are constantly surveyed, monitored and controlled. Their lives are worse than those who lived in the Nazi camps and to make matters worse, there is no hope of being rescued or released by allied forces.