Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Ukraine: Poroshenko gives high state award to Soros

Another award for liberty.

View of events from US libertarian right

Video below that does a good job of illustrating the view of current events from a U.S. right libertarian perspective complete with the customary "government debt crash" conclusion.

Nafeez Ahmed — NATO Is Harboring ISIS, And Here's The Evidence

Why France’s brave new war on ISIS is a sick joke, and an insult to the victims of the Paris attacks…
Conspicuously missing from President Hollande’s decisive declaration of war, however, was any mention of the biggest elephant in the room: state-sponsorship.…
A senior Western official familiar with a large cache of intelligence obtained this summer from a major raid on an ISIS safehouse told the Guardian that “direct dealings between Turkish officials and ranking ISIS members was now ‘undeniable.’”
The same official confirmed that Turkey, a longstanding member of NATO, is not just supporting ISIS, but also other jihadist groups, including Ahrar al-Sham and Jabhat al-Nusra, al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria. “The distinctions they draw [with other opposition groups] are thin indeed,” said the official. “There is no doubt at all that they militarily cooperate with both.….
The West knows that Turkey, KSA, Qatar, and other Sunni states have been supporting ISIS, Al Qaeda, and other terrorist affiliates in order to attack Shi'ite Syria and by proxy also Iran. This fits into the pan of the Atlanticists, who are fully aware of it. They are not only aware of it, but have been supplying arms that they know will go to terrorists.

Not only that the US is militarizing its domestic security forces and imposing total surveillance, creating a totalitarian state.

Insurge Intelligence
Nafeez Ahmed

RT — Downed in 17 seconds: Where Turkey’s story of Su-24 violating airspace just does not add up [details]

Many more details.

Turkish account impossible even if it is granted that the Russian plane flew through Turkish air space, which is contested.

RT — US-backed forces have right to self-defense, but others do not - State Department

More double-speak from the US. Pitiful.

US-backed forces have right to self-defense, but others do not - State Department

Pepe Escobar — Why Russia won't retaliate

Pepe Escobar on Facebbok
As succinctly as possible:
The Sultan Erdogan racket would NEVER have dared to commit an ACT OF WAR against Russia if they did not have full support from His Masters' Voice. That includes a NATO pledge of military support should Moscow retaliate.
This is a trap. Russian intel eats these things for breakfast. 
Moscow WILL retaliate. But it will be further on down the road; carefully calculated, unexpected and swift. 
The Erdogan racket won't know what hit them. 
Vladimir Putin was a KGB officer, after all.  Erdogan needs to be watching his back personally.

Andrea Shalal — U.S. Working To Keep Up With Surging Weapons Demand: Pentagon

The U.S. government is working hard to ensure quicker processing of U.S. foreign arms sales, which surged 36 percent to $46.6 billion in fiscal 2015 and look set to remain strong in coming years, a top Pentagon official said.
“Projections are still strong,” Vice Admiral Joe Rixey, who heads the Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), told Reuters in an interview late on Monday.
He said the agency was trying to sort out the impact of a much stronger-than-expected fourth quarter as it finalized its forecast for arms sales in fiscal 2016, which began Oct. 1.
The fight against Islamic State militants and other armed conflicts around the globe were fueling demand for U.S. missile defense equipment, helicopters and munitions, Rixey said, a shift from 10 years ago when the focus was on fighter jets.
“It’s worldwide. The demand signal is coming in Europe, in the Pacific and in Centcom,” he said, referring to the U.S. Central Command region, which includes the Middle East and Afghanistan.
U.S. companies and some foreign countries have expressed growing frustration in recent months about delays in arms sales approvals. They argue that the U.S. government has not expanded its capacity to process arms deals despite a big spike in such transaction…
Russian and Chinese weapons sales soaring, too.

The world is gearing up for expected war. Well, that's one way to "increase investment."

