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Foreign Affairs

World War III Closer Despite Trump Promise

Written by Joe Scudder

With Russia announcing that all planes over Syria will be treated as “targets,” we have moved closer to the start of World War III.

Many of us voted for Donald Trump because he was against starting World War III over Syria. He campaigned on that platform, warning that Hillary Clinton as President would mean conflict with a nuclear power over an issue that means nothing to the national interest. He promised he would never start World War III with Russia for such a stupid reason.

But, so far, we’re still risking that outcome.

The Telegraph reports, “Russia to treat US jets in Syria as ‘targets’ after America guns down first regime warplane.

Russia has said it will treat US warplanes operating in parts of Syria where its air forces are present as “targets” amid a diplomatic row caused by the downing of a Syrian jet.

The country’s defence ministry said the change in position would apply to all aircraft, including those operating as part of the US-backed coalition.

It will also suspend a hotline between Russia and the US set up to prevent mid-air collisions.

The ministry said in a statement: “All kinds of airborne vehicles, including aircraft and UAVs of the international coalition detected to the west of the Euphrates River will be tracked by the Russian SAM systems as air targets.”

The warning followed after a US F-18 Super Hornet shot down a Syrian army SU-22 jet on Sunday in the countryside southwest of Raqqa…

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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