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Russia blames Israel for Syria shooting down its spy plane

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Russia blames Israel for Syria shooting down its spy plane

A Russian Il-20 surveillance plane was shot down off the coast of Syria by anti-aircraft weapons that were attempting to target Israeli F-16s. Fifteen Russians were killed in the attack.

Russia is blaming Israel for it, claiming it was their attack near a Russian base that resulted in the downed aircraft.

Russia blames Israel after Syria kills 15 in Il-20 plane in air battle

https://www.businessinsider.com/russia-blames-israel-after-syria-killed-15-downing-an-il-20-in-air-battle-2018-9“The Israeli pilots used the Russian plane as cover and set it up to be targeted by the Syrian air-defense forces,” Russian media reported the Russian Defense Ministry as saying. “As a consequence, the Il-20, which has radar cross section much larger than the F-16, was shot down by an S-200 system missile.”

“As a result of the irresponsible actions of the Israeli military, 15 Russian service personnel perished. This absolutely does not correspond to the spirit of Russian-Israeli partnership,” the Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov told Russian state media, Reuters noted.

“We reserve the right to take commensurate measures in response,” Konashenkov said.

My Take

This is troublesome for one reason and extremely concerning for another. It’s troublesome because it likely means Russia will want more direct involvement in Syria’s defense. When weapons it supplied are used to take down its own aircraft, the practical and predictable response is to either downgrade involvement or ramp it up. Russia will likely do the latter.

It’s extremely concerning because of the clear threat made to Israel. “Commensurate measures” can be read in many ways, but based on Russia’s recent history this incident will likely be used as a get-out-of-jail free card for them to use at the right moment against Israel. How that manifests remains to be seen.

Russia wants to establish a stronger relationship with Israel, but Trump’s presidency has made that less likely. Just as President Obama pushed Israel towards Russia, President Trump is pulling them back away. This makes for an extremely interesting situation, especially with the need for Israel to proactively defend itself from terrorism and military efforts against it.

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Foreign Affairs

As Benjamin Netanyahu meets with world leaders, focus centers on Iran in Syria

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As Benjamin Netanyahu meets with world leaders, focus centers on Iran in Syria

The threat represented by Iran in the war-torn nation of Syria manifests in multiple ways. Other Middle Eastern nations are concerned that if Iran’s military is allowed to get entrenched in Syria, they will have too much direct access to the region in ways that threaten the peace. The United States and western allies are concerned that exerting control over the Syrian regime will turn them into a puppet state that will not solve the problems faced by the Syrian people.

Meanwhile, Israel faces the greatest threat as the nation that wants to wipe them off the map would be next door neighbors if they continue to fortify themselves in Syria. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu knows this all too well and has not been shy about expressing these views to the world. In fact, he did it today in meetings with 60 world leaders and followed up by sharing his perspectives on Twitter.

Iran is not Israel’s problem alone. They are a problem for all freedom-loving countries in the region as well as powers throughout Europe, Africa, and parts of Asia. Israel needs our support as well as the support of others who realize the threat Iran poses to us all.

 


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Former counterintelligence agent Monica Elfriede Witt charged for allegedly conspiring with Iran

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Former counterintelligence agent Monica Elfriede Witt charged for allegedly conspiring with Iran

What motivates people to defect from the United States to work with nations opposed to our way of life? We may never know what Monica Elfriede Witt was thinking when she defected to Iran in 2013, but one thing is certain. If the charges against her are true, her treachery may have put American lives in danger.

Though she defected in 2013, it’s unclear when her loyalty shifted away from the United States. She ended her official and contractor duties in 2010 after serving in a counterintelligence role since 1997, but it’s possible she was operating covertly even after that point. It’s conspicuous that a trip to Iran in 2012 was where she made contact for arrangements to move her to Iran permanently.

