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    Weakening Germany, Strengthening U.S.

    The strategies for the current conflict were drawn up by Rand back in May 2019. Titled “Overextending and Unbalancing Russia”, it follows the Cold War thinking that successfully bankrupted and brought down the former Soviet Union. Firstly, it states that “Russia must be attacked and its most vulnerable point, that of its oil and gas exports which underpin its economy”. To this end “financial and commercial sanctions must be used, and the same time European countries must be made to decrease the importation of Russian gas and replace it with U.S. supplied liquified natural gas”. So, no conflict of interests here.

    It goes on to state that “providing lethal aid to Ukraine will exploit Russia’s vulnerability and force it pay a high cost for the war, calibrated to harm Russia without it leading to a wider conflict”. No mention of any “human cost” associated with their plan, for the sociopathic Rand Corp, collateral damage is just the cost of doing business. The simplistic worldview promoted by Rand rarely considers the law of unintended consequences, such as Russia’s destruction of more than 2000 military bases constructed by the west in the eight year build-up in the Ukraine. It completely underestimated Russia’s military might and strategic savvy, and seemed baffled and disappointed that Russia wasn’t fighting the war the way Rand envisaged. Neither did it anticipate the fact that most of the world’s nations declined to join in the American sanctions, which rather than harm Russia’s economy only served to elevate it to new highs. It seems in Washington you still get to call yourself a think tank, even when you are always wrong.

    But the Rand Corp has a larger vision. In another recently leaked report from Rand they outlined how the U.S. intends to further profit from Europe’s misery. Titled, “Weakening Germany, Strengthening U.S.” it posits that “there is an urgent need for an influx of resources from outside to maintain the economy, particularly the banking sector” It further states that “Only European countries, bound by EU and NATO commitments can provide these without significant military and political costs to us” Despite the manufactured appearance of close bonds between the EU and the U.S., the latter has become increasingly concerned about their ability to control their European “allies”. Absent the British influence in the EU post-Brexit, the Europeans, particularly Germany and France, it worried may be developing some independent thought and may in time “develop into an American competitor, both politically and economically”.

    Stopping Russian supplies could create a systematic crisis that could have a devastating effect on the German economy and indirectly on the European Union as a whole. The only possible way to ensure Germany rejects Russian energy is to draw it into a military conflict in the Ukraine”. So states the Rand report, that part they got right. So now a beleaguered Germany limps obediently towards its imminent destruction and plunder. A once proud country with a dynamic and thriving industrial sector is now led by fools, traitors and ideologues, all who lack the spine to stand up for the interests of the German people. The Nordstream 2 pipeline would have served the German people and its economy, yet German politicians refused to bring it online, because America told them to. It will be a leaderless Germany that will be the first to be sacrificed and plundered in the service of “American interests”. Yet even the enormous wealth of the German state alone is unlikely to sate Americas appetite.


    After Germany which of Americas “allies” will be next to experience the warm embrace of American friendship? France? Holland? Italy? Any country with resources that America thinks can help prop up its own failing economy, is likely already in the crosshairs of American greed. American financial policies have ensured that all the nations it considered in its sphere of influence will suffer mightily in the coming meltdown. Japan, South Korea, and even remote Australia all have resources, natural and otherwise that can be plucked out of bankruptcy at pennies on the dollar. After all, a good crisis cannot be allowed to go to waste, particularly when the crisis was designed for that very purpose.

    FULL- The Spoils of War — Strategic Culture


    Astonishing. Simply astonishing. How on earth can Germany accept the US as an ally, given that it has been plotting and planning it's economic demise? Or the EU, for that matter. I guess that is for them to answer to their own people.
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    Ah, well no problem then.

    All those people trying to flee Russia must be just popping out for a bit of a weekend away and some duty free.


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    Still fighting WW2 'arry?

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    Following right along-


    September 27, 2022
    The War On Germany Just Entered Its Hot Phase

    Just yesterday I laid out how the U.S. is winning its war on Europe's industries and people.


