The biggest sign that Turkey might have fatally injured itself by shooting down the plane is the Western silence over the latest Russian claims. Sergei Lavrov has stated that the FSB has evidence of terrorist attacks being planned in, and organised from, Turkey. Usually such claims are greeted with a familiar text from the West – “no real evidence”, “scaremongering”, “desperation”. You can’t accuse Western allies of sponsoring terrorism, simply because they say they don’t.
But the US has said nothing in response. The Turks are being left to stew in their own juices. If these allegations are true, and the Turkish links with ISIS make them highly probable, Turkey would become an international pariah overnight, and knows it.
Turkey has not only painted itself into a corner diplomatically by shooting down the Russian plane. The West is also taking practical action on the ground which will only end up isolating Turkey further than it already is.
According to Italian author Alberto Negri, NATO is already beginning the disengagement from Syria by discussing a non-intervention agreement in Syrian affairs with Russia. This will doubtless be presented as a means of getting the Russians out. However NATO will be withdrawing more troops, and in all probability, this will mean ISIS troops also moving on to other areas of conflict, as the supplies to their Syrian units would rapidly dry up.
What will be the political configuration of Syria if both NATO/ISIS and Russia withdraw? A corridor between Aleppo and Damascus will be left under the control of Assad’s Alawi, as it is now, while the east of the country, stretching into Iraq, will be under the control of the Sunni. In the east, this would mean effective rule by ISIS operatives is replaced by rule by Kurds, who will belong to the same groups who have always tried to overthrow the Turkish state.
No Turkish politician could ever accept this, and neither could the Turkish public. The US knows this, and has exploited it up until now to ensure Turkish assistance with the ISIS project. Help the new guys we sponsor, behind the scenes, or get the Kurds and by lynched, Turkey has long been told. Now it seems that choice has been taken away, without the safety net of another military coup being offered to the rest of the country.
Turkey shot the Russian plane down in a last ditch attempt to save itself. Turkish governments know they can be overthrown at any time in favour of more reliable friends of the West. But shooting down the plane was exactly the sort of behaviour the West has used to make such transitions in the past.
Erdogan has courted the Islamist vote for a long time. This would position him as a martyr of Islam if he were overthrown, and make any attempt of his to regain power a new “Islamic Revolution”. So the West is keeping him in power, and therefore in blame. It isn’t offering “the restoration of stability”, or at least not yet.
The West has responded to the shooting down of the Russian plane by signaling that Turkey isn’t important enough to save, and Turks know who the more important US ally really is. With the US desperate to convince everyone that ISIS is an unstoppable force, or at least impervious to the Russian Federation, and now the most convenient place to show this would be the secular Moslem state just over the border from the Syria it is trying to disguise a defeat in.
Random Islamic terror attacks are now going to be part of every day life in America. Once upon a time, those of us that warned that Islamic terrorists were already in this country were branded “alarmists”, but not anymore.
When Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez gunned down four U.S. Marines at a Navy and Marine reserve center in Chattanooga, Tennessee earlier this year, that was just a very small preview of what is coming. On Wednesday, a married couple named Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik fired at least 65 shots at a holiday office party in San Bernardino, California. 14 people were killed and 21 were wounded. Later on, hundreds of shots were exchanged as police officers pursued the vehicle that Farook and Malik were attempting to escape in. Fortunately, Farook and Malik are no longer a threat to any of us, but there are thousands more radicals just like them that are already living in this country and that are ready to act at any time.
On Thursday, many in the mainstream media were attempting to figure out what could have possibly motivated a married couple with a new baby to go on such a shooting spree, but it doesn’t take a genius to figure it out.
It is a good thing that authorities were able to deal with Farook and Malik, because they undoubtedly would have launched other attacks. According to the Los Angeles Times, police discovered quite an arsenal when they went to their home…
Police discovered a veritable armory when they searched Farook and Malik’s Redlands home, recovering a dozen pipe bombs, 2,000 9-millimeter handgun rounds, 2,500 .223-caliber assault rifle rounds and “hundreds of tools” that could have been used to make additional explosive devices, Burguan said.
“Certainly they were equipped and they could have continued to do another attack … we intercepted them,” he said.
Sadly, the truth is that Farook and Malik are not anomalies. According to the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security at George Washington University, authorities are currently conducting “900 active investigations” of ISIS supporters living in this country…
And it isn’t just ISIS that we need to be concerned about. Other jihadist organizations pose a similar threat. Earlier this year, WND reported on a network of 22 Islamic paramilitary training centers in the U.S. that is operated by a Pakistani organization known as Jamaat al-Fuqra…
Like I said, Islamic terror is not a threat that we need to be concerned about someday in the future. It is a clear and present threat that we must deal with right now. If not, the kinds of attacks that we have seen so far will just be the very small tip of a very large iceberg.
But instead of acting responsibly, Barack Obama continues to leave our borders wide open, and he continues to push for even more refugees from Islamic nations. Most people don’t realize this, but just before the Paris attacks Obama announced that “the number of Syrian and other refugees” was going to be increased to 100,000 a year. So the “10,000” figure that is being throw around by everyone on the news simply is not accurate.
Of course a lot of Americans are not buying this nonsense. Thanks in part to the recent terror attacks in Paris, gun sales broke an all-time record on Black Friday. According to the FBI, an astounding 185,345 background checks were performed last Friday. A lot of ordinary Americans are deeply concerned about rising crime, the decaying economy and rising Islamic terror and they are arming themselves.
Personally, I am fully convinced that Islamic terror is more of a threat to America than it has ever been before. I fully expect the terror attacks to become much more frequent and much more destructive, and at this point most of our leaders are completely and utterly clueless about what is coming.
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