Whatever our disagreements with the Kremlin, the assassination of her ambassador to Turkey is a potent reminder the terrorists make no distinction between Russia and the West. They want to wipe us off the face of the planet because we resist the tyranny of Islamism, period.
The Russian political fringe has already set about calling the attack a NATO-backed false flag operation. Of course that’s utter nonsense, but it’s hardly more absurd than the endless claims — by the White House no less! — that Russia rigged the US presidential election. This mutual paranoia precludes a Russo-NATO partnership, our best and only hope to provide a single global front against the Islamic State and eradicate jihadism once and for all.
Of course we shouldn’t expect Obama, Holland and Merkel to lock arms with Putin and march down the streets of Moscow. We shouldn’t expect Twitter to erupt with declarations of #JeSuisAndrey. But we shouldn’t be afraid to show sympathy and solidary with the Russian people, either. Ambassador Karlov is no less a martyr in the War on Terror because his government has taken a different strategy in that war. If Australia’s ambassador had been standing in his place — or Britain’s, or America’s, or Germany’s or France’s, or… — he would’ve met the same fate.
Far, far too many innocent lives have been lost for us to keep playing politics with Russia and her allies. That’s the only common cause we need: to protect our innocent, and avenge our dead.
Je Suis Andrey.