U.S. Working To Keep Up With Surging Weapons Demand: Pentagon
Andrea Shalal

Washington's Blog — Turkish Shootdown of Russian Jet: What You Need to Know

A U.S. official told Reuters that the Russian jet was inside of Syria when it was shot down:

The United States believes that the Russian jet shot down by Turkey on Tuesday was hit inside Syrian airspace after a brief incursion into Turkish airspace, a U.S. official told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Russia denies that the Russian fighter jet – which was bombing ISIS – ever entered Turkish air space, and has put out its own map purporting to prove that claim.
The Russian jet pilots who parachutted free of their burning plane were then purportedly killed by Turkish rebels inside Syria. If true, this is a war crime.
The rebels claim that the pilot were shot while parachuting down, which is a war crime, wherever.
Then – when a Russian helicopter tried to save the pilots – it was shot down by American-backed Syrian rebels – using weapons provided to them by the United States – and a Russian marine was killed.
This happened in Syria by "moderates" back by the US and supplied with US weapons.

Obama's answer is that it wouldn't have happened if Russian were not in Syria.
Indeed, NATO-member Turkey is MASSIVELY supporting ISIS, provided chemical weapons used in the jihadi’s massacre of civilians, and has been bombing ISIS’ main on-the-ground enemy – Kurdish soldiers – using its air force. And some of the Turkish people are also unsympathetic to the victims of ISIS terrorism.Turkey was also instrumental in the creation of ISIS. An internal Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) document produced recently shows, the U.S. knew that the actions of “the West, Gulf countries and Turkey” in Syria might create a terrorist group like ISIS and an Islamic CALIPHATE.…
Washington's Blog
Turkish Shootdown of Russian Jet: What You Need to Know

Russia Insider — Turkey's Own Evidence Contradicts Its Story on Downed Russian Plane

This is the official Turkish radar track of the Russian aircraft they shot down, in red. It briefly transited a tiny neck of Turkish land – less than two miles across where the Russian jet passed – twice:

I calculate that each “incursion” over Turkish territory would have lasted about 10 seconds, assuming the plane was flying slowly at 600mph.

Murray calculates the plane couldn't have spent more than 20 seconds over Turkish territory - if it was flying SLOWLY - yet the Turks maintain they warned the plane to leave their airspace 10 times in 5 minutes. How is that possible?

Russia Insider
LAUGHABLE: Turkey's Own Evidence Contradicts Its Story on Downed Russian Plane

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

French politician — Turkey's attack provocation to split int’l anti-terrorist coalition

Turkey’s attack on a Russian warplane in Syria is an obvious provocation seeking to set the international anti-Islamic State coalition at odds, Jean-Luc Melenchon, a French politician and member of the European Parliament, said on Tuesday.
"The Turkish government is playing really foul games," he wrote in his account in the web. "What was the Russian plane doing? It was delivering air strikes against the Islamic State. Did it pose any threat to Turkey? No. It means that it was another Turkey’s provocation seeking to set the international coalition which is currently being formed at odds. It is a well-staged shot in the back."…
Turkey's attack provocation to split int’l anti-terrorist coalition — French politician

Turkey’s downing of Russia jet potential game changer — Press TV interviews editor-in-chief of Zuerst, Berlin

But what we see now is a new escalation; Turkey right now attacked a world power. This changes the game or this might change the game into a horrible situation for the future.
We should not forget that Turkey is one of the most important and, at the same time, the most appreciated NATO member. NATO accepts everything Turkey is doing, especially [everything] Erdogan is doing. Erdogan established an almost totalitarian state under his party leadership. NATO is never doing something against this.
So we can see this attack against the Russian air craft, also not just a Turkish attack, but also it is a NATO attack. So this puts the conflict from the regional level to the world level and that makes the whole incident quite risky.…
This history shows us that Turkey desperately tries to make this conflict wider to involve other powers. This is what they are doing nonstop and all the news coming from Turkey, especially from the Turkish military, are deeply-biased and propaganda news to justify this politics.…
…if Turkey says the air jets were violating Turkish airspace, this might also have to do with the interpretation from Ankara on what belongs to Turkey and what not. Because we see that Turkey is very openly securing or invading an area in northern Turkey. We can the terrorist gangs in northern Syria. I think, without any problem, they are just Turkish proxies; they get their money from Turkey, they get their arms from Turkey, the Islamic State [Daesh Takfiri terrorists] is openly supported by Turkey. So these are all Turkish proxies which are right now occupying northern Syrian territory. So this might be one of the reasons that Ankara might see that is a violation of Turkish airspace because what the Russians are doing right now is directly attacking and weakening Turkish proxies on Syrian ground.…
"Our guy" Erdogan.

