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    Finian Cunningham
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    British officials have made an unseemly leap to speculate on a terrorist plot in the Russian airliner crash over Sinai last weekend.

    And Russia has understandably reacted furiously to the speculation, saying that it is too early to make such an assessment when crash investigators have not even compiled, let alone evaluated, evidence. 

    American officials, including President Barack Obama, are also now echoing the British claims of a bomb on the plane. The question is: why the haste?

    Within days of the Metrojet A321 breaking up in midair, Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron said it was "more than likely" that a bomb secreted on to the plane was the cause of the disaster, which took the lives of all 224 people onboard.

    Cameron's Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond, added that British intelligence points to an explosive device being a "significant possibility". No details were provided for why the London government was invoking this probability.

    From that assessment, British commercial flights from Egypt's Sharm El Sheik were promptly cancelled this week. Like Russia, Egypt has also responded with annoyance at the British rush to speculate.

    American officials appear to be following the British lead on the bomb theory. Initially, James Clapper, the US national intelligence director, told media that it was unlikely that a terrorist cause was to blame. Clapper didn't rule it out completely, and his focus in that unlikely event was on the outside possibility that an Al Qaeda-linked group could have possessed a surface-to-air missile capable of hitting a plane at high altitude.

    However, notably, following the British bomb assessment, the Americans have now taken up that idea. President Obama told American media on Thursday — five days after the disaster — that he believes there is a "serious possibility" that a bomb took down the Russian airliner.

    The day before Obama spoke, various US media outlets were also quoting unnamed officials as proffering the same speculation about a terrorist bomb plot.

    This image released by the Prime Minister's office shows the tail of a Metrojet plane that crashed in Hassana Egypt, Friday, Oct. 31, 2015
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    Russia has reacted angrily to the high-level comments from Britain and the United States. Quite rightly, Moscow has said that it is inappropriate to speculate at such an early stage in the crash investigation. A team of investigators are on the ground in the Sinai Peninsula where the airliner fuselage came down, still examining the aircraft remains.

    Moreover, when Britain, followed by the US, announced its terror concerns the examination of the flight data recorders (black boxes) was only just underway. It may take weeks before forensic analysis reveals if there are any chemical residues on the plane parts that would indicate if explosive device did indeed cause the aircraft to blow up. Other possibilities are that the plane broke up due to a mechanical rupture, or an engine combusted from its own fuel. 

    At this stage a calm circumspect, open mind is warranted. But not, it seems, for the British. Later this week, Britain's state broadcaster, the BBC, added more details to the bomb theory. Citing unnamed intelligence officials, it says that the Russian plane "had a bomb in the [luggage] hold". 

    According to the BBC: "Investigators in the UK's security services suspect someone with access to the aircraft's baggage compartment inserted an explosive device inside or on top of the luggage just before the plane took off."

    The Metrojet flight appears to have broken up some 23 minutes after take-off just after it reached its cruising altitude of 30,000 feet.

    The BBC reports that 10 months ago British intelligence officials had warned the Egyptian authorities to tighten up security at Sharm El Sheikh airport. A follow-up inspection found that the Egyptians had complied with the security tightening measures, although the British were, according to the BBC, still concerned that procedures may become lax again. 

    Sharm El Sheikh is believed to be a hub for British intelligence across the Middle East. They obviously know the airport well.

    The question is: why are the British, and the Americans, making such high-profile claims about terrorist involvement in the Russian airliner crash? The very public comments by heads of government have the connotation of an unseemly interest in politicising the incident.

    If Britain had sensitive intelligence on a terrorist input then why doesn't it share it discreetly with the Russian government? The British could also have just suspended commercial flight services with a low-key statement on security precautions. But the announcement this week to cancel flights was made in the context of Britain's "terrorist bomb theory" — as if to authenticate that claim as valid.

    In this regard, there is an obscene haste to turn a tragedy into a political football, as with the downing of the Malaysian flight over Ukraine in July 2014, when again the British and the Americans leapt to make premature judgements over the cause of the crash, and on that occasion to impute Russia or "Russian-backed rebels" in east Ukraine.

    So what is to be gained by London and Washington attributing the Russian airliner deaths to terrorism? It is not hard to imagine that both would like to see Russian President Vladimir Putin incurring a political backlash from his nation over what is Russia's worst-ever air crash. 

    The Al Qaeda-affiliate in Sinai claiming to have taken the plane down has said that the alleged attack was in revenge for Russia's military intervention in Syria, which has wiped out hundreds of Islamic State and other so-called jihadists.

    Russia's military intervention in Syria has so far proven to be a political success for Vladimir Putin. Russia has gained much kudos internationally for its decisive actions to eradicate vile terror groups and for helping to relieve the Syrian nation from a four-year war. Moscow has also taken the lead with respect to organising political talks between the government of Bashar al-Assad and constitutional opposition parties.

    Furthermore, Putin's military foray in Syria has discommoded Washington and London in their covert attempts at regime change in that country. The Western-backed covert war relying on sundry mercenary terror networks — mislabeled as "moderate rebels" in the Western media — has been brilliantly exposed and is being thwarted by Russia. Western vexation with Putin's masterstroke in Syria is palpable. 

    A month after Putin's stunning success in Syria, a Russian civilian passenger plane goes down over Egypt. A ragtag terror group claims responsibility in killing over 200 Russian civilians in revenge for Putin's anti-terror operations in Syria.

    Britain and America then move at the highest level of government — how unusual is that?— to back up the terrorist claims of a "spectacular" blow against Russia. The political motivation of undermining Putin seems clear — albeit despicably base given the loss of civilian life.

