Nord Stream Sabotage: The Cover-up Continues
The “story” of the Nord Stream explosion exposed by authoritative investigative journalist Seymour Hersh, although largely pooh-poohed by the transatlantic Establishment, is explosive and will not go away (cf. above). The destruction of such a vital infrastructure constitutes, by all international standards, an act of war. And yet, over four months later, the German government has still not disclosed any substantive information on the attack, nor have the Danish or Swedish authorities, but only claim that “the Russians did it”, as if they would have had the possibility of maneuvering in a space so tightly surveilled by NATO, assuming they were stupid enough to destroy their own pipelines.
Nonetheless, a parliamentary debate of sorts – limited to one hour — did take place in the Bundestag on Feb. 10, at the request of the Alternative for Germany party. MP Marcus Frohnmaier said that while he could not rule out a U.S. hand or a Russian hand behind the sabotage, the government owes the nation a serious commitment to shed light on this attack on German interests. An MP from the Left Party also called for a thorough investigation. But the main parties simply refused to discuss the controversy. There, as well as in virtually all the mainstream media, there has been an attempt to discredit Seymour Hersh and his source.
(On that note, it is worth recalling a few examples of how he has exposed the lies and crimes of the U.S. establishment: In 1969, he broke the story about the massacre of civilians in My Lai, Vietnam; in 1998, he revealed that the alleged arms factory bombed in Sudan was actually a pharmaceutical company; in 2003, he blew open the lie about the weapons of mass destruction in Iraq; in 2004, he revealed the torture of Iraqi soldiers by the U.S. army at the Abu Ghraib prison.)
The Biden Administration, as to be expected, denied any involvement in the sabotage. However, it is no secret that the notorious Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland stated on Jan. 26 at a Senate hearing: “I am, and I think the administration is, very gratified to know that Nord Stream 2 is now … a hunk of metal at the bottom of the sea.” President Biden, with an obedient Olaf Scholz standing next to him, had threatened back in Feb. 2022, that “If Russia invades, then there will be no longer a Nord Stream 2, we will bring an end to it.”
An important angle to the Russian reading of the incident was given by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in a Feb. 12 interview posted on his ministry’s website, namely Washington’s determination to blow up the cooperation that had been built up between Germany and Russia “over the past 20 or 30 years”. That “powerful alliance”, based on Russian energy resources and German technology “began to threaten the monopoly position of many American corporations.” Attacking the pipelines was therefore one way of destroying that alliance.