The recent sabotage of the Nord Stream (NS) and Nord Stream 2 (NS2) gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea was a sophisticated military operation that required exhaustive planning and possibly involved several actors, argues Pepe Escobar.
The explosions were so powerful that Swedish seismologists estimated they might have reached the equivalent of up to 700 kg of TNT.
The idea that Russian intelligence would destroy (their own) Gazprom pipelines is absurd, considering that Russia wanted to sell oil and natural gas to the European Union (EU).
There are indications that the group behind the sabotage wanted to halt a possible alliance between Germany, Russia, and China, while the Polish Navy and special forces are potential physical perpetrators, with American planning and technical support, and aid by the Danish and Swedish militaries.
Internal political dynamics within NATO and the EU are important.
The sabotage appears to have been approved by American central intelligence (who circumvented the White House).
It could also be seen as a declaration of war against Germany and the EU’s businesses and citizens, but not against the bureaucratic machine in Brussels, notes Pepe.
The role of Poland can’t be ruled out, especially considering former Polish Defense Minister Radek Sikorski’s tweet thanking the USA. Although difficult to tell, Poland’s involvement might be driven by Russophobia, internal political reasons, and a concerted plan to attack Germany.
Lest we forget the situation in Ukraine and the opening of the Baltic Pipe in northwest Poland.
The sabotage is more than just an isolated incident, argues Pepe; it’s part of an imperial dream to break up the Eurasian land mass and prevent consolidation between Germany, Russia, and China.
In fact, it’s part of a larger pattern of Western aggression and control.
It’s a highway to Hell that will continue until, at least, 2030.