The US has shot down a Syrian jet in Syria. The Syrian jet was attacking Islamic State. The US have attempted to justify the war crime, asserting they were defending their allies. This defence is absurd. First, the US has no authority in Syria. Its mere military presence is contrary to international law. Second, the claim that the US shot down the Syrian jet to defend its allies is a tacit admission that the US is supporting jihadist terrorists. Thirdly, it makes it plain that the US prefers jihadis to the secular Syrian state.
The US action also increases the likelihood of direct military conflict between the US and Russia. Indeed, the US action has provoked Russia into withdrawing from the memorandum of understanding, which is designed to prevent the US and Russia from accidentally coming into conflict. Russia has also indicated that in future Russian forces will track US forces, as a defensive measure.
When President Trump was Candidate Trump, he repeatedly asserted that he wanted better relations with Russia. Yet, the actions of the US in Syria under his presidency have made the situation worse rather than better. The US has repeatedly illegally attacked Syrian forces in Syria; each time directly supporting the jihadis, undermining another of Trump's promises.
The support of the US for jihadis in Syria is not only illegal, it is a scandal of massive proportions, and it is one which presents a serious risk to the region, Europe and even America itself. The US has consistently supported jihadist terrorists since 1979. Many people took candidate Trump at his word and believed that when elected he would stop the US support for the jihadis and would direct US forces to destroy the jihadis. Instead, he has continued the established foreign policy of attempting to use jihadist terrorists. This is a failed policy. Yet the US foreign policy establishment is committed to it, regardless of the fact that it has been a disaster.
The support that the US and its allies have provided the jihadis has resulted in chaos and misery across the globe. Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Somalia and Syria to mention just a few examples. The immigration crisis in Europe and the terrorist incidents. And of course the infamous 9/11 attack, carried out by a group that had been funded and armed and trained by the US and its allies. The very idea that one can use jihadis as weapon has long been shown to be foolish. Yet, the US continues to cling to this self-destructive policy, even unto risking war with Russia.