Satans and the Sarmatians - NEDRET ERSANEL

Satans and the Sarmatians

If you allow me I would like to confuse you.

Not much, only a little.

The core of the telephone call between U.S. President Barack Obama and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Oct. 26 was Mosul – and of course Syria, Raqqa, the Kurdistan Workers' Party, its Syrian offshoot the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and the armed wing People's Protection Units (YPG) were also discussed.

The cover to protect this core was established during National Defense Minister Fikri Işık, U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and French Defense Minister Jean Yves Le Drian's meeting in Brussels. (“Türkiye, ABD ve Fransa arasında önemli uzlaşma” (Important agreement between Turkey, US and France), 26/10, Hürriyet.)

Let's continue with a mention that the visit Russian President Vladimir Putin was going to make to France following his visit to Istanbul on Oct. 10 was cancelled.

“A new move from Russia: It may turn France to ashes with a single strike. Russia shared the photographs of its techno nuclear missile “Satan 2” for the first time. With a 10,000-kilometer range, the Satan 2 techno nuclear missile flies at a rate of 7 kilometers per second. The techno nuclear missile that is 2,000 times stronger than the atom bombs the U.S. threw into Japan's Hiroshima and Nagasaki cities during World War II, can wipe out a land piece the size of France.” (“Rusya'nın termonükleer füzesi 'Satan 2'nin ilk fotoğrafları ortaya çıktı” (Russia's thermonuclear missile 'Satan 2's first photos revealed), 26/10, Hürriyet.)

If the coinciding date and the two news pieces have turned your common perception to France, you are on the right path. But I am calling you to the “wrong path.”

'Satan' missiles

It is surprising that “Satan” was used as the choice of name, because with the exclusion of those like Iran or North Korea, who are concerned about “looking strong,” countries generally do not give such destructive names to their weapons. They all preach “power,” but Satan is mostly used to give it a more political or negative image. Similar to Iran describing the U.S. as the “Great Satan” or the U.S.'s “evil triangle” description.

Is there really a thermonuclear missile with this name?

The same news says, “The 'RS-28 Sarmat' missile called 'Satan' by the Russian military…”

Nice. We see that “Satan” is a nickname. It is not the missile's real name and the Russian military is referring to the missile with this nickname. It is normal, because this missile has the capacity to carry 16 nuclear warheads and can escape the radar.

Is it okay now?

No, it isn't.

Because you do not have this information: “... was given the NATO reporting name SS-18 Satan.” (Wikipedia.)

So Russia was not the one who named it “Satan.” All of the missiles in this series were renamed by NATO, in other words, by the U.S. What they call “reporting name” are the code names given to Russia, China and former Soviet countries' weapons. So, the U.S. is the one that “Satanizes” them.

And just like it spread to some of our newspapers in the last three days, it is being served to the global public through this name in all of the world's known media outlets: CNN, NBC, Telegraph, CNBC, Daily Mail, RTL, Washington Times and even some Russian news agencies.

We gave an example of the U.S.'s global perception management and method of psychological war through making connections with current incidents, but is that all?

Don't you wonder what this new top class missiles' real name “Sarmat” means

“The Sarmatians were a Turkish or Iranian people who lived in the fourth to the sixth century B.C. and spread from Central Asia to the Ural Mountains and from there to south Russia and north Caucasus and then to the Balkans. According to some researchers, part of them are Turkish, part are Iranian…”

We know what NATO is coding.

'Where is the center of the Mediterranean?'

The NATO countries defense ministers meeting in Brussels was held and a decision has been made for a large military buildup on Russia's borders for the first time since World War II.

NATO is disturbed by Russia's Admiral Kuznetsov – the country's only navy force aircraft carrier – and the war ships with it from advancing toward their areas of duty in the East Mediterranean. It is possible to figure this out from the reaction of the Royal Navy as it was passing by the U.K.


NATO's concern is the likelihood of the use of these weapons in Syria. There is an intense mention of a risk that its final destination may be Syria's Aleppo.

We had mentioned it before in this column: NATO's Warsaw summit in July had announced it would establish six headquarters in East European countries and deploy 4,000 troops in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Poland.

The NATO defense ministers meeting that started on Oct. 26 was opened by Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg by saying that a decision was made with allies at the summit in Warsaw to strengthen defense capabilities in every way and against every threat and that now the progress in the implementation of that decision would be evaluated.

Showing more presence in the Black Sea region, NATO acting faster in crisis situations and strengthening its cyber defense were discussed.

Of course the remainder of the meeting continued “private.”

But we have concrete information as well. Stoltenberg held a press meeting in Brussels following the meeting on the first day and said, “The situation in the Mediterranean is serious. Allies have decided to back NATO's Sea Guardian mission. In two weeks, NATO ships and aircraft will be in the central Mediterranean. Also last night we decided to continue our deployment in the Aegean Sea.”

Now what?

Just watch well the things that will happen in Iraq and Syria from now on… Because it started yesterday.

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