Friday, November 20, 2015

Always sending a message

Vladimir Putin held a a video conference meeting today at the Kremlin with the heads of the various military sectors involved in his pro-Assad operation in Syria. Among the details, clearly intended for public consumption, they're using: Engels Air Base, named after Marx's intellectual companion Friedrich Engels; Mozdok Air Base, which for a time over the last 20 years looked like it was being downgraded not least because of proximity to Chechen rebel areas; and Olenya Air Base near the Arctic Circle, which at one time would have the forward base for a strategic bomber attack on North America. Also, one of the missile ships being used from the Caspian is named Dagestan (another restless Islamic territory and original home of the Boston marathon bombers).

Russia a place where history is everywhere.

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