(N.Morgan) The tragic events that took place yesterday have now overshadowed the discontent of the Electoral College Vote.
The blatant assassination of Russia’s ambassador to Turkey on Monday night in Ankara, Turkey, was immediately followed by the expected condemnations from world leaders — and a vow of vengeance from Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Putin stated: “The response will be “stepping up the fight against terrorism. The killers will feel it.”
Within the same hour, reports began to pour in about a “Nice-like” truck attack in Berlin that killed at least twelve people at a Christmas market.
The rampage is being investigated as a deliberate attack, and an arrest has been made.
You could hear a pin drop in the international community as all wait for the fall out to begin from these events.
As details continue to emerge, the Ankara assassin has been identified as 22-year-old Mevlut Mert Altintas, a Turkish national.
As his victim lay dying, Altintas is said to have referenced the Syrian city of Aleppo, currently under siege by Russian-backed Syrian military forces bent on wiping out rebels dug in there.
Ambassador Andrei Karlov had just finished his opening remarks at the Ankara Center for Contemporary Art when Altintas, an apparent off-duty security officer, opened fire from behind the podium.
Shouting “God is great” and “Don’t forget Aleppo, don’t forget Syria” as Karlov fell, the assailant soon fled to a higher floor, where he reportedly was killed in a prolonged gun battle with Turkish special forces.
The past flashes forth of the 1914 assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand, his murder was the spark that ignited the horrendously destructive WWI.
Whether this was the horrible act a lone terrorist or whether something more complex is at play, the repercussions of the assassination and possible terror attack will undoubtedly be felt around the world.
Observing the developments of both events will be a crucial part of deciphering the truth, without jumping to conclusions.
The one key question that must always be posed is, Who benefits?