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This post was edited by abramicus at 2015-11-29 12:26|
There is a historical context to everything we say or do, whether we realize it or not, which sometimes emanates from our subconscious awareness of the connection between events.
On November 28, 2015, Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, in explaining why Putin signed off on a decree of multiple economic sanctions against Turkey, said, "The circumstances are unprecedented. The gauntlet thrown down to Russia is unprecedented. So naturally the reaction is in line with this threat."
This terminology is significant, even if it might have been entirely coincidental.
On June 22, 1941, after receiving confirmation of Germany's invasion of Western Russia that began in the wee morning hours of 4 AM that day, Stalin ordered his foreign minister (then, also acting as spokesperson for the government), Vyacheslav Molotov, to announce over the radio at noon, a response that used the same phraseology (maybe it is common for Russians to say it this way), as follows:
"Citizens and Citizenesses of the Soviet Union! Today, at 4 o'clock in the morning, without addressing any grievances to the Soviet Union, without a declaration of war, German forces fell on our country, attacked our frontiers in many places, and bombed our cities - Zhitomir, Kiev, Sevastopol, Kaunas and others . . . an act of treachery unprecedented in the history of civilized nations. The Germans - not the German people but their bloodthirsty leaders - had broken their faith with the Russians who had fulfiled all their obligations under the Pact of Friendship. The Red Army and Fleet, and the valiant falcons of the Red Air Force would drive back the aggressor. Our people's answer to Napoleon's invasion was a Patriotic War . . . The Red Army and the whole nation will wage a victorious Patriotic War for our beloved country, for honour, for liberty . . . Our cause is just. The enemy will be beaten. Victory will be ours."
The allusion to the invasion of Russia by Napoleon is not coincidental either. Operation Barbarossa (named after Emperor Frederick I of the Holy Roman Empire) and Napoleon's invasion of Russia began on the same date of June 22nd, separated by 129 years. And thus, the link between the Turkish attack on the Russian plane without any warning, does remind the Russians of both Operation Barbarossa and of Napoleon's invasion, all in one chain of memories. To make matters worse, after the military alliance was agreed upon between Germay and the Ottoman Empire in 1914, the Germans were reported to have aided in the supposed genocide of Armenians, who lost up to 3 million lives, under conditions of starvation, rape and murder. Thus, the association of the Turkish attack on the Russian plane with Nazi Germany through the coincidental or intentional use of the word "unprecedented" is a very bad omen for things to come, and very, very unfortunate for both countries.
Erdogan has a limited time to admit the mistake of his own military people, perhaps acting under an assumed permission from higher up to fire first and then look, when faced with a Russian plane near the Turkish air border, but which based on the objective evidence brought out by the Russian government, seemed to have taken place ENTIRELY in Syrian air space, for which there is no verbal justification possible, only apology, compensation, and a court-martial for its errant officers and commanders. This is the honorable way out for Erdogan. It is manly to admit a mistake and to make good the Russian losses. It is doubtful that the Russian data and analysis could be substantially different from the facts.