Turkey shoots down a Russian jet and we return to the 19th century

In Moscow's Shadows

Su24shootdownIs the shooting down of a Russian Su-24 ‘Fencer’ bomber by a Turkish fighter – the first direct NATO vs Russia combat incident – a big deal or not? My first thoughts are that the answer is probably not, at least not in the long term, but we can expect a fair amount of overt sound and fury on the one hand, and probably some covert retribution from Moscow, too. WW3 is not, however, on the cards.

The Russians are saying it was on the Syrian side of the border, the Turks say the plane was on theirs. I have no idea at this stage which is true, although it certainly wouldn’t surprise me if the Russian jet had intruded. Putting aside the (remote) possibility of pilot error, Moscow has been willing to cross into NATO airspace in the past and may even had an operational reason for doing so…

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Remembering George Raft

George Raft passed away thirty five years ago today. One of the great Hollywood stars! Gone but not forgotten!

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FALLEN ANGEL: THE FILMS OF ALAIN DELON – by Ric Menello | Ric Menello

http://ricmenello.com/fallen-angel-the-films-of-alain-delon-by-ric-menello/

David Thomson on Alain Delon | Film | The Guardian

http://www.theguardian.com/film/2010/aug/19/alain-delon-david-thomson

Sidewalk Crossings: Listy things — George Raft

Looking forward to seeing souls at sea and spawn of the north!! http://fencernanowrimo.blogspot.com/2011/11/listy-things-george-raft.html?m=1

Sidewalk Crossings: Day 5- Favourite love story in a film

Can’t wait to watch this movie, I’m such a huge George Raft fan.
http://fencernanowrimo.blogspot.com/2010/08/day-5-favourite-love-story-in-film.html?m=1

George Raft as radio detective

http://www.otr.com/blog/?p=73

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