Well there, something we all knew, despite the protestations of much of the civilized world’s leadership.
Back on Halloween, I called it our “Lusitania moment.”
Under Vladimir Putin, such a possibility seems more sinister and imminent. More people died in this plane crash than died in the Paris attacks on Friday the 13th, and frankly, France’s diffuse but cosmetically dramatic response hardly qualifies as anything Lusitania-like.
Reactive, predictable, hollow: all describe France’s rote, chest-pounding response immediately after Friday’s shootings and bombings in its capital city. “Look everyone, we’re making the terrorists pay!” seem to plea France’s bombing of Raqqa.
Meanwhile, a measured, restrained Russia appraises the landscape as it preps more stringent vindications.