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Yesterday, CNN reported that US intelligence believes ISIS brought down Kogalymavia Flight 9268 — the Russian airline out of Egypt — with a bomb. This morning, the WSJ reports that the United Kingdom has come to the same conclusion and has grounded all flights out of Sharm El Sheikh, where the flight originated (there are thousands of Brits there currently on holiday). Several people on Ricochet have previously speculated that the plane was taken out by a bomb near its tail and the Islamic State has already claimed credit for this deed.
My question is this: what does it all mean? Is this the beginning of a broader campaign by ISIS against Russia? Will Chechnya once again explode in violence and terrorism? Will Russia become more involved against battling ISIS, at least to save face?
On a cynical note, I wonder if this is all a good sign. ISIS is striking Russia, which means they must fear them. Does that mean they’re going to ignore us? Can ISIS wage an effective terror campaign against the Russians and should we actually passively encourage it just to spite them? Or perhaps we can try to make common cause with the Russians against ISIS, using this terrorism as a pretext for joint action. After all, we must ensure the safety of intercontinental airline travel, an attack on one passenger plane is an attack on all passenger planes, etc., etc. I’m sure the irony of this would not be lost on the Russians.
So, is this the beginning of a concerted effort by Russia to eliminate ISIS, or just further proof that the world is spinning into chaos while Obama fiddles away on his global warming fiddle?Published in