Turkey’s Erdogan has a minor problem. A Turkish bomber released a missile whose target was to destroy a Russian bomber flying over Turkish airspace. A direct hit, the pilot and co-pilot ejected, one died as he entered enemy territory, the other made it safely to ground. Putin is not taking this lightly, he demands an apology from the unapologetic Islamist. More heat is expected soon from both sides as the war of words continues.

We recall Erdogan’s demands of Israel to apologize for shooting up the Turkish enterprise MV Mavi Marmara, killing nine as the flotilla tried to skirt and Israeli blockade and enter Gaza. This was a provocation. Netanyahu apologized on behalf of his nation; Erdoğan accepted the apology and both agreed to enter into further discussions. Now that the shoe is on the other foot, Erdogan has said no, he will not apologize. We wait and see if the dog heels to Russia’s demands.

Currently many questions remain; for instance was the Russian jet flying over Turkey as Erdogan describes or was it in Syrian airspace? Russia, when can you trust the bear, says it was over Syria. Erdogan has upped the ante by telling Putin not to play with ‘FIRE.’ Those ware pretty big words for the diminutive Islamic dictator. Entering the 2nd week there still has not been a Turkish apology, but the rhetoric has subsided some what. However, Russia has cut various ties in addition to an embargo of Turkish goods. Our bet, being the paper dog Erdogan is kisses up to Putin sooner or later.

Map of Syria showing approximate location of Russian Su-24 crash site

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