Russia now has one less SU-24 bomber than it had before thanks to Turkey. Turkey claimed the warplane strayed into Turkish airspace. They scrambled two American-made F-16 fighters shot the Russian plane down. It’s believed to be the first time a NATO country has shot down a Russian warplane in over 50 years.
Yes, Turkey is a member of NATO.
Turkey has sided with Syrian rebels fighting against the Bashar al-Assad regime. Some of those rebels include members of ISIS. Russia is trying to prop up the Assad regime and is targeting Syrian rebels, including members of ISIS.
Shooting down a Russian warplane was incredibly stupid. This wasn’t an accident or a screw-up. Turkey purposely shot down a Russian aircraft. Even if the Russian jet strayed into Turkish airspace, something Russia adamantly denies, shooting it down was not a sane response. Military aircraft stray into foreign airspace all the time. It’s not like there’s a visible line separating one country’s airspace from its neighbor. When Turkey claims that the Russian warplane crossed its airspace, what theiy meen is the electronic dot representing the Russian bomber crossed an electronic line on a radar screen .
What a stupid reason to start a war.
Because Turkey is a member of NATO, it means that when Russia retaliates, and they almost certianly will, the United State is legally obligated to defend Turkey.
I don’t envy President Obama right now. It’s events like this that show people like Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, or Ben Carson are woefully under qualified for the job of commander-in-chief. I’ll freely admit that I think it would be funny to see a buffoon like Donald Trump in the White House, but it’s things like this that show what a serious job it is to be president.