Press TV
Turkey’s downing of Russia jet potential game changer: Analyst
Press TV interviews Manuel Ochsenreiter, the editor-in-chief of Zuerst in Berlin

OAN — Iran Says U.S. Has Plan To Divide Iraq, Pleads With Iraqis To Resist

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday accused the United States of trying to divide Iraq along sectarian and ethnic lines and urged Iraqis to withstand any such plans.…
“The Americans must not be allowed to consider Iraq as their personal property … and dare to openly talk about disintegration of Iraq,” Khamenei said according to his website.
“The Iraqi people, Shi’ites, Sunnis, Kurds and Arabs have been living together peacefully but some regional countries and some foreigners are trying to amplify differences among them,” he added.…
In August, outgoing U.S. Army chief of staff General Ray Odierno drew condemnation from Baghdad and Tehran when he said reconciliation between Shi’ites and Sunnis in Iraq was becoming harder and that partitioning the country “might be the only solution.”…
During a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday, Khamenei called for closer bilateral ties between Tehran and Moscow to thwart what he called “Washington’s plots”.
Iran Says U.S. Has Plan To Divide Iraq, Pleads With Iraqis To Resist
Bozorgmehr Sharafedin

Christof Lehmann — Turnbull warns of increased Terrorism Threat in the Region: Ignores State Sponsorship

In response to the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull instructed law enforcement agencies to test their preparedness for mass casualty attacks. Like his European and American counterparts, Turnbull avoided necessary and painful questions about Western, Turkish and Gulf Arab State sponsorship of terrorism and failure to hit terrorist infrastructure at its roots...
Neither ASIO nor Turnbull, however, have openly addressed that fact that at the very least Turkey, the United States or elements within governmental structures in the United States, as well as Saudi Arabia overtly have supported ISIS.
In December 2012 Saudi Arabia began reactivating smuggling routes from Saudi Arabia via Iraq’s Al-Anbar province and to ISIS / ISIL brigades in Deir Ez-Zor, Syria.
In April 2013 U.S. Senator John McCain illegally crossed the Turkish – Syrian border.
McCain held a meeting with several “rebel” leaders in a safe house in Idlib.
Among them were the general of the now virtually defunct Free Syrian Army, Salim Idris, and Abu Bakhr al-Bagdhadi, a.k.a. al-Badri and most recently as ISIS’ Caliph Ibrahim.
When a photo of the meeting was leaked, McCain would claim that he was not aware that al-Baghdadi was present. [Like McCain was not aware he was standing next to neo-Nazis "nationalists" when photographed in Ukraine after the coup.]

It's called being up to your eyeballs in it.

WikiLeaks — Saudi Arabia, Turkey & Qatar Secret Anti-Syria Plot

The whistleblower website WikiLeaks says that leaked documents from Saudi ministries revealed that Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey had a secret deal three years ago to topple the Syrian government.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange told Rossiya-1 (Russia 1) TV channel on Sunday that the United States, France, and Britain had also been involved in the secret deal in 2012.
Mint Press News
WikiLeaks Reveals Saudi Arabia, Turkey & Qatar Secret Anti-Syria Plot
Press TV

Brad Hoff — 2012 DIA ‘Islamic State’ Report Enters National Discourse after New York Times Coverage