    That war, hidden behind the U.S. created Ukraine crisis, is designed to destroy Europe's manufacturing advantage compared to the U.S. It is more likely though to strengthen the economic position of China and other Asian economies.


    I have argued that Germany must open the Nord Stream II pipeline which can bring Russian natural gas to Germany without crossing other countries' territory. It must also allow Siemens to repair the defect Nord Stream I compressors. It is in fact inevitable if German's industry is to survive.


    Others have come to similar conclusion and decided to sabotage the pipelines to make their re-opening impossible:

    Three offshore lines of the Nord Stream gas pipeline system have sustained "unprecedented" damage in one day, Nord Stream AG, the operator of the network, said on Tuesday in what one German official has suggested is a "targeted attack”. Nord Stream 2 suffered a gas leak which was then followed by a drop of pressure on Nord Stream 1.

    The company also said that it was impossible to estimate when the gas network system's working capability would be restored.

    The simultaneous sub sea damage to three pipelines is obviously not an accident.

    A German economy official told Tagesspiegel: "We can't imagine a scenario that isn't a targeted attack."

    FULL-
    https://www.moonofalabama.org/2022/09/the-war-on-germany-just-entered-its-hot-phase.html#more

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    Still fighting WW2 'arry?
    Not personally, but it certainly seems puffy putin is.

    Correction: More WWI.

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    ^^No one dies in your stupid “war on Germany.”

    The real war continues with these poor Russian sods going in to get slaughtered. Why is Putin so heartless to allow this to happen?


    Russia to Send Conscripts to Ukraine With Little Training, Old Equipment


    “We were officially told there would be no training before we are sent to the war zone,” a newly mobilized Russian soldier says in a short video posted by legal rights group Perviy Otdel.


    “On Sept. 29 we will be sent to Kherson,” adds the new recruit, dressed in a Russian military uniform. “The regiment’s commanders confirmed it.”


    This admission from one man conscripted in Russia’s “partial” mobilization was part of a growing body of evidence Wednesday that the Kremlin is rushing to deploy new recruits to the frontlines in Ukraine with minimal training and, in some cases, subpar equipment and supplies.


    Rather than redress Russia’s manpower shortage in Ukraine, analysts told The Moscow Times that such an approach would likely cause a whole range of new problems for the Kremlin — from low morale to troop unreliability and high death rates.


    “The Russian Armed Forces with all its bureaucracy is just not able to be flexible and fast,” military analyst Pavel Luzin told The Moscow Times.


    “Politically, it is possible to claim you are going to mobilize, but right now in Russia it is almost impossible to carry this out.”


    In addition to the footage published Tuesday of the soldier complaining about a lack of training, other videos — that The Moscow Times was unable to verify — have emerged in recent days highlighting problems with equipment and accommodation.


    In one clip, an officer tells a group of draftees to buy tampons that they could use to plug bullet wounds on the battlefield; in another, new soldiers are seen sleeping on the floor; and in another a commanding officer admits he was pulled from his vacation and has no idea about equipment, supplies or where the unit will be sent.

    As Ukraine’s Armed Forces have seized the initiative in recent weeks following a successful counteroffensive in eastern Ukraine’s Kharkiv region, the Kremlin’s decision to draft tens of thousands of reservists is most likely designed to bolster its defenses in areas it still controls rather than launch new attacks, according to analysts.


    Either way, the move will put strain on the country’s outdated mobilization system, which was largely dismantled in the late Soviet period and apparently under-funded for many years.


    “The first limit on mobilization is likely to be throughput — the system has to call up, house, train, feed, equip,” military analyst Michael Kofman tweeted last week.


    As much as 90% of the country’s estimated 2-million-strong military reserves — mostly former contract soldiers and former conscripts — have not received any training since their initial service, according to a 2019 report by U.S. think tank RAND Corporation.


    While Russian President Vladimir Putin said all drafted men would be trained before being sent to the front when he announced the “partial” mobilization last week, it is unclear exactly what this training will involve, or how long it will last.


