Nord Stream: Pointing out the obvious

Let's forget for a moment the reports that Ukraine blew up the Nord Stream pipelines, one of the biggest terrorist attacks in Europe's recent history.
Let's also forget for a moment that no one opposed the Russian pipeline more than Washington (and our NATO allies in eastern Europe).
Instead, let's focus on who benefited from blowing it up, and who lost.


"Russia's weaponization of energies underscores the urgency of that task and an opportunity to accelerate our progress," he noted, adding that over the past year, the US and Europe have thrown their energy security cooperation into even higher gear.

According to Blinken, the US exported 56 billion cubic meters of LNG to Europe in 2022, accounting for 40% of total European LNG imports and representing a 140% annual increase.

Blinken reiterated that the EU was 40% dependent on Russian gas at the start of the war, but that this had dropped to 15% by the end of last year.

Right. Russia weaponizing energy production. Not the country that actually blew up another country's infrastructure.
Going from zero to one of the largest sources of energy had to make a few American companies a lot of money. But then private profits have never been a reason for America to go to war in Europe, amirite?

Of course someone had to lose in this Great Game. So besides Ukrainian troops being used as a cannon fodder, who else was a loser?

Europe's biggest economy Germany is expected to shrink this quarter as industry is in recession, according to the country's central bank.

Energy Aspects estimates 8% of the 2017-21 average industrial gas demand in Belgium, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, the Netherlands and Spain may be gone for good by 2024.

"Europe has managed to swap out the [Russian] volumes. But in reality, this has only been possible at the expense of wider economic activity," Tom Marzec-Manser, head of gas analytics at ICIS, said.

Oh yeah. Because gas is way cheaper when it comes by pipeline than when it comes by ship.

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Which country profited the most from the pipeline sabotage?
Which is why it is officially an unsolved crime. Something about
media manipulation, military assets and corporate gain.

They pretended to harm Russia, but somehow Germany got
screwed in the process. And the EU. This was the plan.
Sub-orbinate other countries economies to maintain advantage.

Pretty obvious.

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European Parliament member and former Polish foreign minister, Radoslaw Sikorski, insinuated that the US had deliberately inflicted damage on the Nord Stream gas pipeline.

On his Twitter account late Tuesday, Sikorski shared a photograph of gas leak, saying 'Thank you, USA.'

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Seymour Hersh asserts in his latest article on this that it was important for the US that its culpability be completely deniable.

Deniability, as an option for President Joe Biden and his foreign policy advisers, was paramount...
...You could call it the perfect crime.

The perfect crime except for the fact, that Biden told everyone the US would do it. It's not even arguably deniable. Biden stated affirmatively that the pipeline would be destroyed if Russia invaded Ukraine, and then expressed his determination to do it or "specific intent" as criminal lawyers put it.

“If Russia invades—that means tanks and troops crossing . . . the border of Ukraine again,” he said, “there will no longer be a Nord Stream 2. We will bring an end to it.” Asked how he could do so since the pipeline was under Germany’s control, he said: “We will, I promise you, we’ll be able to do it.”

This is an admission, it's a very strong form of evidence. I think, in fact, no serious analyst could possibly consider that the US isn't involved in the destruction of the pipelines. I'm glad Jimmy Dore started off his UN presentation with Biden's damning expression of intent to do away with the pipeline.

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If ARD, ZDF, and the for-profit TV news channels here were honest, they would pursue the Nordstream whodunit question, making sure to show that Biden clip to remind viewers why the U.S. is the prime suspect.

But it seems they have never shown it. At least — strangely enough, except for right-wing populist AfD supporters — no German I’ve spoken to acknowledges having seen it.

It could also be they’re just afraid of appearing to take any position. From 2019, still germane:

Poll: Only 18% of Germans feel free to voice views in public

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@lotlizard Shocking!
A similar poll in the US just might be no different, truth be known.

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