I’ve written before about the way news of the declassified 2012 Defense Intelligence report spread: throughout early summer it headlined around the world especially in Britain, Germany, and Russia; yet there was complete mainstream media silence in the U.S. even as (according to a Daily Beast article) it “ate the web.”
While the document was referenced and analyzed in literally hundreds of independent/alternative and foreign media reports, major U.S. news maintained its silence, even after Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn (Ret.), head of the DIA at the time the report was prepared, confirmed its accuracy and importance in an Al Jazeera interview with Mehdi Hasan.
Even with Flynn’s public and unambiguous confirmation of the document, the American public remained largely in the dark as to the document’s existence.
While the rest of the world had easy access to the interview which featured lengthy discussion of the document with a man who was in 2012 and prior one of the top three highest ranking intelligence officials in Washington, it did not air on Al Jazeera America, and the program itself remains geo-blocked for Americans wishing to access it through Al Jazeera’s official YouTube channel.…
Levant Report

Ruth Gordon — Home, sweet kleptocracy - Kabul in America

A top government official with energy industry holdings huddles in secret with oil company executives to work out the details of a potentially lucrative “national energy policy.” Later, that same official steers billions of government dollars to his former oil-field services company. Well-paid elected representatives act with impunity, routinely trading government contracts and other favors for millions of dollars. Meanwhile, ordinary citizens live in fear of venal police forces that suck them dry by charging fees for services, throwing them in jail when they can’t pay arbitrary fines or selling their court “debts” to private companies. Sometimes the police just take people’s life savings leaving them with no recourse whatsoever. Sometimes they steal and deal drugs on the side.
Meanwhile, the country’s infrastructure crumbles. Bridges collapse, or take a quarter-century to fix after a natural disaster, or (despite millions spent) turn out not to be fixed at all. Many citizens regard their government at all levels with a weary combination of cynicism and contempt. Fundamentalist groups respond by calling for a return to religious values and the imposition of religious law.

What country is this? Could it be Nigeria or some other kleptocratic developing state? Or post-invasion Afghanistan where Ahmed Wali Karzai, CIA asset and brother of the U.S.-installed president Hamid Karzai, made many millions on the opium trade (which the U.S. was ostensibly trying to suppress), while his brother Mahmoud raked in millions more from the fraud-ridden Bank of Kabul? Or could it be Mexico, where the actions of both the government and drug cartels have created perhaps the world’s first narco-terrorist state?
In fact, everything in this list happened (and much of it is still happening) in the United States, the world leader — or so we like to think — in clean government. These days, however, according to the Corruption Perception Index of Transparency International (TI), our country comes in only 17th in the least-corrupt sweepstakes, trailing European and Scandinavian countries as well as Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. In fact, TI considers us on a par with Caribbean island nations like Barbados and the Bahamas. In the U.S., TI says, “from fraud and embezzlement charges to the failure to uphold ethical standards, there are multiple cases of corruption at the federal, state and local level.”….
Bad, but nowhere near a complete list.

Le Monde Diplomatique
Home, sweet kleptocracy - Kabul in America
Ruth Gordon

Irregular Times — Donald Trump Says He Wants To Torture People Even If It Doesn’t Help Anybody

If ever there could be a warning sign placed behind a presidential candidate, flashing in neon light with the message “Do not elect me,” the appropriate time for that warning came last night, as Donald Trump took to the stage in Columbus, Ohio last night and shouted to the audience, “Would I approve waterboarding? You bet your ass I would. In a heartbeat. I would approve more than that!”
“Even if it doesn’t work, they deserve it anyway,” Trump said, and the crowd cheered.
The only kind of person would choose to torture another human being, even if the torture had no positive effect to help somebody, by obtaining information or stopping a terrible event, is a sadist.

When Donald Trump tells us that he wants to torture people even if torture doesn’t work, he is telling us that he is a sadist. He gains pleasure out of inflicting pain.
What’s more, Trump is willing to inflict torture on people in a heartbeat.
Donald Trump reveals that many suspected, he is not only a psychopath but also a sociopath. Cross him off the list of possible people to vote for. Would trust him to walk your dog?
J. Clifford

Interfax-Ukraine — Ukraine will follow Turkey's example if its air space is violated – NSDC

National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov has said that if Ukrainian air space is violated by military aircraft then Ukraine will respond in the same manner as Turkey would.
Ratcheting up. (Ukraine is a US puppet regime.)

