With reports that Russia is ready to use nuclear weapons, U.S. intelligence officials are trying to unleash a large-scale war between ISIS and Russia.
Six U.S. intelligence and military officials told The Daily Beast on Monday they hope that what appears to be an ISIS attack on a Russian airplane, brought down on October 31 in Egypt, will force Russian President Vladimir Putin to finally take serious military action against ISIS.
After a week of investigation of what caused the plane crash, which killed all 224 people on board, high-ranking U.S. and U.K. officials keep mounting evidence that it was ISIS who bombed the plane.
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The newspaper noted that U.S. intelligence and security officials are not panicking over ISIS unleashing a new round of bomb attacks on civilian airlines. What U.S. officials are concerned about is how the bombing is going to hurt Putin and potentially help the U.S. to tackle Russia’s military operation in the Middle East.
Ever since Putin started his airstrikes against U.S.-backed rebels and ISIS militants in Syria, U.S. officials have been privately discussing potential threats and opportunities the campaign creates for the United States.
Some of officials agreed that Putin’s military intervention in Syria would eventually weaken his military might and reputation. Moreover, over the past few weeks, U.S. officials warned of a backlash from ISIS militants, who have attacked Russia in the past.
U.S. thinks it will be “fun” to watch Russia respond to ISIS
But now, according to the newspaper, U.S. intelligence and military officials have shifted their focus to the plane crash in the hopes to find evidence of an ISIS bomb. An ISIS bomb on the plane would most likely force Putin to unleash a large-scale war against the Islamists in the Middle East, whom U.S. has been trying to wipe off the face of the earth for over a year with little to no success.
“Now maybe they will start attacking [ISIS],” one senior defense official told The Daily Beast last week. “And stop helping them,” he said, referring to ISIS gains in Aleppo as a result of Russian airstrikes on other rebels and militant outfits.
Ever since the Russian plane was brought down in Egypt, Moscow bombed two ISIS-controlled areas in Syria: Raqqa and Palmyra.
“I suppose now he [Vladimir Putin] will really let ISIS have it. This should be fun,” one senior intelligence official told the newspaper.
U.S. is not concerned over ISIS bringing bombs to civilian airplanes
Ever since the 9/11, U.S. intelligence, security and military officials have been actively engaged in stopping and preventing al-Qaeda’s efforts to bring bombs onto civilian airplanes. And now that ISIS has succeeded where America’s main terrorist foe had failed, the Obama administration does not seem to be too alarmed about it.
Analysts also note that U.S. officials have not been too sympathetic about the loss of life – all 224 people on board, including 25 children and 7 crew members, died in the crash. Instead, American officials have been discussing how it could benefit the United States and bring Russia down to its knees.
“This wasn’t an American airliner. If it were, we’d be having a different conversation,” one intelligence official told the newspaper.
“It is not the United States’ responsibility to secure Sharm el Sheikh airport and the facilities there,” another American official said. “Why the muted response? Because that is the best one to have.”
Putin’s response to ISIS likely to bring deadly consequences
If the video in which allegedly ISIS group claims responsibility for the downing of the Russian plane proves to be authentic, ISIS and the Middle East as a whole should expect a dramatic response from Russia.
And while both the U.S. and U.K. officials have repeatedly indicated that there were evidences of a bomb abroad, Vladimir Putin has said there is no need to jump to conclusions, and let Russia and Egyptian side to finish their investigations.
Mr. Putin is known for his strong responses to the terrorist activity, especially if it’s directed against Russian interests. Whether the terrorist threat is in Moscow, North Ossetiya, Chechnya or Syria – Putin’s approach is “total extermination” of terrorists, no matter how deadly the consequences might be.
Even though Putin had indicated he would not be sending ground troops in Syria, now he has a solid reason to do so. The Russian armed forces are likely to engage ISIS directly in military confrontations. And there is a high chance that Putin will go beyond Syria and Iraq, as well as there is a high chance that bombing exclusively ISIS targets will not be enough for him.
Putin’s goal is to wipe his enemy off the face of the earth, and the bombing of the Russian plane has triggered the process of Putin transforming from an aggressive bear to an all-destructive bear that cannot satiate its hunger.
And with Vladimir Putin recently ordering his security council to develop defensive nuclear equipment, his response to ISIS might have something to do with nuclear weapons. Moreover, the Pentagon says the Kremlin is poised to use nuclear weapons to “bring a speedy peace,” as reported by ValueWalk on Friday.
But a war involving the world’s two largest nuclear powers – Washington and Moscow – would “probably spell, if not the end of humanity, the end of any possibility of a comfortable future for humanity,” as reported by ValueWalk, citing Press TV’s interview with Don DeBar, U.S. political analyst.