Sunday, December 23, 2012

A Case of Mistaken Identity? Not at all

If you have ever been to South Sudan you would know that not a lot of aircraft roam the sky. Its an arid part of the world but very strategic to the Western world as it controls oil and the government is very friendly to the West unlike its northern counterpart, North Sudan brutal and corrupt. We live in an era of a second cold war. The war is fought between the West and the its old foes Russia, China And Iran.

The latest casualties of that war were four Russian "Peace Keepers" flying in a MI-8 helicopter over a South Sudanese military base. Is this an unfortunate case of mistaken identity, it could be but i don't think it is. The South Sudanese military was notified to be wary of North Sudan's special forces lead and trained by Russian special forces coming into South Sudan to set up reconnaissance facilities and to sabotage South Sudanese oil fields. When they saw the helicopter, the asked for permission to take it down and that was given to them.

This week the Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov, landed in South Sudan and demanded that the people responsible will be brought to justice. I don't think he will get it. They should be careful; if you decide to play with fire, you might get burned...