17 nov. 2015

Russia says Metrojet taken down by terrorists, Putin promises revenge

At first Russia didn't want to call the downing of the Russian airliner over the Sinai a terrorist attack. I guess to avoid making the Russian people feel against Putin's intervention in Syria.

But after the Paris attacks, and seeing how public opinion has mostly supported the latest French retaliatory bombings, we see Putin jumping on the revenge bandwagon, after Russia publicly declared a bomb took down the Airbus.

I'm for revenge in both cases (France and Russia), as long as it can be effectively done against members of ISIS, and I don't think you can really do that with bombings. They tend to kill innocent civilians as well, and that way you can't really be sure of having killed the bad guys either. We need less bombs and more James Bond special agents.

Widespread destruction also brings more voluntaries on the side of ISIS, as it strengthens the idea of "us vs. them", the West against the Islamic world.

Still, it does look cool...

What are those? Mirages? I want them in scale now... "France launched "massive" air strikes on the Islamic State group's capital in Syria Sunday night, destroying a jihadi training camp and a munitions dump in the city of Raqqa, where Iraqi intelligence officials say the attacks on Paris were planned. Twelve aircraft including 10 fighter jets dropped a total of 20 bombs in the biggest air strikes since France extended its bombing campaign against the extremist group to Syria in September, a Defense Ministry statement said. The jets launched from sites in Jordan and the Persian Gulf, in coordination with U.S. forces".

Update: Russia has released footage of their bombing. Yes, they are using Tu-95 bombers straight from the early days of the Cold War!

Finally, this is an analysis of the whole situation after the Paris attacks, by Kyle Kulinski of Secular Talk. I agree with most what he says here. 

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