After six long years, the Syrian Civil War may be pushed into a full-scale world war after what happened this past weekend. It was revealed that the United States military shot down a Syrian bomber since it was targeting U.S. backed forces. And, you can guess that Vladimir Putin was not too pleased by this action, and has issued a chilling warning.
When Barack Obama was president, Putin had become rather used to being able to push Obama around. For instance, during Obama’s administration, he routinely failed to match his tough talk with his actions. Obama sounded stern when he told Syrian President Bashar not to cross the “red line”, and when Bashar crossed that line there were never any real consequences.
Well, finally after 8 long years of having weak leadership in the White House we have elected President Trump. And, Trump is not about to be pushed around by anyone including Russia or Syria.
So, this past Sunday a US Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet shot down a Syrian SU-22 jet. According to American sources, the Syrian plane had earlier bombed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) near the ISIS capital of Raqqa. Of course, when this happened the Russians were not too pleased about it and tensions are escalating rapidly between the world powers. Now, Russia has claimed that they will shoot down ANY places west of the Euphrates, which could very well mean American planes too.
At the moment the details on what happened yesterday are still a little hazy, but this is what we know. According to various sources, the Syrian jet was being operated by pilots that are loyal to al-Assad. The Syrian jet was in the process at the time of firing upon ISIS targets. However, there have been conflicting reports that say the jet was retaking Raqqa from ISIS.
Here is more from Breitbart:
The U.S.-led coalition announced that it shot down the Syrian plane “in accordance with rules of engagement and in collective self-defense of coalition-partnered forces.”
“The demonstrated hostile intent and actions of pro-regime forces toward coalition and partner forces in Syria conducting legitimate counter-ISIS operations will not be tolerated,” the coalition stated.
According to the U.S. military, the pilot of the Syrian plane was able to eject.
“The attack stresses coordination between the US and ISIS, and it reveals the evil intentions of the US in administering terrorism and investing it to pass the US-Zionist project in the region,” the Syrian government responded.
The Washington Post notes it was the first American downing of a Syrian jet since U.S. forces entered Syria’s civil war in 2014, the first time a U.S. plane brought down a manned hostile aircraft in over a decade, and the fourth time in a month the U.S. military has been obliged to fire on pro-regime forces.
The Post reports that U.S. commanders used a special “deconfliction channel” to contact Russia before firing on the Syrian plane, in an effort to prevent the situation from escalating, and also conducted a “show of force” to warn Syrian forces away before resorting to live fire.
Despite these measures, Russia declared the American action illegal on Monday.
“Repeated combat actions by U.S. aviation under the cover of counterterrorism against lawful armed forces of a country that is a member of the U.N. are a massive violation of international law and de facto a military aggression against the Syrian Arab Republic,” said the Russian Defense Ministry.
That is a serious threat, but I think Russia needs to cool its jets. First, off we were well within our rights to shoot this plane down. Obviously, Russia took at as an act of aggression, but it was far from that. Second, if the U.S indeed tried to contact Russia through the “deconfliction channel” and Russia failed to step in this is what happens. Now, of course, I am not fluffing this off as not serious, but it appears to me that this two alpha males seeing who backs down first.
Also, what is not helping matters and better is the insane rhetoric from the left about Russian collusion. Anyone with any common sense knows that Russia did not hack into our election, but the left just cannot let it go. It seems to me that these liberals are doing their best to start a world war that no one really wants.
Someone needs to step in and help de-escalate this situation before it gets any worse. Russia still remains to be the United States biggest nuclear threat in the world, which is why this needs to be remedied. What needs to be focused on right now is how to defeat ISIS and currently, Russia has had tremendous success already.
We do not need a war with Russia and or Syria for that matter. The ones that are attempting to take Assad out are not good guys at all, in fact, they are ISIS. We need to be defeating ISIS and that benefits everyone around the world. What the world does not need is a war between the U.S. and Russia since that benefits absolutely no one.
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