Friday, February 10, 2023

The Hersh report on the U.S. destruction of the Nord Stream pipelines is the tale of an act of war, not only against Russia but against U.S. ally Germany


The United States committed an act of war on September 26, 2022, when it blew up the Nord Stream pipelines that funneled vital natural gas from Russia to Germany and elsewhere in Europe, an act of war not only against Russia but against U.S. ally Germany.


The fact that the U.S. indeed committed this act has been now revealed by the nation’s premier investigative reporter Seymour Hersh in his online substack publication.  Hersh, a Pulitzer Prize winner, gained fame for his groundbreaking reporting on the My Lai massacre by U.S. soldiers in Vietnam in 1968 and later for exposing the torturing of prisoners at Abu Ghaib by the U.S. military in 2004..


You’ll have to go online to Hersh's site to read it because you’re not going to be getting much follow-up any time soon in the New York Times or Washington Post or hearing about it on the CBS, NBC, ABC news or on MSNBC or CNN because those organizations don’t report stories without first getting FBI and CIA approval.


What you will get in the mainstream media are denunciations such as in Business Insider with its February 9 story headlined “The claim by a discredited journalist that the US secretly blew up the Nord Stream pipeline is proving a gift to Putin”.


In his February 8 story, Hersh detailed a plan by U.S. officials dating back to December 2021, even before the Russian invasion of Ukraine, to destroy the pipelines in order to end German dependence on cheap natural gas from Russia and utterly sever a key economic link between Russia and Europe. Greatly assisting in the plan was Norway, which would provide the base for the mission.


With Nord Stream out of operation, Germany has had to turn to the U.S. for natural gas supplies at a much higher price than it was paying Russia. The result has been inflation and economic turmoil in Germany while Russia turned to China, India and other customers for its natural gas. Russia is doing just fine, thank you, while the German people have had to ration fuel this winter.


Hersh reported that the U.S. Navy planted explosives on both the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines in June 2022 and detonated them on September 26. Approval of the sabotage came from President Joe Biden himself and, of course, the puppeteers who tell Biden what to do and what to say: Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan. The act was committed without congressional approval or even notification.


“Biden’s decision to sabotage the pipelines came after more than nine months of highly secret back and forth debate inside Washington’s national security community,” Hersh writes. “For much of that time, the issue was not whether to do the mission, but how to get it done with no overt clue as to who was responsible.”


Nord Stream was a 750-mile long operation running under the Baltic Sea and connecting ports in Russia and northern Germany. Ownership was shared by the Russian company Gazprom and energy firms in Germany, France, and the Netherlands. Although the operation of Nord Stream 2 hadn’t yet been activated, it was predicted to be able to provide Germany with 50 percent of its natural gas needs. Biden and company had strongly opposed Nord Stream since its inception more than 15 years ago.


A deliberate act of terror to destroy a vital source of fuel to an ally like Germany would seem inconceivable in normal times. These aren’t normal times. The United States is in a desperate struggle to hold on its post-Cold War status as the single world power, a hegemony that can tolerate no competition from Russia or China. The Ukrainian people are victims of that futile struggle.


What ultimately at risk is a nuclear war with Russia. The United States bullied its way across Vietnam, Serbia, Libya, Iraq, and Afghanistan, one failure after another that left behind countless dead and scars that may never heal.  None of these countries had the nuclear weapons or powerful armies that Russia has. The leaders of the United States, in their arrogance, have now picked a fight with a country that won’t be bullied.


Where in this vast and diverse nation is there open and vigorous discussion over this catastrophic slide into insanity? Why is our much-ballyhooed “free press” silent? With all the fighting that goes on in Congress, why is there little or no debate about the White House’s warmongering?


One has to ask: Is this still a democracy? 


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