One might be tempted, I guess, to think of the New York Times as Gog and Magog’s “Newspaper of Record.” The Times published a report today on the downing of the Russian Su-24, a report in which the pilots of the aircraft are said to have been warned “10 times in five minutes” to steer away from the Turkish border. This at any rate is the claim made by Turkish President Recep Erdogan, and the Times seems to give it full credence, even going so far as to inform us that the allegation was “later confirmed” by the Pentagon.
Well, I guess if the Pentagon and the Turkish president say it’s so, it must be so, but the claim rather inconveniently has been refuted by the surviving pilot, who presumably was not supposed to have lived through the incident.
“In actual fact, there were no warnings at all. Neither through the radio, nor visually, so we did not at any point adjust our course. You need to understand the difference in speed between a tactical bomber like a Su-24, and that of the F16. If they wanted to warn us, they could have sat on our wing,” said Konstantin Murakhtin.
The rescued pilot went on to add: “It’s impossible that we violated their airspace even for a second. We were flying at an altitude of 6,000 meters in completely clear weather, and I had total control of our flight path throughout.”
So I guess it all comes down to who you gonna believe…do you believe the Pentagon spokesperson (US officials being known universally for their truthfulness and honesty, of course) and the president of the country that has been facilitating the crossing of ISIS recruits over its border into Syria…or…do you believe the Russian pilot?