Ukraine will follow Turkey's example if its air space is violated – NSDC
Interfax Ukraine

Patrick Strickland — Israel to displace thousands of Palestinian Bedouins

Plan allows for the construction of five new Jewish-only communities, two of which are on lands of Bedouin villages.
More fuel on the fire.

Al Jazeera
Israel to displace thousands of Palestinian Bedouins
Patrick Strickland

President Obama blames the incident on Russia being in Syria

"I do think this points to an ongoing problem with Russian operations [in Syria] ... in the sense that they are operating very close to a Turkish border and they are going after moderate opposition.

"If Russia is directing its energies towards Daesh and ISIL, some of those conflicts or potentials for mistakes or escalation are less likely to occur.…

Al Jazzera
World leaders react to Turkey's downing of Russian jet

Nafeez Ahmed — Britain’s secret ties to governments, firms behind ISIS oil sales

Key allies in the US and UK led war on Islamic State (ISIS) are covertly financing the terrorist movement according to senior political sources in the region. US and British oil companies are heavily invested in the murky geopolitical triangle sustaining ISIS’ black market oil sales.
The Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) in Iraq and Turkish military intelligence have both supported secret ISIS oil smuggling operations and even supplied arms to the terror group, according to Kurdish, Iraqi and Turkish officials.
One British oil company in particular, Genel Energy, is contracted by the KRG to supply oil for a major Kurdish firm accused of facilitating ISIS oil sales to Turkey. The Kurdish firm has close ties to the Iraqi Kurdish government.
Genel operates in the KRG with the backing of the British government, and is also linked to a British parliamentary group with longstanding connections to both the British and KRG oil industries.
The relationship between British and Kurdish energy companies, and senior British politicians, raises questions about conflicts of interest — especially in the context of a ‘war on terror’ that is supposed to be targeting, not financing, the ‘Islamic State.’…
Of course, the Western explanation is that ISIS is selling the oil to Assad.

Worse —
“Turkey has sponsored Islamist groups in Syria, including ISIS, since the beginning, and continues to do so. The scale of ISIS smuggling operations across the Turkish-Syrian border is huge, and much of it is facilitated with the blessings of Erdogan and Davitoglu, who see the Islamists as the means to expand the Turkish foothold in the region.”
Insurgent Intelligence
Britain’s secret ties to governments, firms behind ISIS oil sales
Nafeez Ahmed

AWD News — Turkish intelligence chief: ISIS is a reality and we must stop Putin from crushing the Islamic revolution

Hakan Fidan, the head of Turkey's National Intelligence Organization, known by the MİT acronym, has drawn a lot of attention and criticism for his controversial comments about ISIS.
Mr. Hakan Fidan, Turkish President's staunchest ally, condemned Russian military intervention in Syria, accusing Moscow of trying to 'smother' Syria's Islamist revolution and serious breach of United Nations law.
“ISIS is a reality and we have to accept that we cannot eradicate a well-organized and popular establishment such as the Islamic State; therefore I urge my western colleagues to revise their mindset about Islamic political currents, put aside their cynical mentalité and thwart Vladimir Putin's plans to crush Syrian Islamist revolutionaries,” - Anadolu News Agency quoted Mr. Fidan as saying on Sunday.
Fidan further added that in order to deal with the vast number of foreign Jihadists craving to travel to Syria, it is imperative that ISIS must set up a consulate or at least a political office in Istanbul. He underlined that it is Turkey’s firm belief to provide medical care for all injured people fleeing Russian ruthless airstrikes regardless of their political or religious affiliation.…
Got that?

