Opinion – Putin agrees with Hollande to focus strikes on ISIL – POLITICO – John Gelmini

Dr Alf brings us a thoughtful post, in which we see the spirit of the old Entente Cordiale between Russia and France, revived for the common purpose of doing something about ISIL.

Because of Obama’s dithering, we now learn from other sources that ISIS has now copied the North Vietnamese by tunnelling beneath houses in the cities which form their strongholds and running electricity into the system so that they can survive the bombing. It seems they have been tunnelling using jackhammers, whilst their leaders have already decamped to Mosul, where no doubt they will be mixed in with the population as “human shields”.

Rooting out ISIL is going to take huge numbers of “boots on the ground” and very high casualties because we have allowed our squeamishness about civilian casualties to override our need to protect the lives of our troops. Turning the area into a “Free fire zone”, having surrounded it with troops and some of the new storming robots and then using bunker busting thermobaric weapons would spare our troops and get the job done including blowing up the ISIS tunnels. But because of Obama’s weakness, there will now be huge collateral damage.

The US was not so squeamish when it fire bombed Tokyo, used an atomic bomb on Hiroshima or used incendiary devices on Dresden during World War II to raze that city to the ground. Then we had the will to win and get the job done. Russia, France and the rest of us must find it again or we will all pay the price later. There’s no point in waiting for Obama to take the lead – this would take a Pearl Harbour type escalation.

John Gelmini

Opinion – Ankara defends ISIS, Turkish officials have financial interest in oil trade with group – PM Medvedev — RT News – John Gelmini

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English: Seal of the President of the United States Español: Escudo del Presidente de los Estados Unidos Македонски: Печат на Претседателот на Соединетите Американски Држави. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dr Alf makes interesting points, but America does have influence over Turkey, which sent troops to fight with it during the Korean War and provides America with basing rights at the massive Airforce base at Incirlik.

Turkey has been allegedly providing logistical support to ISIS via hospitals where Turkish doctors and nurses treat injured fighters prior to letting them through the border to return to the fray. Turkey has been doing that for at least a year before the downing of the Russian fighters.

ISIS has been stealing oil and mixing it with Iraqi oil for some time, so motorists and van drivers in the UK and Europe buy quite a lot of it without knowing. The rest goes into Turkey and has been doing so for some time and certainly for longer than the period between Medvedev’s comments on RT and now.

Are we expected to believe that the Americans, who in 1989 could read the writing on Russian soldiers epaulettes from space, are unaware of this and somehow kept it from Obama and his Administration?

Obama is a sorry excuse for an American President and “Leader of the Free World”; he has a double and triple agenda and is thoroughly untrustworthy. In President Erdogan of Turkey, he has found someone, even more cunning and duplicitous than he is. Turkey, a country not known for Ministerial probity, does not rank highly on the UN “Global Corruption Index”, so it is likely that as ISIS oil goes into Turkey some of the proceeds from its sale stick to the fingers of Erdogan’s Ministers, as Medvedev seems to be implying.

John Gelmini