Russia and her “Allies”
We confess we were caught slightly off guard by a Reuters headline last weekend which read: “Russia and allies to create joint air defense.”
What have we missed, we wondered? Were we asleep at the switch? Who are these fiersome new allies whose powerful air forces will be contributing to a mighty new security ring over Russian skies?
We weren’t suprised to learn that Russia needed help to protect its skies, of course. RIA Novosti had just reported that 70% of Russia’s famous MiG-29 fighter gets are unable to get off the ground because of woefully inadequate maintenance, and Reuters had reported that one-third of all Russian attack aircraft are unsafe to fly.
But we had no idea that other nations had stepped forward to bolster Russia’s flagging position. Reuters obligingly gave us the list:
Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Belarus and Tajikistan.
So that is it then. The jig is up! France, Germany, Italy, Great Britain and the United States are hopelessly outgunned and outmanned and will have to cede air supremacy to the devastating and rightly famous top gun fighter pilots from Uzbekistan.
Who do the Russians think they are fooling with this garbage? Surely, the only possible target for such a miasma of absurd lies would be the people of Russia.
But did they believe such absurd nonsense even in Soviet times?