One looks as if it may have run it’s course. Another appears as if it still has legs. Let's catch up with that before it runs away!
The Turkish plane shot down by Syria.
I don’t want to rehash to much. You can get some background here: Turkey's President Abdullah Gul acknowledges Turkish jet in Syrian airspace: Updated!
It is clear the plane was in Syrian airspace and Syria did what had to be done.
I have questions. Which should not come as a surprise. Questions that beg asking. So, I am asking.
Where are the pilots? The Syrian pilot and the two Turkish pilots? Why is the media still reporting the Turkish pilots as missing?
Why has no one found the "defected" Syrian pilot? The media sure hasn't found him.
The Turkish Pilots.
It seems odd when just two short days ago PM Erdogan was quoted , directly quoted, saying
"At this moment the air force and navy are conducting search and rescue operations in the western Mediterranean and luckily our pilots are alive, we have just lost a plane,'' he told journalists while travelling back from Brazil.
Quote from Bangkok Post You can also find the identical quote available at the Jamaican Observer
I find it unbelievable that Erdogan would make such a statement to the world media, unless he had been made fully aware of the situation. It is simply not credible to think otherwise. He knew the pilots were alive he said so, very clearly, very explicitly. “Luckily our pilots are alive”
This extremely important admission has all but disappeared from the main stream media created narratives, especially western propaganda type outfits. The narratives today are leaning towards retribution, of course
Hillary Clinton and Britain display respective blood lusts
"We will maintain close contact with Turkish officials as they continue to investigate the incident and determine Turkey's response, including in the Security Council," she said. "We will work with Turkey and other partners to hold the Assad regime accountable."
NATO has said it will discuss Turkey's accusations, while Britain, another member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, has offered support for "robust" international action.Can't wait for the killing of innocents.
I spent some time perusing the media releases today and noticed the Turkish Pilots continue to go unidentified. Two days later. Odd. Considering the emotional appeal these faces would have at this time?
Worth taking the time to read
LVB @ LVB Research has gathered some interesting information and put it together in a post:
Was Turkish F-4 Shot Down By Syria Actually an Unmanned Drone?
Whether the pilots did indeed survive as Erdogan originally stated or if there were no pilots at all as LVB suggests, and makes a god case for, it won’t matter to NATO. The narrative is being created.
The Syrian "defector" pilot
Speaking of the emotional appeal of human faces..... where is the Syrian pilot?
Three days ago the main stream media outlets ballyhooed little else. What a coup this was! What a blow to the Syrian regime! I was expecting non stop heart tugging stories from this “defector” who at the speed of light was given political asylum in Jordan. All I got was silence.
Yesterday I mentioned the lack of pictures in the media. Where is the defector?
Today, my question was answered. A picture appears. Sort of.
Would you like to see the picture the NATO media is presenting for public consumption?
A military certificate belonging to Colonel Hamada, the Syrian air force pilot that defected to Jordan, is seen at his home near Idlib. (Photo: Reuters)
Anyone find that a little strange? Ok, how about a lot strange?
Did you notice this picture was taken at his home. That's what is stated below the picture "seen at his home"
Of course being so close up there is no way to ascertain this picture was taken in anyone's home. Let alone the "defectors" home
I expressed my suspicions about this so called defection in a lengthy post when the news first broke. There were a great many inconsistencies. Did the Syrian pilot willingly defect or did he have "incentive" to do so?
Odd that the “defection” was initially reported by Jordan as an emergency forced landing.
An emergency forced landing? How about an emergency forced landing, which was not voluntary and in fact may have resulted in the death of the pilot?
The propaganda value of such a “defection” was huge and yet still today there is only silence. The defector does not speak, there are no pictures of him “ripping of his medals and kissing the tarmac”. Though these pictures would have been great to bolster the claim of a willing defection they are sorely lacking.
A NYT’s article . Some of the language chosen for the narrative is unusual.
“It appeared to be a propaganda victory for the Syrian rebel movement”
A propaganda victory? Not a real victory?
There was also a claim made by the opposition that the Syrian Forces burnt the defectors home.
Activists reached in the northern city of Idlib, the pilot’s home, said Syrian forces had set fire to his house. It was impossible to corroborate that assertion.
Not likely. The Syrian Forces are otherwise occupied. The NYT’s doesn’t seem to take that claim as fact either. Makes one wonder about the picture on the wall?
Despite rebel assertions that Mr. Assad is now using warplanes against the rebels, there has been no independent verification that he has escalated tactics to that extreme.
As mentioned in my previous post
“All stories of Syrian troops using helicopter gun ships etc., have originated with the opposition. I haven't been able to find anything to really bolster those claims. Nothing credible that is.”
Of course a lack of credibility or truth or fact never stops the mainstream media from promoting an expedient narrative