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17 March 2017


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Ok, here i some ridiculous if not so light story from Erdoganland:

The turks have found a cunning and ruthless way to punish the darn dutches, hurting the dutch where it'll pain them - at the cows.

There are living at least 40 dutch designed milk cows called the 'Holstein cows' in Turkey, producing a lot of milk (the dutch optimised them for that).

Clearly, after the dutch impertinences and their darn election they are no longer tolerable for the toughest pro-Erdogan turks.

Thus the grand business brain who owns the 40 cows came up with the cunning if not just brilliant revenge concept and demented that ...

* the darned dutch shall take the back the cows
* the darned dutch shall refund the money spent on these cows
* if they don't do that, then the 40 cows will be butchered
* and when they are butchered, and their beef will be fed to poor people
* Amen


This braindead idea will be hard to be overdumbed even by experts in that field like Mr. Erdogan.

True to themselves, the turks call the butcher the cows move a 'protest'. "Har, har, yes you darn dutch, take that, har, har, har!"

I think it put in real life words, is just a recordly dumbass dumb destruction of valuable property, likely because nothing better came to genius minds, and because it can be done.

My sceptic mind suggests me that, in light of that, the owner could have just burned the money he expended on buying the cows and invite the poors to warm themselves at the fire. Alas ...

Anyway, The cow butchery will hardly hurt the dutch ... somehow:

They'll learn that the turks are so Erdogan hard core that they blinkless even kill cows that feed them with milk ... and their owner likely only does that to feel like a real hardass man.

The dutch will likely just laugh incredulous, and go and have a pint of milk or beer over this idiotic absurdity. That'd be not unwise.

For me, having read that nonsense means it is already a time for Wild Turkey - and that right after breakfast ...


confusedponderer said...

"They'll learn that the turks are so Erdogan hard core that they blinkless even kill cows that feed them with milk ... and their owner likely only does that to feel like a real hardass man."

Very well said. and all of this from the very government that some years ago believed in peace abroad, peace at home. while they had good relations and economic benefit from Iran, Russia, and Syria. good tourism, etc. but they had to go and burn all of that just be a servant to uncle sam's flawed FP plans.

perhaps the real question should be, why are such 'hard core' polities are the friends of the west and Nato members, and hopeful EU "to be" members!!!?


I know not whether 'twas (pun) intentional or mere serendipity.

But 'Babi' in [aboriginal] malay means "pig"/"swine".


I also don't understand why this is a warning or even what the warning was. Israel has conducted at least six strikes in Syria in the last two years and Mezzah Airport (the reported target for this latest strike) was also hit by Israel in January and last December. That's three attacks at or near the same Syrian military facility in the past four months.

So, a few thoughts:

- I don't really see anything unusual here except maybe that Syrians actually shot back and the Israeli Ambassador to Russia was summoned for an explanation but we don't know what that means yet.

- The Syrians reportedly used their SA-5 (S-200) which is antiquated and not designed for use against tactical aircraft. It does have a long range, however, so it's not surprising that the missiles would burn-out and land outside of Syria.

- Secondly, given almost all of these targets have been inside the Damascus super-MEZ, it's quite likely Israel is using stand-off weapons. They may not even need to enter Syrian airspace given how close the targets are to the Lebanese border. For those that don't know, Israel routinely flies patrols and reconnaissance over Lebanon and that baseline activity makes it easy for Israel to limit Syrian/Russian I&W for these strikes.

- Finally, a rhetorical question: Where was Russia's supposedly awesome ECM that can supposedly turn off AEGIS systems and prevent F-16's from shooting down Erdogan's plane hundreds of miles away over central Turkey? Given the hype, one would think these systems should be able to do something in response to repeated Israeli attacks near Syria's capital city.


Old Microbiologist:

Ponder this one:


English Outsider

Highly specialised European breeds are not necessarily suitable. Maybe for the Turks, as is certainly the case with the Africans, they'd do better to dispense with these exotic imports and use their own stock that is better evolved to cope with local conditions.

Could be a moral in there somewhere.


The US does the drone mimicking a real plane for a very long time. It is nothing new


Have you any idea how much more milk those Dutch cow produce per day? Those modern milk cows produce 4 times as much milk as the milk cows did a 100 years ago


The rocket is but if it works it works and a meaningful improvement is hard. Improving the electronics on the other hand is easy mainly because of Moore's law

The Twisted Genius

Peter AU,

I haven't the slightest idea what these upgrades may be. I would think existing systems were integrated into the overall Russian manned systems. To me that lends credence that the S-200 firing was a deliberate and measured response.

The Twisted Genius


I think the response was subtle and meant as a message. Perhaps it was accompanied with some type of ECM action. I haven't heard of any damage from the air attack. This kind of subtle and quiet response lets the Israelis continue to make believe they are invincible. I think a vigorous response that visibly damages this fairy tale in the eyes of the Israeli public may force the government to do something stupid to prove how tough they are. That's a situation the Russians want to avoid.

