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    Zbigniew Brzezinski

    Brzezinski: Luckily, Russian Su-24 Was Not Shot Down by Washington

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    In what might come as a surprise, Zbigniew Brzezinski, a prominent geopolitical strategist and a former National security advisor, downplayed tensions between the United States and Russia, as well as between Moscow and Ankara after the Su-24 bomber was shot out of the Syrian skies by the Turkish Air Force.

    All sides opted for a measured response to what transpired on November 24 in the Syrian airspace, the analyst said in an interview with Politico.

    The Russian Su-24 bomber crashes in flames in a mountainous area in northern Syria after it was shot down by Turkish fighter jets near the Turkish-Syrian border November 24, 2015.
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    The Russian Su-24 bomber crashes in flames in a mountainous area in northern Syria after it was shot down by Turkish fighter jets near the Turkish-Syrian border November 24, 2015.


    "Putin blew out some steam but subsequently began to talk about coping with the problem. The Turks proved to be resilient and tough but without exaggerating the collision. … So in effect the parties to this unfolding drama have become more reasonable," Brzezinski observed. "But I think it was quite lucky the shoot-down in Turkey was not done by us."

    The Cold War hawk is also quite optimistic when it comes to relations between Washington and Moscow, which many describe as no less than the second installment of the Cold War. These tensions, according to him, are "serious but not fatal."

    "I may be naïve but I think this is one of those situations in which the stakes are not that dramatic," Brzezinski noted.

    In fact, the analyst believes that major powers could well move beyond the Su-24 incident, put aside their differences and focus instead on finding a solution to the Syrian conflict since they have a shared interest in regional stability and would prefer to avoid confrontation in other areas.

    "In effect, we might be on the brink of some progress among the major powers regarding not just the Turkish-Russian skirmish, but towards some salutary accommodation regarding containment of wider regional violence," Brzezinski noted.

    On November 24, a Turkish F-16 shot down a Su-24 bomber involved in Russia's counterterrorism operation in Syria.

    Ankara claimed that the aircraft had violated its airspace, although it was shot down over Syrian territory. Russian officials and the Su-24 pilot, who survived the crash, insisted that the plane did not cross into Turkey. Moreover, the crew, according to the pilot, did not receive any warning prior to the attack.


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      A very important person. We can say that he is the inventor of the terrorist wars backed by the USA, from the time he was President Carter's adviser. This is a very high position in the USA.
    • avatar
      It's a common trait with the loosing side Isn't it, that they always play dirty?
    • bugei009in reply toPelagius(Show commentHide comment)
      Yes in awareness & agree. His son Ian is high placed in the CIA & other son MIke is a Ambassador to Sweden

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      Anas Drak
      Things would be worse if USA was openly involved. But the fact is that both USA and Russia have already found a "modus vivendi" and one could say that they cooperate on many projects without problem. In the case of Turkey, USA preserves a kind of gentle neutrality , waiting for the winner of this kind of conflict. In any case USA will be on the winner's side.
    • bugei009
      This is a Ziggy quote from his Twitter page recently:

      Here's a What’s better: a billionaire outbidding everyone for the Presidency, or billionaires picking the candidates for the Presidency?

      Pure EVIL...
    • Pelagiusin reply tobugei009(Show commentHide comment)
      bugei009, I knew... actually it is too gigantic to believe it... planned centuries ago, to destroy every remnant of devout and natural life ... GNOSTIC-MANICHAENS will destroy the world as it was created and preserved for so long...
    • Ivan Buckeye
      I had the displeasure of meeting Brzezinsk in the early ninties and listen to his garbage. This guy is too old to be calling any shots whatsoever. The Cold War is over! Russians are not our enemy.
    • avatar
      NWO stooge Brzezinski pulls off the sleight of hand trick by making the trick card appear in Erdogan's pocket.
    • qvasko 15
      Only recently I ve begun to understand how much do I agree with this man in principle
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      Brzezinski should retire to an old age home with the insane John McCain and not keep making fake remarks meant to inflame the already dangerous situation in Syria and Iraq, where the West and Israel are looting Syrian and Iraqi oil via Turkey.

      Putin should be lauded for unprecedented restraints even when Turkey shot down a Russian jet, under the instruction of Obama, no doubt, when Russian jets are no threats to Turkey. Erdogan and his family are stealing oil and selling it to the West and Israel.

      Erdogan should be hauled to the ICJ for war crimes and for looting Syrian and Iraqi oil.
    • Ann
      Screw Brzezinski, he's a globalist neocon.
    • Ann in reply tobugei009(Show commentHide comment)
      bugei009, YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY CORRECT. The NWO must fail.
    • Ann in reply toAthanasios(Show commentHide comment)
      Athanasios, I think the people thumbing you down have no idea who Brzezinski is.
    • Ann in reply toAnas Drak(Show commentHide comment)
      Anas Drak, USA will stab them all in the back before it's over.
    • Ann in reply toIvan Buckeye(Show commentHide comment)
      Buckeye American, The Russians are the enemy of anti-Christian NWO. #IStandWithRussia
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      Matthewbleu2in reply toAnn (Show commentHide comment)
      Well said. And here the members of the new Axis of Evil who want to take revenge on Russia :

    • avatar
      Why bother to listen to Brzezinski? He is (and looks like) a living corpse that has somehow escaped being buried by history. What is it that Zbig can say about Russia that is not predictably vicious and stupid?
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      Athanasiosin reply toAnn (Show commentHide comment)
      , no problem. We all learn from each other and from Sputnik. Brzezinski's role was pivotal in the USA strategy using "friendly terrorists" all over the world to achieve an end.
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      Dream on
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      Brzezinski just want to play down what happened, since he knows that this could have been start of WW3. And I'm sure he was involved too and now finds that this was quite foolish
      and could have started WW3, if Putin would not have been in power.

      I think that Pres. Obama doesn't really do much of foreign policy and gives that topic away to think tanks and his vice president. Obama is more interested in domestic politics. That's also a difference between Republican and Democratic presidents in the US,
      that democratic presidents are more intersted in domestibc politics and Republicans more in foreign politics.
      IMHO, I consider Brzezinski more Republican than what he is (Democrat)
      at least when it comes to his opinion about Russia.
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