Syria Down Russia Plane
By Micah Halpern
Tuesday September 18, 2018
I've Been Thinking:
Reports abound that Syria accidentally shot down a Russian IL-20 aircraft carrying 14 Russian servicemen.
Some background is required.
The Syrians have beefed up their anti-air defenses with the help of Russia. Yesterday - and the day before, missiles were headed toward the Syrian port of Latakia. According to Israeli sources, Latakia port was storing new weapons that would alter the status quo.
So Israel launched an attack against the weapons cache in Latakia.
On Sunday night Syria successfully struck some of the incoming Israeli rockets. But Monday night, rather than shooting down Israeli planes, they mistakenly shot down the planes of their ally, Russia.
One of the dangers of having hi-tech weapons is that when using them they can cause great damage.
The irony should not be lost. Russia improves the anti-missile defense system of Syria only to be shot down by that very system.
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