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My belief is that Erdogan may be on the fence with the West and is aligning himself with Russia.
The coup was widely believed to be faked and there seemed to be strong evidence of this. I initially believed that but have also heard that it was not faked but either completely botched by Western intelligence or intended as a warning shot, and Erdogan capitalized on it to clean house of enemies. Erdogan's opponent Gulen has links to the CIA and currently resides in the US.
The plane that was shot down by Turkey might have been Turkish retaliation for interrupting ISIS oil flow but also may have been Western intel (Israeli/US/NATO) in an attempt to drive wedge between Turkey and Russia. This shooting might have been a continuation of this campaign, or could be different: staged by Turkey as a 'unity moment' and excuse to join together with Russia to crack down on both ISIS and radical militant 'rebels' in Syria. Turkey may be willing to tolerate/cooperate with Russia in Syria to bring swift end to war and allow Assad to end Kurdish movement for independence which threatens a huge chunk of Turkish territory. Now that it is clear the 'rebels' are losing the Syrian 'civil war' and Trump (who has spoken out against destabilization of the Middle East) has been elected, Turkey may see the writing on the wall and is pivoting towards Russia/Syria/Iran.
Turkey and Russia seem to be acting in a coordinated fashion in response to this saying this was intended to separate Russia and Turkey who they say 'are stronger than ever' in the wake of the shooting. Western media seems off balance and appears to lack the pre-prepared propaganda narrative they usually have following these staged events. Although CNN ominously called it a 'major turning point' in one segment.
On the other hand this along with the ISIS truck attack (almost certainly hoax) in Berlin times well to distract from Trump. Though the ISIS attack in Berlin could be meant to distract from the Russia shooting and/or Trump official victory.
Any commentary on this or alternative viewpoints are welcome.
Last Edited By: psmith85 Dec 27 16 1:45 PM. Edited 7 times