Saturday, November 21, 2015
Russia sends a message to ISIL - and Europe too
I noted with interest the route followed by a Russian airstrike on ISIL in Syria recently. The Daily Mail provides this map of the route followed by the Tupolev Tu-160 bombers (click it for a larger, more readable view):
There are only two nations in the world possessing bombers with so great an operational range: the USA and Russia. President Putin wasn't just demonstrating his resolve to ISIL. He was also demonstrating to Europe that if they really want to pick a fight with him over Ukraine, or NATO has visions of intervening to a greater extent in Eastern Europe, he's got weapons that no European nation or alliance can match.
Ah, diplomacy . . . the art of saying "Good doggie!" convincingly, while reaching for a bloody great rock! I suspect Europe and NATO got the message.