    “That's it, the games are over. You’re all soldiers now,” one Russian officer told a group of mobilized men in a video published on social media earlier this week.


    “Three days here. A flight. And then two weeks of military training,” he added.


    Other reports have suggested that mobilized men are receiving even less than two weeks of training — and sometimes none at all.


    A lack of training is likely to cost Russia thousands of lives, according to Ben Hodges, a former commander of the U.S. Army in Europe.


    “It is criminal to send untrained soldiers into combat… it’s murder,” Hodges told The Moscow Times. “I doubt these men will survive very long.”


    The U.S. military maintains it needs a minimum of 10 weeks to properly equip a private soldier with basic skills.

    “That first 10 weeks is what transforms them, gets them physically ready, builds the culture and mindset, and gives them confidence,” Hodges said.


    Even if Russia wanted to train its mobilized men, high casualty rates and current deployments mean it’s unlikely that there are enough officers available, analysts said.


    “The war will now increasingly be fought on the Russian side by people who do not want to be there,” said Rob Lee, a military analyst at the Foreign Policy Research Institute.


    “The difference in morale, unit cohesion, and other critical factors between Ukrainian and Russian units will grow even greater,” Lee tweeted last week.


    In addition to problems with morale and effectiveness, sending hundreds of thousands more men into combat will require significant quantities of modern weaponry and vehicles.


    However, after sustaining heavy losses to its fleets of tanks and armored vehicles in seven months of fighting, Russia likely only has old equipment to dispatch to Ukraine.


    And, while Russia is believed to have many storage facilities with Soviet-made vehicles and weapons — including thousands of tanks — it is not clear whether this equipment is in working condition.


    The fact that Russia has abandoned a huge number of tanks in the war — about 386, according to Oryx intelligence blog — suggests that Moscow has not been regularly servicing its equipment, according to analysts.


    Unconfirmed footage circulating on social media in recent days has shown newly mobilized men training with rusting weaponry.


    “Having used up its best equipment, officers, and personnel, I don't see how this can be recovered,” analyst Kofman tweeted.

    Russia to Send Conscripts to Ukraine With Little Training, Old Equipment - The Moscow Times

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    ^^No one dies in your stupid “war on Germany.”
    There will be some deaths from hypothermia in the coming Winter, I wager. Mostly elderly.

    **Disclaimer- the alleged Rand report "Weakening Germany, Strengthening U.S." is being described as fake by, well, predictable sources. Lets keep a fair degree of scepticism for now, until more details emerge- or don't, as the case might be. **
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    Noted.

    Why worry about elderly Germans who you think might die?

    What about these Russians being called up for slaughter?

    The REAL war.

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    You forgot the Ukrainians, actually dying in greater numbers- they are human too. Don't seem to be many efforts being made towards Peace though, and with annexation likely to be proceed, might not be for a while yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    You forgot the Ukrainians, actually dying in greater numbers- they are human too. Don't seem to be many efforts being made towards Peace though, and with annexation likely to be proceed, might not be for a while yet.
    We all know the way to achieve peace: Puffy stops this bullshit illegal invasion and fucks off back to Russia before more of his troops get turned into dog food.

    Ukraine is fully entitled to defend itself as is any sovereign nation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    FULL- https://www.moonofalabama.org/2022/09/the-war-on-germany-just-entered-its-hot-phase.html#more
    Hoohoo will be livid that you're nicking stuff from one of his favourite bullshit sites.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    **Disclaimer- the alleged Rand report "Weakening Germany, Strengthening U.S." is being described as fake by, well, predictable sources. Lets keep a fair degree of scepticism for now, until more details emerge- or don't, as the case might be. **
    What's fake is you claiming Rand wrote the US strategy manual. You're an idiot. They get paid to perform studies and analyses and guess what, it's all on the internet.

    Russia’s War in Ukraine: Insights from RAND | RAND

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    Russia Limits Access to Georgia Border Region

    Authorities in North Ossetia ordered a restriction of car travel to the Russian republic that neighbors Georgia on Wednesday, after tens of thousands fled over the border to escape the Kremlin's mobilization drive.