Fort Russ
Turkish intelligence chief: ISIS is a reality and we must stop Putin from crushing the Islamic revolution
AWD News

More from Seymour Hersh:
The foreign policy expert told me that the account he heard originated with Donilon. (It was later corroborated by a former US official, who learned of it from a senior Turkish diplomat.) According to the expert, Erdoğan had sought the meeting to demonstrate to Obama that the red line had been crossed, and had brought Fidan along to state the case. When Erdoğan tried to draw Fidan into the conversation, and Fidan began speaking, Obama cut him off and said: ‘We know.’ Erdoğan tried to bring Fidan in a second time, and Obama again cut him off and said: ‘We know.’ At that point, an exasperated Erdoğan said, ‘But your red line has been crossed!’ and, the expert told me, ‘Donilon said Erdoğan “fucking waved his finger at the president inside the White House”.’ Obama then pointed at Fidan and said: ‘We know what you’re doing with the radicals in Syria.’ (Donilon, who joined the Council on Foreign Relations last July, didn’t respond to questions about this story. The Turkish Foreign Ministry didn’t respond to questions about the dinner. A spokesperson for the National Security Council confirmed that the dinner took place and provided a photograph showing Obama, Kerry, Donilon, Erdoğan, Fidan and Davutoğlu sitting at a table. ‘Beyond that,’ she said, ‘I’m not going to read out the details of their discussions.’)
London Review of Books
The Red Line and the Rat Line: Seymour M. Hersh on Obama, Erdoğan and the Syrian rebels

Dave Lindorff — An Invisible US Hand Leading to War? Turkey’s Downing of a Russian Jet was an Act of Madness

In considering the terrifying but also sadly predictable news of a Russian fighter jet being downed by two Turkish fighters, let’s start with one almost certain assumption -- an assumption that no doubt is also being made by the Russian government: Turkey’s action, using US-supplied F-16 planes, was taken with the full knowledge and advance support of the US. In fact, given Turkey’s vassal status as a member of US-dominated NATO, it could well be that Ankara was put up to this act of brinksmanship by the US.…
An Invisible US Hand Leading to War? Turkey’s Downing of a Russian Jet was an Act of Madness
Dave Lindorff

Unlike the Obama administration, that has been willing to arm and train jihadi groups to conduct its proxy-war against Assad in Syria, Erdogan is a true believer, a committed Islamist who has done everything in his power to roll back democracy in Turkey, to establish one-man rule, to destroy the independent judiciary, to silence the free press, and to establish a conservative and intolerant Islamic state. Erdogan is what many would call a “Koolaid drinker”, a man who believes that his support for disparate and vicious terrorist groups that have decimated Syria, laid its civilian infrastructure to waste, and displaced more than half the population is “God’s work”. Make no mistake, the Turkish government is the modern-day Caliphate. The fact that its government officials dress in nicely-tailored suits rather than black pajamas, is merely a way to divert attention from their extreme fanaticism and their covert support for liver-eating fundamentalist savages…
The Russian-led coalition is closing in on the Syria-Turkish border which will put an end to Erdogan’s dream of toppling Assad or continuing to fuel the war with terrorists that are provided a safe haven on Syrian soil. This is why the Su-24 fighter was shot down on Tuesday. It is a desperate attempt to salvage the failed strategy of toppling a secular government and replacing it with friendly Islamic extremists who hew to Erdogan’s twisted worldview.…
The fact is, the Turkish government (with US air support) is trying to annex Syrian territory for its own nefarious purposes. That much is clear.
The downing of the Russian Su-24 fighter fits perfectly with the way in which the Turkish government has been ratcheting up tensions on the border, using its jihadi allies to seize Syrian territory, and trying to incite a violent reaction that will force greater NATO or US involvement. I seriously doubt that Putin is gullible enough to take the bait and overreact to this obvious and pathetic provocation in Ankara. He will exact his pound of flesh at some other time, a time of his own choosing.
Remind me again why is the US backing Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the Emirates, etc., as well as Ukrainian neo-Nazis.