    Cameron and Obama are evidently being fed intelligence assessments of a bomb being stowed in the airplane's hold by terrorists.

    But here is a big one. The confidence by which these assessments of terror methodology are being made raises an even more troubling, darker question: was it really terrorists, or was it British MI6 agents palming the deed off as terrorists? 

    The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official position of Sputnik.

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      The British and American governments know it was a bomb because they trained, funded and supplied the bomber. How else would they "know"
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      The British and American governments know it was a bomb because they trained, funded and supplied the bomber. How else would they "know".
    • This reminds me of the israeli 8200 faked "communications" between the Syrian soldiers on the ground at the Al-Ghouta sarin false flag 2m from newly arrived UN Observers in Damascus !!! Where goyim children are killed with impunity it has to be the chosen jews, its that simple. Even that Sinai video may be a classic mossad template of archiving the incident like JFK zapruder,911 dancing israelis. I am sure they have a video of the USS Liberty attack as well on video at herzliya, mossad hq.
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      Viva Volodya !, As if the dumb rag-head cannibals would be sophisticated enough to know where exactly to locate themselves to video in the Sinai 23 minutes after take off when the plane would explode?!?
    • Mark Delmege
      'Russia is going to suffer from this incursion in ways they can't imagine are going to happen,'
      Oct 28, 2015 | by Bryant Jordan
      Russia's bid to prop up Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is going to cause them pain "in ways they can't imagine," the senior U.S. diplomat charged with organizing the war against the Islamic State told a Senate committee on Wednesday.
      Retired Marine Gen. John R. Allen, making his final appearance before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee as the special presidential envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, said Russia has miscalculated in its move to support Assad against homegrown resistance fighters.
      "The Russians are going to start feeling some serious pain on this," Allen said. "The [Assad] regime forces aren't doing that well under Russian close air support. They are underperforming, and I think the Russians are definitely dismayed by the performance of the regime forces under both Russian artillery support and aviation support."
      Allen said the Russian air and artillery strikes against Assad's opposition forces have actually caused various rival factions to start working together.
      "Russia is going to suffer from this incursion in ways they can't imagine are going to happen," Allen predicted.
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      I believe it was a bomb, I use to fly for a living and even with a total engine failure your aircraft just doesn't explode at 30,000 ft. You have to remember now the Muslim Brotherhood ruled Egypt for little over a year, at least 45% of the population were either hard core Islamist, or at least sympathized with the Brotherhood. Turkey, Qatar and Obama were big time sup[porters of the Brotherhood, so was ISIS. Unfortunately the Egyptian military has not weeded out all of there supporters and trained killers from sensitive positions like at airports. Egypt, Libya, Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon would be the very last places on earth I would visit with my family for a vacation. It's all part of the New World Order, we just have to keep fighting them and eventually put those parasites back into there bottle.
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      Let's see, ISIS is the divide and conquer false flag countergang of the US/UK/ISRAEL. So who, exactly, would have carried out the retaliation?
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      megargyin reply tobuckwheatisback(Show commentHide comment)
      buckwheatisback, If the tail didn't fall off you are right & it was a bomb but question is "Who's Bomb?" my money is on CIA/MI5 & Putin knows it & what can he do about it ?
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      Neil McGowan
      Because the plane dropped off the radar without a word from the crew.

      The bodies are burned and scarred.

      These things all mean 'explosion'.
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      mzungu in Africa
      If it was a bomb planted by some extremists then the US and its allies are ultimately responsible.
    • Natasha Haas
      Questioning everything Russia does and nothing of their own doing is the way the 'coalition' conducts business. Much like their stock markets, they are interested in the quarterly results instead of the long term impact of their policies. Deflection is their middle name. They level a hospital in Afghanistan and get caught only to blame Russia for leveling many hospitals elsewhere. As ridiculous as it may seem, to some degree its working as the populous in the US has an unparalleled short attention span.
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      b00049568in reply toMark Delmege(Show commentHide comment)
      Mark Delmege, a very key point indeed!
      Mark Delmege, Also note the Ashton Carter statement played again and again on CNN " Russia will pay the price". (before the bombing)
      Of course this doesn't mean that they were behind it . It seems plausible though that they picked up a considerable amount of "chatter" from either terrorist groups or state sponsor/s. And like I mentioned it must have been a very very very sophisticated terrorist group if it was the former.
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      The above point burned in my mind when I heard the plane crash. Of course this is one point only and has to be looked at in conjunction with many many many other points to form an accurate picture , something the experts will surely do.
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      Lots of comments exactly as I am thinking - they 'know' because they knew in advance? It seems more than likely given the open hostility toward Russia from the UK and US.

      Russia is making the US and UK look bad in Syria - Russia have accomplished in a few weeks what the US and UK have been unable to do in years. The difference? The will to actually stop ISIS.
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      I kind of like the article, but the baiting to force reading every word is a bit dehumanizing and irritating. The headline poses the question. The question appears unanswered twice at 50% and 75%. Then we finally get a position in the very last paragraph. Very poor tactic.
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      jasin reply tomzungu in Africa(Show commentHide comment)
      tbuschmann, I agree with you. The line is so blurred adn the US has crossed so many, no difference between them and the people actually raping civilians and soldiers or shoving them into cages, etc. If there was a bomb that killed all of those Russians, it's an act of war. The UK tries to play this game of both sides. But it is in Egypt now not to help, but to gain intel. Disgusting.
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      I completely agree with the author that by my observation of the Brithish- American Elite's Evil World Politics that this is the most clear case what has happened and why? to the Russian Passenger Plane A321!!!
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