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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Russia hunts for killer of pilot

When American sailors are taken prisoner at gunpoint, our Secretary of State apologizes to the hostage-takers and thanks them when they release the hostages. That's the way we roll.

When a Turkish fighter jet shoots down a Russian aircraft and a Turk kills the downed pilot for bombing his people, Russia goes all out for revenge. That's the way they roll.

Russian troops stormed Rabia, a Syrian town bordering Turkey in the hunt for Alparslan Celik, the man who claimed on a video that he killed the pilot on November 24th. 

"There is no place for a person who has bombed civilian Turkmens every day," Celik said. "Reprisal is the most natural right."

And here all along I thought it was life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

The Russians claim their special forces rescued the plane's navigator.

Vladimir Putin's government didn't say what they would do to Celik once they captured him, but I suspect they aren't planning on sending him to a Gitmo-like facility in Russia then let him go after a few years.

Before this action, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova (not an ice skater) ordered the Turkish government to "take immediate steps to apprehend Alparslan Celik and his accomplices and bring them to justice for the murder of the Russian pilot."

If anyone is going to do any murdering, the smart money is on Putin.