Imagine if Mexico decided the US needed “regime change” after Donald Trump gets elected, and then began destabilizing the country by pouring weapons and support to anti-government militias. But then, the Cliven Bundy militia in Utah breaks away and begins trying to establish the sovereign state of Utah. So the Mexican air force begins launching air strikes against the Bundyites. The US, to counter-balance the Mexicans, invite the Canadians to help. Then ensues a crazy proxy war, with the Mexicans bombing parts of Utah while the Canadians are bombing the Mexican-sponsored insurgency. Somehow none of this is warfare. It’s just a great big bomb-b-que or something.
Then there’s a cease-fire agreed between everyone except the Mexicans, who continue bombing parts of Utah and finally bomb a US military convoy and kill 62 and wound 103.
To top it off, the Mexicans say “Sorry. But you shouldn’t have been there because that’s where we were going to bomb.”
The madness in Syria must stop. Actually, there’s a cease-fire except the US has decided the cease-fire doesn’t apply to their bombing ISIS. So it’s not much of a cease-fire, is it? Remember, the US is not the country that was invited to come bomb Syria. Russia is the only military power in Syria (except the Syrians) by invitation of the Syrian government. Meanwhile, the US’ angling-to-become-a-tin-pot-dictatorship ally Turkey decided, “what the hell!?” to invade part of Syria with tanks and to attack an ethnic minority. I’m having trouble stretching my ridiculous analogy any further, but imagine that Nicaragua decided to invade Florida in order to stamp out Disneyland. Because, in terms of international law, it makes about as much sense.
A senior administration official told CNN late Saturday the US relayed its regret through Russia for the “unintentional loss of life.”A statement from US Central Command said the coalition conferred with the Russian military before the strike.“The coalition airstrike was halted immediately when coalition officials were informed by Russian officials that it was possible the personnel and vehicles targeted were part of the Syrian military,” CENTCOM said.
The Russian military said 62 Syrian soldiers were killed near Deir Ezzor Airport, according to the state-run Sputnik News Agency. It quoted Russian Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov as saying two F-16s and two A-10s carried out four strikes.The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights put the death toll at 83 and said at least 120 soldiers were wounded.A US official told CNN they broadly described the geographic area to the Russians — as is customary — before the strike but did not give a precise location. The coalition thought it was going after an ISIS tank position.