Turkey just shot down a Russian fighter jet along its border.
Both Russian pilots are reportedly dead, with one corpse already photographed by gloating Syrian jihadis and tweeted out through social media. Shortly afterwards, a Russian rescue helicopter went down in the area, according to reports.
The Pentagon is already distancing itself from Turkey, calling it a matter between Turkey and Russia. Putin’s initial reaction, calling Turkey’s action a “stab in the back” and promising a response, is about as angry and hot-headed as I’ve seen Putin since he first came to power in 1999 in the wake of a series of apartment building bombings in Moscow and southern Russia, vowing “if we find them [Chechen rebels] on the shitter, we’ll whack them in the outhouse.”
Putin followed through on his threat—with a gruesome war, filtration camps, and years of death squads. (I wrote about those brutal wars in Chechnya and the messed up neocon oil geopolitics in the Caspian region for NSFWCORP here, here, and here).
Wars have a funny way of taking on a life of their own…