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Reader comment on item: Why Erdoğan Decided to Shoot down a Russian Plane

Submitted by Barry Black (United States), Dec 12, 2015 at 11:04

The simplest explanation that fits the facts is usually the best. Erdoğan supports the anti-Assad forces. Putin actively supports Assad with military and ordinance, which could be a game changer. Erdoğan had to show Putin he is serious regardless of the consequences. If all Putin does is apply economic pressure, Erdoğan wins----since when does a potentate worry about the short-term effect on his people?!

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