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”
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.
“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.
Here is a powerpoint talk I gave in July 2022 at Busboys and Poets in Washington D.C.