It looks somehow so serene. All that flawless blue sky.
Hopefull Evil Uncle Vlad won’t flail out in quite the same way that Good Uncle Sam did after 9/11.
It is a much smaller matter, of course; but the Commies, errrm, aren’t really reliably sane. Unlike, errrm, the Yanks. The FT gives me hope: although the blowhards are blowing hard with Vladimir Solovyov, host of one of the main political talk shows on Russian state television, compared the downing of the jet to the shooting of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in 1914 which triggered the first world war. “We are one step from a big war,” he said, but it also notes open calls for military action against Turkey are conspicuously absent and anger which many Russians feel quickly coagulating into well-practised rhetoric of a fortress under siege from hostile foreign forces and the need to weed out traitors from within. They’ve announced some economic stuff which, as everyone has immeadiately pointed out, will hurt Russia as much as Turkey, so is all a bit meh and will be relaxed quietly fairly soon. Other than that, hopefully they’ll settle for really really don’t do that again, which as long as the Commies don’t, will work out fine. Obama seems to have, very sensibly, backed Turkey but urged restraint on all sides.
Minor: Turkey released radar images of the planes flight path, to show it had passed through Turkish air space. The Commies have released a clearly and crudely faked map purporting to show that didn’t happen. Unfortunately for them, the impact sight is without doubt, and so (it would appear) is where the plane was hit. Extrapolation of that line backwards is obviously over Turkey so the Commies have drawn in an implausible right-angle turn at the point of hit. [Update: actually, its even more confusing than that. According to Aunty, the Commies and the Beys don’t even agree over the crash location. You’d hope that at least could be sorted out.]
Update: note, the Syrians shot down a Turkish jet in 2012; wiki says After the 2012 shootdown of a Turkish jet, Turkey changed its rules of engagement and, according to the new rules, it would consider all “elements” approaching from Syria an enemy threat and would “act accordingly.