Babak Makkinejad

An Iranian source claims that one airplane crashed inside Israel and another one was damaged.



I am told that SA-5s were fired at the Israeli aircraft. pl

The Twisted Genius


Yes, that was the measured response and the "message" sent to Israel. The Russians did not use their S-300 or S-400.



The SA-5/S-200 is an antique but it looks as big as a bus on radar. I still do not think that was much of a signal. The Russians will learn that the Israelis have hard heads and are unimpressed by gestures that indicate indecision. pl

Chris Chuba

Can anyone explain this fanatical obsession that Israel has with Hezbollah? Yes, I understand that they are enemies but enemies can coexist if both are semi-rational creatures. Hezbollah isn't going to initiate a first strike against Israel with their missiles because they know that Israel will burn Lebanon down to embers. Of course, this assumes that Hezbollah is not suicidal but I believe that this is a safe assumption based on their past behavior.

1. They have not fought Israel for 10yrs, ISIS and Al Qaeda have never shown anything close to this type of restraint. They can't go a week without attacking someone.
2. How many suicide bombers has Hezbollah produced? None. Even if you count the 1982 Beirut bombing, that would be a grand total of one, that's one because that was probably a Shiite militant but that was before Hezbollah was formed but still that is ONE vs. thousands for Al Qaeda and ISIS.

It looks like Hezbollah is a much more disciplined and rational foe as opposed to ISIS and Al Qaeda who are totally nuts. Why is Israel willing to flirt with the crazies just to keep going after Hezbollah? I wonder if there are Israelis who see things differently then Netanyahu or if this Hezbollah fixation is the norm.


Chris Chuba

Israel cannot accept the possession by Hizbullah of the mere capability to burn Israel down to the ground. You were saying something about crazies? pl


Intel is 80% of the way there...


Seamus Padraig

That's precisely what makes Hezbollah so threatening to Israel: the fact that they are a *rational* enemy, not a bunch of cannibal-dupes like ISIS. Hezbollah is ultimately what keeps Israel from controlling Lebanon. Every time the IDF has gone up against Hezbollah, they've come back chastened and humbled.


Nothing personal but the end of that article is a load of crap. They demand to see the remains if it was a SAM missile but not if it is a scud? The truth appears to be Arrow is trigger happy and you can bankrupt the US by firing small missiles at it all day. The Israelis are just covering up the fact they aren't perfect like they like to claim.

Peter AU

It seems Hezbolla commander Badie Hamya was the target. Palmyra or Quneitra?
According to Haaretz this is the first time IDF has acknowlaged a strike across the border into Syria so something out of the ordinary happened.

Peter in Toronto

Agreed. This most egregious violation (striking targets in direct proximity to Russian operations) reveals how inept and incapable both the Russians and Syrians are in regards to defense of their own airspace. I very much doubt that the S-300 was deliberately left idle.

I believe that the systems in place were defeated by Israeli jamming and spoofing efforts that coincided with the air strike.

Yet more evidence that Russia is a second-rate military force.


"That's three attacks at or near the same Syrian military facility in the past four months"

It would probably be interesting to know what got the Israelis to attack that facility three times. Why three times? Didn't the attack work? Was the damage repaired? What was the actual target?

What is in this facility - a store of modern weapons? An office? A barrack? A factory? A training center? Nothing?

Certainly, bombing Syria didn't aim at winning Assad to become a friend of Israel. If causing friendship was the plan it was a dumb idea and failed three times. Or was the point to make a threat other than treating hurt IS folks in Israel?

Even under Netanyahu the Israelis usually bomb for reasons - usually to destroy things or to remind others of Israeli tactical abilities. I wonder what's Israeli motive is.


""Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman on Sunday threatened to destroy Syrian air defense systems after they fired ground-to-air missiles at Israeli warplanes carrying out strikes. "


It would appear Liberman just delivered the next lesson. Maybe this is bluff. But I have been playing various scenarios in my head of what happens if the Israelis do try to take out Syria's air defences. Most scenarios escalate to the US vs Russia level pretty quickly.



The timeline for an airstrike like this is measured in terms of minutes. The time required or Syrian air defenses to react is even less. In short, there isn't time to craft a message, subtle or otherwise, when the decision to fire missiles or not needs to happen very quickly. The only way the Syrians could have intentionally sent some kind of message by firing missiles is if they new the Israelis were coming or they preplanned some response. If they knew the Israelis were coming, why not actually make an effort to shoot them down? If this was a preplanned response (ie. standing orders to get missiles in the air during the next Israeli attack), then the theory might have some credence. But there's no evidence of that here.

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