People gather at the airline information desk at of Russian airline Kogalymaviaís desk. (Image source)
Many people here in Britain switched on their TV this morning to the news that a Russian airliner full of civilian passengers flyng from Sharm el Shiek to St. Petersburg has crashed in the Sinai Peninsula, Egypt. Following the worst Russian air disaster in recent history, the questions all news channels asked was, what happened and who is responsible?
It is worth noting perhaps, one thing that did not happen was Vladimir Putin going on TV to claim he had irrefutable evidence that the United States and its proxy in the Syrian Civil War, ISIS, were responsible in the way the clown Obama did rather to quickly after the dowing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine, when Oh Bummer was on TV almost before the plane hit the ground.
I'm sure there is no need to remind anyone that in spite of his claims and a lot of ranting from negrophiles and America worshippers, not a single shred of evidence has yet been produced to back up Obama's claims, even the official inquiry into the catastrophe carefully sidestepped the issue of identifying a culprit.
Putin is not such a fool as Obama and the Russian government avoided making any statements beyond saying the cause of the disaster was not know at such an early stage.
By late afternoon we had an answer that might have satisfied hotheads (and certain people we know who claim to be university lecturers or janitor or something). A militant group affiliated to Islamic State in Egypt claimed responsibility for the downing of a Russian passenger plane that crashed in Egypt's Sinai peninsula on Saturday, the group said in a statement circulated by supporters on Twitter.
Below is the full statement from a group alleging to speak on behalf of Islamic State, posted on their affiliate site, translated by the Guardian's Jahd Khalil. It offers no evidence that the group brought down the plane, apart from their word.
Breaking: Downing of Russian airplane, killing of more than 220 Russian crusaders on board.
Soldiers of the Caliphate were able to bring down a Russian plane above Sinai Province with at least 220 Russian crusaders aboard.
They were all killed, praise be to God. O Russians, you and your allies take note that you are not safe in Muslims lands or their skies.
The killing of dozens daily in Syria with bombs from your planes will bring woe to you. Just as you are killing others, you too will be killed, God willing.
An analyst with the Center for American Progress, Mokhtar Awad, told the Guardian that the Islamic State’s claim of responsibility "is quite vague.
“It doesn’t state how they were able to ‘down’ the plane allegedly. Even the most sophisticated of portable surface-to-air missiles cannot reach that high an altitude and are only a threat during periods of take-off or landing, but the plane had already climbed to its target altitude (from what we know thus far) when it began to likely experience technical failures.An analyst with the Center for American Progress, Mokhtar Awad, told the Guardian that the Islamic State’s claim of responsibility "is quite vague.
An Al Qaeda affilited group in Egypt also took to Twitter to denounce the ISIS which allegedly showed the dowing on the aircraft as a fake.
Then again, it could simply have been a bomb planted on the plane and set to explode after 20 minutes of flight time.
Even Russia's transport minister Maksim Sokolov has said that the claim Islamic State militants brought down the plane "can’t be considered accurate".
A quite different response from the level headed Russians, totally different to that of the trigger happy warmongers of Washington. But you can bet if ISIS are involved in any way the retribution will be swift and efficient. Which is why Russia is now the dominant power in the middle east and Obama is still making petulant threats.
As this publication has always warned, "Don't fuck with the Russians."
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