Monday, July 18, 2016


Reuters --

At the height of the attempt to overthrow Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, the rebel pilots of two F-16 fighter jets had Erdogan's plane in their sights. And yet he was able to fly on.

Most of the reaction to this story has focused on the ostensible puzzle of why the rebel planes didn't take action. But isn't a bigger puzzle why Erdogan made the decision to fly to Istanbul in a civilian aircraft without being sure he had control of the skies, and without assurance that he could land at his destination, Ataturk Airport, which was then under control of the rebels?

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