Not since the Cold War has the United States been this aggressively engaged with the Russian military in fronts around the planet.
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s cocksure international diplomacy hasn’t created a loyal following among global citizens in recent months, as his military’s bizarre behavior in theaters such as Syria have caused major concerns on the world’s stage. Their possible complicity in a deadly chemical attack, and their likely role in the coverup, became apparent only after U.S. forces took the liberty of raining Tomahawk missiles down on the airbase from which the attack originated. Then, in defense, Russia poked back at the United States by declaring that any further military action in Syria would be met with force.
Similar threats have come in the case of North Korea as well, as Kim Jong Un has repeatedly threatened to annihilate the United States with a thermonuclear bombardment. Russia, sticking their nose once again where it doesn’t belong, warned the U.S. once more about retaliation for a preemptive strike.
Now, amid all of this turgid turmoil, the skies over Syria became the latest chessboard in the international urination competition.
“Two U.S. F-22 Raptors intercepted and fired warning flares at two Russian Su-25s over the tightly congested air space in Syria along the Euphrates River on Thursday.
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“The Russian fighters had crossed an agreed upon deconfliction line that runs parallel with the Euphrates River. The U.S. and its Syrian partner forces, known as the Syrian Democratic Forces, operate on the eastern side of the Euphrates, and it’s a region Russia and its Syrian regime allies are supposed to steer clear from.
“The F-22s fired warning flares to convince the pair of Russian fighters to leave the deconflicted airspace, according to Eric Pahon, a Pentagon spokesman.
“In late September, U.S.-backed Syrian fighters claimed Russian jets bombed one of their positions near a contested gas field, killing several of their forces.”
These F-22s are, coincidentally, the same sort of advanced American fighter jets that were recently delivered to the Korean Peninsula in order to participate in joint military drills between the U.S. and South Korea.
As for answers on how this current diplomatic dissonance between the U.S. and Russia will end, no one seems to have them. Putin, who is once again seeking reelection, could be the Russian alpha male for decades to come if history is any indication, and that certainly doesn’t bode well for a fizzling out of the current fireworks between himself and the American people.