War! War! War!
A few weeks ago, I called for nuking Turkey. Today, I make this announcement ever louder. Turkey is the largest obstacle to the elimination of the Islamic State in the entire Middle East. Turkey today is Nazi Germany in WW II, but if Nazi Germany was a democracy and the Nazi leadership denied its support for the perpetrators of the (very public) Holocaust, while being adamant that “Stalin Must Go” and both in rhetoric and in fact backing anti-Semitic local nationalist groups against Stalin (while launching some fake airstrikes against the worst of them and allowing some Jewish groups to take control of parts of its border to distract attention). Also, if two-thirds of the population supported Hitler, with support being strongest among the lowest-educated. In such a case, the people of Nazi Germany would have deserved a lot worse than what they actually got (and what they got was pretty bad). And today, Turkey has, contrary to its response to every other trespassing of its airspace by every other country, shot down a plane bombing various rebel positions in a crucial (and I mean this) corner of Northern Syria near the border of Antioch, Latakia, and Idlib provinces. Now, if you look at a map of this area, you would not wonder why the Russian plane took its route -it’s extremely convenient and next to impossible to avoid. In a just world, where Turkey did not foment civil war as one of the foremost arms of the Great Satan, the province of Antioch would belong to Syria, and would have never been Turkified. Sadly, Antioch is surely safer now under Turkish control than if Turkey had committed to its same policies with Antioch belonging to Syria.
Were I Putin today, I would have said nothing. Instead, I would have launched a retaliatory nuclear first strike on Ankara, either preceding or succeeding the announcement of an ultimatum.
War! War! War!