Turkey Downs Russian Fighter to Draw NATO and US Deeper into Syrian Quagmire
Mike Whitney

Pepe Escobar — Not only Ankara backs Daesh but offers also logistical support

Not only Ankara backs Daesh but offers also logistical support - Pepe Escobar


So now we have Wahhabism, the ideological matrix of all strands of jihadism, dictating to the West who is and who is not a “terrorist”. One can’t make this stuff up.…
And the DIA [US Defense Intelligence Agency] bluntly admitted that “Western countries, the Persian Gulf states and Turkey” were directly involved. As for the “possibility of establishing a declared or undeclared Salafist principality,” the DIA actually explained the obvious; “this is exactly what the supporting powers to the opposition want, in order to isolate the Syrian regime, which is considered the strategic depth of the Shia expansion (Iraq and Iran).”
So here, once again, is a brief recap. Shock and awe 2003; the birth of al-Qaeda in Iraq; Camp Bucca; the Daesh metastasis; NATO-“liberated” Libya as a jihadi paradise. Without the US, Franco-British, Saudi, Qatari, Turkish financing and weaponizing of a mini-galaxy of Salafi-jihadi outfits who turned Syria into the new Afghanistan, all used as proxies/patsies to go against Damascus, Hezbollah and mostly Iran, we would not have had jihad in the streets of Paris.
Stupid or evil? This is not because Washington is stupid. But it does provide plausible deniability — for the gullible.

Why the Paris terror attacks didn’t ‘change everything’

Russian military draws a red line. – "We caution that any targets, representing a potential danger for us, will be destroyed."

Sergei Rudskoy, chief of the Main Operations Directorate of the General Staff of the [Russian] Armed Forces:

First, all actions of strike aircraft will be carried out only under cover of fighter planes.

Second, measures will be taken to strengthen the defense. To this end, the cruiser Moskva, equipped with the air defense system "Fort," similar to the C-300, will take up position in the coastal region of Latakia.

We caution that any targets, representing a potential danger for us, will be destroyed.
Red line.

Keep in mind that Turkish warplanes are NATO aircraft.

Fort Russ
Russian adjustments resulting from the downing of the Su-24 by TurkeyI
Federico Pieraccini

Tony Cartalucci — Why the West Won’t Hit ISIS Where it Hurts

Those familiar with the Syrian conflict would recognize this section of the Syrian-Turkish border as precisely the boundaries of the long-sought after “safe zone” the US, NATO, and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have attempted to establish since as early as 2012. The Paris attacks and several minor border incidents recently reported, seem to be only the latest in a long line of cited provocations this axis has attempted to use to implement its preconceived plans.
This region between Jarabulus and Afrin constitutes the primary corridor through which the summation of Al Qaeda’s Al Nusra Front and the so-called “Islamic State” or ISIS, receive weapons, supplies, and fresh fighters. Through coordinated efforts between Syria’s Kurds and the Syrian government itself, the rest of Syria’s northern border with Turkey has been sealed. As this process has progressed, the desperation of the Western-led axis seeking regime change in Damascus has increased proportionally.
In reality, regardless of the West’s repetitive platitudes regarding its determination to “fight ISIS,” its actions and the actions of its regional allies have fully illustrated a desire to preserve the terrorist group. Its feigned “war on ISIS” helped open the door to the recent Russian military intervention. With Russia’s entry into the war, the West can no longer afford to drag out its nonexistent operations against ISIS, hoping for an opportunity to finally divide and destroy the country.
Russia and the Syrian Arab Army for whom it is providing air support, have nearly closed the Jarabulus-Afrin corridor themselves. In fact, the week before the Paris attacks, Syrian troops had established a corridor to the besieged Kweires airbase, just 40 kilometers from the Euphrates. Since then, the Syrian military has expanded its control around the surrounding area. Should it reach the Euphrates, along with taking Aleppo and moving northeast from Latakia in the west, Syria will fill the void NATO has long sought to establish its “safe zone” in.
In other words, there is a race between NATO to implement a partial occupation of Syria, and Syria and its allies racing to fill the void before this happens – and the race is nearly over.
The race is on to partition Syria against Russia and Iran who are determined to prevent it.

But that is just the initial objective.
ISIS is not only destined to divide and destroy Syria and Iraq. If the West has its way, the terrorist organization is destined to move into Iran, the Caucasus region of southern Russia, and Central Asia next. It is a proxy army built atop of what the United States and Saudi Arabia accomplished with Al Qaeda starting in the 1980’s, which itself was merely a continuation of the British Empire’s use of Wahabbi fanatics to overthrow its Ottoman rivals over a century ago.
When the West calls this a “long war,” they mean it. And it will be longer still until the people of the West realize their governments aren’t waging a “War on Terror,” they are waging a “War of Terror.”
Russia knows this. Iran knows this. And China knows this.

