Russian pilot killed over Syria wearing a scapular December 2, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Christendom, disaster, Ecumenism, General Catholic, Holy suffering, persecution, Society, Tradition.
I haven’t posted much on the deliberate provocation by Turkey in shooting down a Russian Su-24M ground attack plane (very similar in most respects to the American F-111, though much less sophisticated and shorter-ranged) last month. This act – which almost certainly occurred over Syrian airspace after the jet had briefly transited a small extension of Turkey – was the culmination of a series of provocations on both sides of the conflict. Russian and Syrian jets have been locking their fire control radars onto Turkish fighter jets. The Turks for their part have been very aggressive in their air defense patrols and seemed to be spoiling for a fight. They have also violated Syrian airspace on a number of occasions, which resulted in the shoot down of a Phantom in 2012.
More broadly speaking, Turkey has been deeply involved in the Syrian revolt/civil war from its inception. They continue to arm and aid various guerrilla factions, the “secular” insurgency has always had a strong base in the north which receives Turkish supplies, and it has been revealed that Turkey is heavily involved in – and greatly profiting from – the illicit sale of ISIS oil extracted from Iraqi and Syrian wells. They have all but declared themselves active combatants. It will be interesting – and possibly quite alarming – to see how this tete a tete develops.
There’s been a lot of coverage regarding this downing, in which at least one pilot was killed while parachuting to the ground, or shortly thereafter. I found this post by Pertinacious Papist interesting, showing some of the effects collected from one of the dead Russians (others died in a combat search and rescue attempt):
I know that even today, in spite of increasing bias and even outright persecution of their beliefs (and concomitant indoctrination in all manner of progressive shibboleths), there remains a large number of solid Christian souls in the military. But I also know it has been specific DoD policy at times, especially among aircrew, to keep personal identifying characteristics to an absolute minimum on combat missions. For instance, name tags, national insignia and unit patches are not worn by combat crews on many missions – you can find numerous pics to attest to this fact. The policy is not universal, you can find pics of those in Afghanistan specifically that do wear patches and name badges.
I wonder whether this prohibition applies to religious items, as well, like wearing a crucifix or scapular when flying missions in the Mideast? USAF in particular has been hyper-anal about not “giving offense” to muslim host countries by banning numerous things permitted in the US – for one thing, alcohol on base, outward display of non-muslim religious symbols, etc. Women are expected to wear the hijab when off base in many countries.
All this causes me to tentatively conclude that it is more probable in this age that a Russian fighter pilot would be wearing a scapular over Syria or the Mideast than an American one. Sheesh.
At some point, the West is going to figure out they’re involved in a religious war. The only question is whether we figure that out before it’s too late.