I note that the cause of the blasts that shut down the Nord Stream 1 pipeline in September 2022 remains unknown or at least unpublicized. That’s no insignificant matter having as serious implications for war and peace as it does.
Sweden, Denmark, and Russia have all claimed that the explosions were deliberate sabotage.
I’m skeptical that Russia sabotaged the pipeline. It has nothing obvious to gain from shutting it down. In the absence of any specific evidence I would consider blaming Russia for the explosions as part of the “5D chess theory” of Russian behavior—that the Russians are playing a very, very long game with moves incomprehensible to normal people. I see no evidence for that theory which has been around for a very long time.
The Russians have blamed the United Kingdom which of course denies any involvement. Not only does the UK have the ability to carry out that sabotage it meets the cui bono standard given that the UK has been one of Ukraine’s most outspoken supporters during the war. The Poles have attributed the explosions to the United States.
I find it outrageous that the Western media are so incurious about this matter. It’s basically been consigned to the memory hole.
Here’s an interesting little quote from a piece by John Psaropoulos at AlJazeera:
Mike Myrianthis, a Greek oil industry veteran, believes that whoever bombed the Nord Stream 2 pipeline opened a can of worms.
“The Nord Stream sabotage destroyed the Russian-German energy relationship,” he told Al Jazeera.
“Strikes on infrastructure have become something of a fashion and set a dangerous precedent.”
or, said another way, I’m not the only one who thinks the sabotage of the Nord Stream pipeline is of some larger significance. The article is about mysterious acts of sabotage being carried out in Western Europe which the article attributes to Russian agents. There may be something to Emmanuel Todd’s assertion that World War II has already begun.
Coming soon to civilian infrastructure year you?