Why the West Won’t Hit ISIS Where it Hurts
Tony Cartalucci

Russian Media — Erdogan's son behind downing of Russian Su-24

Turkey intends to thwart Russian military operations in Syria because of ISIS oil operations.
Cheap oil that ISIL terrorists are trafficking to Turkey may be the true reason for the attack on the Russian su-24 bomber on the morning of 24 November, reports LifeNews.
According to the publication, the son of Turkish President, Bilal Erdogan, is associated with terrorists and ISIS' control of oil flow in the country…
In mass media there were photos published of the heir to the Turkish leader posing next to the leaders of the "Islamic state". [Compare with photos of John McCain posing with photos of Ukrainian neo-Nazis "nationalists.]
Turkey deliberately interferes with the conduct of Russian military operations in Syria, because ISIS terrorists were transporting, to Turkey, cheap oil, and the Russian planes are destroying columns of trucks, — says military expert, Director of the Center for strategic conjuncture Ivan Konovalov.
Fort Russ
Russian Media claims Erdogan's son behind downing of Russian Su-24
Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ

Russia Insider
Russian Senator&Pilot: “This Was Erdogan’s Revenge for Loss of ISIL Cash Cow”
Alexei Pankin

Russia 24 News reported on Tuesday that according to the Russian Ministry of Defense the Turkish plane which shot down Russian Su-24 in Syria has violated the Syrian border, according to objective control data.
Fort Russ
Russian MOD: Turkish plane violated Syrian border to shoot down the Russian Su-24

"Instead of immediately getting in contact with us, as far as we know, the Turkish side immediately turned to their partners at NATO in order to discuss this incident, as if it was us who downed a Turkish plane and not vice versa. Do they want to put NATO at service to ISIS?"
Putin: "Does Turkey want to put NATO at service to ISIS?"

Yegor Kholmogorov — The motive: How Russia's enemies benefit from the downing of Su-24


History and geography count.

Fort Russ
The motive: How Russia's enemies benefit from the downing of Su-24
Yegor Kholmogorov | Vzglyad (original)
Translated y Kristina Rus

Nick Johnson — Philosophy of mind and ideas in economics

The human mind necessarily uses conceptual models in order to represent and understand reality. These models are logical and linguistic constructs using language, either ordinary or formal. Understanding how such models are constructed (structure) and how they work (function) has emerged as a central theme in philosophy and logic in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and it became dominant theme in the mid to late 20th century.

This post is good summary of the basic idea of the way the mind-brain models reality in order to reduce complication and complexity to simpler and more tractable terms through abstraction, similar to the way attention focuses on the important and essential in perception and relegates the rest of the "blooming, buzzing confusion" (William James) to the background (distinguishes signal from noise).

Short and worth a read if you are not trained in philosophy.

The Political Economy of Development
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Julian Borger — Nato and UN seek calm over Turkish downing of Russian jet, US and NATO back Turkey

The US president and Nato both backed the Turkish version of events. Barack Obama said Turkey had a right to defend itself, while the Nato secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, said “assessments we have got from several allies are consistent with” the Turkish account.
Stoltenberg said Nato stood “in solidarity with Turkey” and its territorial integrity, but called for “calm and de-escalation”, urging Ankara and Moscow to maintain contacts. The UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon called on “all relevant parties to take urgent measures with a view to de-escalate the tensions”.
Ban’s spokesman, Stephane Dujarric, told reporters: “He hopes that a credible and thorough review will clarify the events and help prevent future recurrences.”
Turkmen militiamen in Syria claimed to have shot the pilots as they descended on parachutes from the stricken Su-24 bomber. The Turkmen rebels, who are supported by Ankara, broadcast a video of what appeared to be a dead Russian pilot.…
The Guardian
Nato and UN seek calm over Turkish downing of Russian jet
Julian Borger | Diplomatic editor