PJW discusses the Middle East to provide context to Monday’s assassination of Russia’s ambassador to Turkey without once mentioning Israel.
Nor does he mention Obama’s promise to retaliate against Russia for stealing the election from Hillary Clinton.
PJW correctly characterizes Turkey as no true friend of the West, but stops there. The relationship between Turkey and Israel is not explored, as it should be. It’s within the realm of possibility that a hit on the ambassador was ordered by Israel or the U.S., or both, but Watty doesn’t bring that up either.
Russian president Putin has stated his determination to have good relations with Turkey and to create a peaceful Syria. He asks who gave the orders to the assassin:
Putin, no dummy, suspects that Obama/Hillary (via the CIA) put the hit out, as discussed in the comments section at Zerohedge.
The MSM is treading lightly on this story of murder and political intrigue:
ISTANBUL — Russia’s ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, was shot and killed in Ankara on Monday by a young Turkish policeman who cried out that it was “revenge” for Russian bombing that killed civilians in Aleppo, witnesses said.
Karlov was attending the opening of a photography exhibition at a city gallery close to the U.S. Embassy when the assailant approached him and fired at close range.
The gunman was dressed in a black suit, the standard plainclothes uniform for protective security details, and got into the event by claiming to be Karlov’s bodyguard, witnesses said.
As he started to fire, he shouted in Turkish that he was avenging the deaths of civilians in Aleppo and in Arabic that his action was a part of jihad or holy war.
“We will not forget Aleppo, we will not forget Syria,” he said in Turkish. “No one can be safe as long as our brothers there are not. Get out of my way.”
Then he declared in Arabic, “Allahü Akbar!” (God is great!), and quoted a follower of the Prophet Mohamad, ‘We are the ones who pledged Bai’a (fealty) to Mohammed on the terms of jihad as long as we live.”
Several Turkish media outlets are now reporting his identity as 22-year-old riot policeman Mevlut Mert Altintas and the mayor of Ankara has said that he was off-duty at the time of the incident. The Daily Beast cannot confirm this information.
Reaction in both Russia and Turkey has been swift, incensed and conspiratorial.
Alexey Pushkov, the former head of the foreign affairs committee of the Russian State Duma, or lower house of parliament, has claimed the killing was a direct result of media “hysteria” concerning Aleppo, purveyed by “enemies” of Moscow. Vladimir Zhirinovsky, a far-right Russian nationalist parliamentarian, claimed that the West orchestrated the shooting to prevent Turkish-Russian rapprochement following close to a year of a breach, which has gradually narrowed in recent months.