“The alleged actions of Monica Witt in assisting a hostile nation are a betrayal of our nation’s security, our military, and the American people,” said Special Agent Terry Phillips of the Air Force Office of Special Investigations. “While violations like this are extremely rare, her actions as alleged are an affront to all who have served our great nation.”

My Take

This is thankfully quite rare in the United States today… or at least we hope. Perhaps it should concern us that we’re just now hearing about her even though she defected nearly six years ago. No, I don’t expect the intelligence community to reveal their leaks while in the middle of an investigation, but it still seems a bit too long in the modern era for charges to be filed after it seemed pretty clear she had access to sensitive data and her defection was made known when it happened.

There’s no way to prevent every single potential spy or defector from infiltrating our intelligence services or sharing information with our enemies. If someone wants in, they can go through the long process of participating, pretending to be loyal while hiding their true feelings. Then, there’s the risk of radicalization; those exposed to the enemy may grow sympathetic to them over time.

It may be very scary to think someone with access to sensitive information, including the identities of current operatives, could be working with the enemy. Thankfully, these cases seem to happen less frequently in America than in other nations.

 


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Conspiracy Theory

Camp Century: The problem nobody wants to discuss

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Camp Century The problem nobody wants to discuss

What if I told you there was a nuclear waste dump buried beneath the ice in Greenland? What if I told you the United States military put it there and after leaving it, has not taken responsibility for its cleanup? What if I then mentioned it’s becoming a hot topic for climate change alarmists who are using it as one way to pressure the government into abiding by the Paris Climate Accords or some other variation of global warming adventurism?

What I’m talking about is Camp Century, and it’s going to be making the news more and more in coming years. Why? Because it was buried under snow and ice, but that snow and ice is melting. Unless conditions change, it’s going to be in open air soon enough, allowing for the possibility of contamination and nuclear challenges that can reach the entire northern hemisphere.

Before we get too deep into the dangers associated with Camp Century, let’s address the fearmongering. Those who do not believe that man-made climate change is legitimate need not worry too much about it. If the models continue to support the conclusion that temperature rising and falling is cyclical, then Camp Century will remain safely under the ice indefinitely. Recent evidence is pointing to this trend, though you may not know this based on headlines.

As our EIC pointed out on Twitter:

To elaborate on this, the headlines following the release of 2018 temperature numbers were generally negative, pointing to the alarmists’ narrative that global warming keeps making things bad for us. They made headlines like the one mentioned above, but buried deep in the stories was the truth: 2018 was actually COOLER than 2015, 2016, and 2017.

It’s important to note that I’m not a climate change denier. I do, however, believe climate change cannot be attributed directly to the carbon emissions of man, and moreover reduction of carbon emissions will not reverse the trend based on the scientific studies I’ve read. I believe it’s a cycle. I’m an environmentalist at heart who believes in protecting the world around us, but I’m not ready to go into a downward fiscal spiral over carbon emission alarms.

But, for the sake of argument, let’s say Camp Century is uncovered as a result of climate change or any other means. Should we be concerned about a natural disaster causing unnatural consequences? Yes, but not just because of the nuclear waste buried beneath the ice. It’s possible there’s much worse things down there to uncover.

Project Iceworm

Little known to the public is a plan to use Camp Century for more than its stated goal of arctic research. Project Iceworm was actually the primary goal of the United States military. Their hope: To place nuclear weapons in Greenland that could reach our Cold War enemies very quickly.

The project was allegedly scrapped when ice shifts happened much more rapidly than initially projected. Again, this is great fodder for global warming alarmists, but even if we argue the ice shifts were caused by global warming six decades ago, it goes against the other narratives that the ice has been melting dramatically for only about two decades.

Nevertheless, there may be more buried under the ice than just diesel fuel and some spent nuclear rods.

This video is made with a climate change alarmist spin to it. Don’t let that take away from the other information in it, which is very good and somewhat important. At the very least, it’s interesting to know we were trying to “nuke up” Greenland in the past.

 


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