Putin and Hollande Go After
By Pepe Escobar
Clearing House" - "RT"
- It all started with French President Francois Hollande,
after the Paris attacks, having the temerity to advance the idea of
France working together with Russia in the same coalition against
ISIS/ISIL/Daesh in Syria.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip “no excuse”
Erdogan thought NATO and Russia by this time would be at each
other’s – Cold War 2.0 – nuclear throats, while Washington had
brushed off Hollande’s idea with a cascade of platitudes and
And in less than 17
seconds, Prime Minister Ahmet “I ordered it myself” Davutoglu
had authorized Turkey to shoot down a Russian Su-24 - only a few
hours before Hollande met with President Obama.
So everything seemed to be falling into place.
No chance of a new détente between the Atlanticist powers and
NATO. On the contrary. Erdogan was sure he had sabotaged for
good the Hollande-Putin face-to-face meeting in Moscow.
Not so fast, Sultan.
In Moscow, Hollande and Putin confirmed that
France and Russia will not be torn apart. The French leader
declared: "What we agreed, and this is
important, is to strike only terrorists and Daesh and to not strike
forces that are fighting terrorism. We will exchange information
about whom to hit and whom not to hit."
Now that unveils a thrilling horizon. In the
“to hit” section we already find Daesh and Jabhat al-Nusra,
a.k.a. al-Qaeda in Syria, which the Vienna negotiations have already
branded as terrorists.
And considering that al-Nusra has gobbled up,
co-opted or instrumentalized an array of Salafi outfits,
“moderate” or otherwise, it won’t be hard for the Russians to
convince the French these are all legitimate targets.
Also significant is that France will increase
support to “rebels” fighting Daesh on the ground; that’s
code for the YPG Syrian Kurds – one of Erdogan’s nemeses alongside
So the Sultan’s risky shoot down investment is not
paying too many dividends. What if Hollande came up with the same
old scratched Obama CD, as in “Assad just go”, while Putin
re-emphasized that “the fate of the president of Syria must stay
in the hands of the Syrian people"? Everyone knows this is not
the main priority of the Vienna negotiations. The main priority – as
reiterated by the declaration of war inbuilt in UNSC resolution 2249
- is to smash ISIS/ISIL/Daesh.
And then the clincher, as Putin and Hollande
reached a consensus: there will be a barrage of air strikes against
the fuel tanker truck convoys transporting stolen Syrian oil across
Daesh-controlled territory on the way to Turkey.
There goes in flames the profitable racket of
‘Sultan’s’ son Bilal Erdogan, a.k.a. ‘Erdogan Mini Me’, one of three
shareholders of marine transportation corporation BMZ.
Send in the Sukhois!
Putin delivered a sarcastic cruise missile as he
said it was "theoretically possible" that Ankara didn’t
know about stolen Syrian oil entering Turkish territory from all
points Daesh, but he added that was hard to imagine.
So leaving nothing to the imagination, one of
Russia’s S-400 AA missile defense systems is already on combat duty
at the Hmeymim airbase, and another one is on the way.
The ‘Sultan’ has been warned. From now on Russia
has three major priorities:
1. A de
facto no-fly zone already in effect south of the Turkish-Syrian
border enforced by the S-400s. Ankara is so scared it grounded even
owls and crows.
in effect; Russia will hit – hard - anything that suspiciously moves
on every transport corridor in and out of Turkey. Turkish
"humanitarian" convoys – carrying, what else, weapons – were
pulverized in Azaz, which is only five kilometers from the Turkish
border. And truck distribution points were also bombed near Raqqa.
in effect; Russia massively bombing the whole wide region where CIA
ops run a cash and weapon highway to the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and
“innocent” Turkmen. Russia started carpet bombing the Jabal Turkmen
area immediately after Russian pilot Lt. Col Oleg Pershin was
As I detailed
here, there is absolutely nothing “innocent” about this
whole war theatre crammed with a dozen al-Qaeda-friendly Turkmen
And there’s more.
Not only Russia will smash the
Turkmen/Chechen/Uzbek/Turkish Islamo-fascist militia connection in
Latakia Province; it will most of all smash the Syrian stolen oil
bonanza which benefits ‘Erdogan Mini Me’. Extra bonus: Smash the sea
tankers as well. Francois Hollande abides.
So ‘Erdogan Mini Me’ better seek refuge in Dubai.
But oops, that does not preclude an ”accident” after a wild night in
Highway to Hell
By now, Erdogan and ‘Mini Me’ must have gotten the
message. They thought they had it covered when they took out the
Su-24, which was not “violating” anything apart from the
ultra-lucrative dirty oil extravaganza that profits, among others,
‘Mini Me’. Get rid of a sell oil for Daesh program, defying a NATO
oil embargo? That’s an offer Russia cannot refuse.
At least two
major questions are left unanswered. How come the US-led
‘Coalition of Dodgy Opportunists’ (CDO), in over a year, never – and
the operative word is never – bombed any of the wheels in the Syrian
stolen oil machine?
And how come no one among the CDO – Americans
especially – did anything to prevent ‘Mini Me’ and others from
actually funding the Daesh racket for so long? The CIA obviously
knows all this and more, with geostationary satellites all over
‘Syraq’ working overtime.
Well, the CIA was too busy running the cash and weapons highway
through Turkmen Mountain to be disturbed by a mere oil smuggling op.
But now Russia is going after all of them; the CIA
weapon highway, the Turkish-enabled Jihadi highway, the Daesh-to-Turkey
stolen oil highway. Sultan and ‘Mini Me’, get ready to embark on a
highway to hell.