Sunday, March 23, 2014

"hard slap" vs. "blatant aggression"

It is like the Syldavia and Borduria of the famed Tintin comics, except that this is real life and shooting down planes is not really funny.

A "hard slap" has been personally delivered from Erdogan to Assad. No doubt this is a dangerous way to extend (and expand) the scope of the war (and will help improve Erdogan's image).

The international liberal-left shouted so loudly (and long) on Iraq, where are they now? At the least they should send out mass warnings on Twitter, that be a good excuse for Erdogan to launch another hard (electronic) slap by banning Twitter (again)..

....Turkey's armed forces shot down a Syrian plane on Sunday after it crossed into Turkish airspace in a border region where Syrian rebels have been battling President Bashar al-Assad's forces.

"A Syrian plane violated our airspace," Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan told an election rally of his supporters in northwest Turkey.

"Our F-16s took off and hit this plane. Why? Because if you violate my airspace, our slap after this will be hard," Edrogan.

The rebels have been fighting for control of the Kasab crossing, the border region, since Friday, when they launched an offensive which Syrian authorities say was backed by Turkey's military.

Syria said Turkish air defences shot down the jet while it was attacking rebel forces inside Syrian territory, calling the move a "blatant aggression".

State television quoted a military source as saying the pilot managed to eject from the plane. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said initial reports from the area said the plane came down on the Syrian side of the border. 


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