The Implications of Russian Ambassador Andrey Karlov’s Assassination

On Monday, the Russian ambassador to Turkey was assassinated on live television by an agent of Syrian terrorist forces.  Andrey Karlov was shot multiple times by a 22-year-old Ankara police officer, Mevlut Mert Aydintas, according to reports. Approaching from behind, he withdrew a pistol and fired into the back of the ambassador while he gave a speech at an art gallery. It is estimated that fifteen to twenty bullets were fired, killing the ambassador and injuring three others. The gunman has been quoted as yelling “Aleppo” and “revenge” as he fired. Some media reports claim he screamed “you will not have security, even in your dreams until we live it in reality in our countries”, a phrase used by former al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

The attack appears to be an act of revenge for the devastating loss by the so-called rebel forces and ISIS militants in Aleppo. A few scant days ago the alliance of Syrian and Russian military had finally broken the terrorist stronghold the north-west of the country. This was a particularly tough area for forces to crack given its proximity to the Mediterranean Sea and Turkey where the U.S. has been able to ship weapons and other material support to terrorist forces.

Russian president Vladimir Putin condemned the killing, calling it an attack on Turkish and Russian relations, and a deliberate attempt to derail the peace process.

“This murder is clearly a provocation aimed at undermining the improvement and normalization of Russian-Turkish relations, as well as undermining the peace process in Syria promoted by Russia, Turkey, Iran and other countries interested in settling the conflict in Syria, Putin said in a statement on Monday evening.

Saying that ambassador Andrey Karlov “was a brilliant diplomat, widely respected in the country where he was posted,” the president added the Russian diplomat “was in good standing with both the government of Turkey and other political groups in that country.”

Russia’s Investigative Committee has already launched an investigation into the murder, Putin said in his statement, adding that he had held a phone conversation with his Turkish counterpart, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on the matter. Russian and Turkish officials will cooperate, Putin added.

We have to know who organized this killing and gave orders to the assassin,” the Russian leader said.

This act is entirely was entirely designed to derail the peace process going on in Syria right now. U.S. forces have lost the war. Now their only hope for installing a puppet government is to cause a destabilisation leading to further conflict. It is an admission that the U.S. has lost the physical war on the ground against the Syrian government and its Russian ally. U.S. imperialism has been denied access to another Arab land. Permanent U.S. military bases and resources exploitation will not be occurring in Syria this day. An alliance of Russia and Syria has prevented the U.S. military from stealing more land.

Despite claims of World War here being on the verge of breaking out, Putin has kept a clear rational head in the face of this disgusting act. Instead of charging into a nuclear war, he has condemned the act and placed the Syrian peace process above plans for revenge. I have been a long-time skeptic of the idea that a third world war will is ready to break out at any time. This is a prime example of why: the leaders of the world may be corrupt, evil, imperialist, but they are not stupid. They are level headed calculating politicos.

In my opinion, this assassination should be blamed on the united State’s foreign policy. This militant is working for the side of the conflict that was armed and trained by the U.S. government. Both the Free Syrian Army and ISIS are supported by the U.S., particularly the C.I.A. They are the ones responsible for creating the conflict to begin with, and causing it to last for several years. There can be no denying this fact, the U.S. has openly admitted its continued logistical and intelligence support for the so-called rebels.

This crime was an act pettiness on the part of U.S. imperialism, angry that it had failed to take Syria.