The first casualty of war is the Truth….

We will be posting stories on the escalation of tensions after the sabotage of the N1 and N2 pipelines on September 27 .

  • The always insightful (and controversial) pipeline tracker Pepe Escobar has this to say.

The sabotage of the Nord Stream (NS) and Nord Stream 2 (NS2) pipelines in the Baltic Sea has ominously propelled ‘Disaster Capitalism’ to a whole new, toxic level.

This episode of Hybrid Industrial/Commercial War, in the form of a terror attack against energy infrastructure in international waters signals the absolute collapse of international law, drowned by a “our way or the highway”, “rules-based”, order.

In an analysis of who would benefit from the sabotage, he makes an interesting case that the big loser will be Europe– and the big winner, Guess who? The title of his piece: “Germany and EU Have Been Handed Over a Declaration of War

  • Scott Ritter, former US Marines Intelligence Officer, is best known for his overseeing the WMDs in Iraq, has just penned a piece that leaves no question who did it in a piece in Consortium News: Pipelines v. USA published Oct. 12, 2022.

He writes: Intent, motive and means: People serving life sentences in U.S. prisons have been convicted on weaker grounds than the circumstantial evidence against Washington for the attack on the Nord Stream pipelines.

Deck of the LNG tanker Energy Atlantic in Port Arthur, Texas, 2016. (U.S. Coast Guard, Dustin R. Williams)

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  • Our pipeline tracker, Canadian economist John Foster, has come out with an excellent piece titled “The Nordstream Pipeline Explosions: A Geopolitical Whodunit: With the pipeline sabotage, the military war has expanded beyond Ukraine”
This handout picture released on September 30, 2022 by the Danish Defence Command shows one of four gas leaks at one of the damaged Nord Stream gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea. Photo courtesy Danish Defence Command.

Cui bono?, ” writes Foster. ” While an independent investigation has yet to take place and indeed may never occur, there are straws in the wind—circumstantial evidence—pointing to who could have been the perpetrator. Only a very few countries have the technological resources and access to the Baltic Sea to carry out such attacks. That rules out Ukraine despite its animosity to Nord Stream. France may have the technology but has no reason to antagonize its ally Germany. Britain acts in lockstep with the United States and is unlikely to act independently. That leaves Russia, Poland and the United States. Like an Agatha Christie mystery, the culprit is likely to be one or more of them.”

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  • One of the first to point a finger at the U.S. was none-other than Fox News’s Tucker Carlson, who quickly reminded the world of President Biden’s comments on Feb . 7 several weeks before the Russian invasion. Newsweek picked it up and played the video.

Said Biden:

“If Russia invades, that means tanks or troops crossing the border of Ukraine again, there will no longer be a Nord Stream 2.” In hindsight, he may wish he never said that, because increasingly the world is looking at the US as the culprit.

Now for some historical background on the war: We all know about Russia’s “special military operation” for its description of its invasion of a sovereign county. But it’s also true that the US government has presented a one-sided view of the war.

  • Here is article from FAIR, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, written during the buildup of Russian forces on the border with Ukraine. It delves in a hidden history (hidden from the American public). Of note is its acknowledging a key omission (which holds to today, 7 months into the war) in the official explanation of the war: the 2014 CIA- sponsored coup

The Washington Post asked: “Why is there tension between Russia and Ukraine?” Its answer:

In March 2014, Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine. A month later, war erupted between Russian-allied separatists and Ukraine’s military in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donbas. The United Nations human rights office estimates that more than 13,000 people have been killed.

But that account is highly misleading, because it leaves out the crucial role the US has played in escalating tensions in the region. In nearly every case we looked at, the reports omitted the US’s extensive role in the 2014 coup that preceded Russia’s annexation of Crimea. Focusing on the latter part only serves to manufacture consent for US intervention abroad.

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  • Here is a powerpoint talk Dennett gave in July 2022 at Busboys and Poets in Washington D.C.