Russian Tragedy

Yes, believe it or not, I’m writing about something other than SJW howler monkeys today.  I know… I’m as shocked as you are.

A horrible tragedy befell a Russian aircraft today. This is absolutely horrible, and despite any feelings I may have for the current Russian leadership, I feel for the families of the 224 people aboard who died today.

Russian state media reported that many of the 217 passengers were Russians returning from vacation. The passengers were reported to include 17 children. There were seven crew members.

The plane had departed the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, near the southern tip of the Sinai, on a flight to St. Petersburg, Russia. The plane vanished from radar 23 minutes into the flight, at 6:20 a.m. local time.

Where's the vodka? Go get 'em, Vova!

Where’s the vodka? Go get ’em, Vova!

There have been rumors that Islamic terrorists took credit for the crash, although my initial thought – until more is determined – is that the pig humping scum are merely taking the opportunity to take credit for this tragedy.

(I will also admit there’s a small part of me wonders how long it will take the Russians to characterize this as an act of western provocation and somehow blame us, but that feeling is much overshadowed by compassion and honest sympathy for those who have lost loved ones in this disaster.)

The weather was clear, according to preliminary reports, and the pilot had reported technical difficulties before the plane disappeared.

I can guarantee you one thing, though: if IS or any other frothing fundamentalist Islamic cult is shown to have had any involvement in this tragedy, I will sit back and watch as Putin decimates anyone or anything having to do with the culprit.

And I will cheer him on. Bring on the vodka and popcorn!

18 responses

  1. Sit back and watch? Me, too. Seriously, the downing of the Malaysia passenger jet over Ukraine was inexcusable. There is a commercial passenger that passes close to China’s artificial turf in the South China Sea. If you can’t even get on a passenger plane with any confidence that you’ll arrive at your destination, there is something wrong in this world.

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  2. A couple of the reports I’ve read comment on how Daesh doesn’t have any missiles capable of reaching that altitude. My first thought was “All it takes is someone putting something in the plane on the ground”. My heart goes out to the families, but it’s possible however improbable that Daesh could have done something.

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    1. Yeah. Especially, since the pilot reported technical difficulties.

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  3. I share your compassion for the victims in this, but I must say I can’t imagine even contemplating being a tourist in the Mideast, any of it. Russian tourists in Egypt?… and I’ve got to wonder why there were so many women and so few men? All those women and only 17 “kids?” This doesn’t seem like a tourist bunch to me.

    So many unanswered questions. Heck… so many questions so far unasked!

    But I’d be tickled pink if Putin and his merry bunch got serious about the monsters there in the Mideast… And I’m sure it isn’t only the US government being urged by some to “glass the place.”

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    1. From what I understand, the beaches in Egypt are actually pretty nice, but I can’t see taking kids over there either. I don’t know. Egypt would be close to the bottom of my places to take a vacay right now.

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      1. mamaliberty2014

        Lots of beautiful places in the world to visit, if one has the time and money to do so, naturally, but I never cared much to travel.

        Most of my “vacations” were at home, trying desperately to catch up with myself, and a memorable one was spent in the hospital, finally dealing with a very sick gallbladder. I spent six weeks once with a medical mission to Baja, Mexico, and went on a camping trip across the northern US and southern Canada, but that’s about it.

        But each to his/her own, of course. If Russians want to vacation in a war zone, who am I to complain?🙂

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        1. My vacations lately wind up at home, doing my second job in order to make ends meet. At some point, it would be nice to actually have a real one!

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      2. Our ‘vacations’ have been to our parents’ houses ever since Little Britches was born. I’m hoping that if we can get our finances in order this next year we might be able to go someplace the following year. Kids cost A LOT of money.

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  4. I hope we never get so involved in intellectual disputes and FB battles and Twitter wars and general InterWebNet dumbassery that we forget, if even only momentarily, that there is a real world out there, filled with real death, real disasters and real tragedy. May God grant peace to the souls lost in the air crash and comfort to their loved ones.

    Another tragedy is that many more now fear the Bear than the Eagle.

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  5. This Russians aren’t known for taking care of their mechanical equipment, which may explain the accident. But Islamo-Fascists are known to commit wonton acts of butchery on innocents, leading to another possible explanation. The Russians are known as violent responders to terrorism, so that pesky ISIS problem might just be a thing of the past. Here’s to a utilitarian solution! 🍷

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  6. mamaliberty2014

    We live in a very interesting time (Chinese curse variety) and it may just have gotten even worse. Did the Russians have any incentive to cause this crash… to reduce the “qualms” about the campaign in Syria? Did ISIS plant a bomb on the aircraft, since it was flying too high for any missile they have (or they are believed to have)…

    We’ll probably never know for sure. Just remember how many times Bin Laden was “killed.” Which version works for you?😦

    ISIS Releases Video Of Alleged Russian Airplane Mid-Air Explosion After It Claims Responsibility For Disaster
    http://lewrockwell.us7.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=6ad24f4cd1574f1f7b8a0a03a&id=921b16d023&e=49b37d7ee4
    The question now is did ISIS use a US-made surface-to-air missile to start what may be a very unpleasant war.

    Also, does Russia get a carte blanche to begin attacks on ISIS in Egypt now, the same Egypt which recently “purchased” the two Mistral ships made by France, which were meant to be bought by Russia in a deal that was scrapped in the last minute due to NATO intervention?

    One thing is clear: if the Russian population had any qualms about continuing the campaign in Syria, they were just eliminated in perpetuity.

    We now await the Russian response, against both ISIS and its direct and indirect sponsors.

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    1. As far as I know there have been zero qualms in Russia about their Syria military campaign. None. They’ve all been pretty supportive, so that’s not an issue.

      The plane was out of MANPAD range, and the Russians reject that theory as well. Why would the Russians reject it if they needed the IS claim to be true?

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      1. I have no idea, Nicki.🙂 But then I have never given the Russian “rulers” any more credit for rational thinking than I ever gave the criminals in D. C. Was just speculating on the article.

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  7. I remember in the 70’s Jane Curtin on Sat. Night Live Weekend Update, news headline reading that a jumbo jet crashed in China, killing 400 or so, but who cares, no Americans were on board. Poking fun at the attitude we here in the west had of our own self importance. Has anything changed?
    I realize that the people of a country are far different from the government of the country. My heart grieves with all the families of those lost in the crash. And also for those affected by the aftermath of the crash and what it could mean politically and militarily for the affected area.
    We are living in dangerous times, indeed.

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  8. Deepest condolences to the families of the victims.

    ” Islamic terrorists took credit for the crash,” There’s another old saying that applies here, Be careful what you wish for, you might get it. I don’t think I would want to piss of Vlad.

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  9. I notice that nobody suggested that Our Dear Leader might take the lead in ….

    Oh. Right; “might take the lead in ANYTHING!”

    Sorry, Bit of a Flashback to the ’80s there.

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  10. I read someplace that the aircraft involved in the incident had suffered a tailstrike a number of years ago. My bet’s that faulty repairs ultimately caused the crash. JAL 123 and China Airlines 611 both went down for the same reason: explosive decompression caused by faulty or substandard repairs following a tail strike. And like frjim123 said, the Russians aren’t exactly known for their maintenance standards…

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    1. Knowing the Russians, I wouldn’t be surprised.

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