Roger L. Simon

Debut of the Fall Season?

While the New Reactionaries continue to ignore or deny that we are at war, Debkafile’s original assertion that the Russian plane crashes were the work of Al Qaeda or related groups appears increasingly likely… although the FSB is not quite admitting it yet. [They’re not in the “admitting” business.-ed. Neither were their predecessors at Drezhinsky Square.] Nevertheless, according to CNN:

Based on the findings, the FSB says it believes terrorism is to blame for the crash of the Siberian Airlines Tupolev 154, bound for the Black Sea resort of Sochi, killing all 46 on board.

Siberia Airlines said on its Web site that its air traffic control center notified it that the Tu-154 had activated a hijack alert.

Meanwhile, a newspaper in Moscow is headlining that “Russia now has a Sept. 11.” More ominously, the Debka report says the Al Qaeda website claiming responsibility is promising more of the same soon, this is the first salvo in their new round of attacks, the Fall Season, as it were. [Are you starting to believe Debka?-ed. As much as The New York Times.]

It’s hard not to relate this to the American election. While the media, eager to put to rest the subject that has made them look so hopelessly biased, quickly buys into a game of “John [McCain]Knows Best,” the people themselves seem more concerned. This hardly seems the time to hand over the government to the putative hero of a war we lost, especially since the present one is even more dangerous and historically important.

UPDATE: Of course, the game of “John Knows Best” may have its Johns mixed up. In the words of the Second John:

Mr. Kerry, we ask you not to repeat the same mistake you made when you returned from war: Please stop maligning your fellow veterans. Dealing with us should be easy. Just answer our charges. Produce your Vietnam journal and notes, and execute Standard Form 180 so the American people can see your complete military record–not just the few forms you put on your website or show to campaign biographers.

Fair enough.