Very bad things happens in the world, some are simply mistakes, others are carefully planned events. I would have included this post in my underground category, “The Shadows”, but it is of great actuality. I wonder how international media is following a “trend” like sheep, without digging a little more for facts.
I’m a little bit disappointed by Russia’s reaction to the jet fighter incident last week. It wasn’t kosher at all, from both parts, one being Russia and the other one, Turkey, of course. Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sergey Lavrov pointed out that, “by shooting down a Russian plane on a counter-terrorist mission of the Russian Aerospace Force in Syria, and one that did not violate Turkey’s airspace, the Turkish government has in effect sided with ISIS.” In the same context, Lavrov added that “Turkey’s actions appear premeditated, planned, and undertaken with a specific objective.”
President’s Putin reaction was not unexpected, but he, Number One in the “World’s 10 Most Powerful People”, as he was designated by Forbes Magazine in November 2015, didn’t make anything out of his old habits. I hope you know how FSB (Federal’naya sluzhba bezopasnosti – Federal Security Service), the successor of FSK (Federalnaya Sluzhba Kontrrazvedki – Federal Counterintelligence Service) which is the successor of the mighty KGB, under his direct supervision is releasing compromising materials about his opponents, his critics or his alleged enemies. Same thing happened now.
All Western media was flushed with pictures of Turkish President’s Erdoğan son, Bilal, having lunch or dinner with “ISIS leaders”, thus proving that Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has relationships with ISIS through his son, meaning that Turkey is helping ISIS in its take over the world. I wonder why Russia is releasing so late those allegations and accusations? ISIS didn’t start on November 25’th to smuggle crude oil through Turkey, didn’t they? If Putin knew, why has he kept his mouth shot until now? Was he thinking to participate in this crude oil alleged traffic? Was he protecting someone, or he was keeping secret the info for leverage in future negotiations?
Now, as you see in the picture above, some other Turkish celebrities are allegedly connected with ISIS… In the Western world, it seems that if you are Muslim and you keep the faith a little bit tougher than the other secularist Muslims, you are a terrorist, or worse, an ISIS member, if not a leader. It’s the same reason Rohinton Mistry said that he will never visit United States again. He sports a beard, but he is not even a Muslim, he is a Zoroastrian. in 2002, he and his wife were targeted by security agents at every airport he visited only because of his looks.
The guys in the pictures are the owners of a fried liver small tavern in Istanbul which unfortunately passed unnoticed when Anthony Bourdain visited Istanbul in 2010. The venue is called “Ciğeristan Lokantası” (Liver’s Land), and in the above picture’s description is an invitation to a liver cooked dish addressed to President Putin. Gross from Mr. Putin’s press, don’t you think? He also forbid any trade relationships between the two countries, no more Russian visas for Turks and no more Turkish businesses on Russian Federation’s Territory.
Not that I’m a warm Erdoğan’s supporter. On the contrary! More of him in another article! In 2012, after Syrian Air Forces shut down a Turkish F-4 phantom jet when it crossed into Syrian airspace, he described Syria as a “clear and present threat” and said that “a short-term border violation can never be a pretext for an attack”.
Don’t do unto others, what you don’t want others to do unto you – Confucius
Anyway, Mr. Putin is not very different from his Turkish counterpart. Both of them are autocratic and not at all open to critic of any kind. They have proselytes, and they both like to be fanatically adulate.
As for Russian President’s allegation, here you have two quotes from Wall Street Journal:
U.S. officials dismissed Mr. Putin’s allegations that Turkey was backing Islamic State, known by the acronyms ISIS and ISIL, as unfounded.
“We flatly reject any notion that the Turks are somehow working with ISIL,” said Col. Steve Warren, a Baghdad-based spokesman for the U.S.-led military coalition. “That is preposterous.”
[source: the above WSJ link]
One former U.S. government official who worked with Turkey on efforts against Islamic State also challenged the Russian claims.
“We knew that there was illicit oil smuggling activity along the Turkish border, but Turkey was actively seeking to contain the smuggling,” the official said.
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