    The head of North Ossetia, Sergei Menyaylo, wrote on Telegram that he had placed the small mountainous region on "high alert" and ordered to "restrict the entry of cars."


    Huge queues of Russians mostly men of military age have formed at the border with Georgia since President Vladimir Putin announced the mobilization on Sept. 21 to prop up Moscow's forces in Ukraine.


    Menyaylo said entry for passenger vehicles will be restricted aside from cars registered in North Ossetia, the neighboring pro-Kremlin separatist republic South Ossetia or Georgia.

    MORE Russia Limits Access to Georgia Border Region – Authorities - The Moscow Times

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    'Honestly, they're all going to die' What Russian soldiers who have already fought in Ukraine think about Putin's mobilization effort


    Kirill, contract soldier


    If I’m being honest, they’re all going to die there. They'll be mutilated and killed. This isn’t a trained army! I, for example, served [as a contract soldier] for a long time, then chose to go [to the front in Ukraine] myself — and I still found myself unprepared. The very first day, I realized I had made the biggest mistake of my life.


    When I decided to go to Ukraine, I was a staunch patriot. I believed there were Nazi formations of some kind there, like the Right Sector, the Aidar [Battalion], the Azov [Battalion]. Plus I’d watched a bunch of [Russian] films like Soltsepyok and Opolchenochka. Plus, all of the Telegram and TV channels were designed to pump [that stuff into] our brains.


    But even while we were still being driven across the border in the Ural [truck], I realized that we were the occupiers, we were the fascists. I [...] was sitting in the truck bed, watching the scenes going by. What we were leaving behind. All of those destroyed villages in Kharkiv. I realized we were actually destroying a country. Along with its civilian population.


    You’d go through a village and children would run out onto the road and gesture after you: either “smoke” or “eat.” I just couldn’t wrap my head around it. The world was upside down; I felt empty inside. You realize all of your life so far was fiction. A soap bubble.


    We traveled like that to Izium [in the Kharkiv region]. I spent three days on the frontline — and got another wake-up call when our own artillery fired at us. Then those stupid commands began…


    I’ve served more than a few times, and I can tell when I’m being sent in for slaughter. And I immediately told this guy with big epaulets to fuck off: “I’m not just a bargaining chip! I’m a soldier for the Russian army! You can’t just throw me under the bus like this!” To which he answered, “You’re all just cannon fodder. You’re the third group of people to form this battalion. Do you know where the first two groups died? And you’ll die here.” Then he told my commander, “Send in the meat." [Us.]


    They were trying to advance, and they threw us at a Ukrainian stronghold, where tanks, artillery, and machine guns were all operating. And the Ukrainians had hundreds of troops, while we only had 40.


    You wake up as one person, and by the evening, you’ve become someone else. You go through such intense metamorphoses that it scares you. It scares you how blind you were below. And deaf.

    I lay in a trench for two or three days — and left in the first vehicle I saw. I jumped into the first vehicle that left our positions to get food and munitions. At first, they said, “We don’t take refusers,” but I told them, “I have a gun, so you’ll take me one way or another.”


    [...]


    This is a scary time: 1922–1939 is starting all over again, 100 years later. And I really want to tell [the new conscripts] that they should all come back — however many there are — and turn towards Moscow.


    Even when I’ve tried to explain things to people, they haven’t listened. Nobody believes words, you see? I was like that, too — and there was a time when people who had already been to Ukraine tried to talk me out of it. They called me right from the front lines and told me not to even think about it.

    When I look at [the people being mobilized now], I see myself three months ago. But I don’t have any sympathy for them. If you have a choice, choose life! Sure, it might be life in prison; sure, the state will consider you a criminal — for you’ll know you’re not a criminal. You won’t kill anybody. You won’t shoot anybody.


    We’re the fascists — really. We’re the fascists. There’s not another word for it. There really is a denazification happening in Ukraine right now — not for Ukraine, but for us.



    Anatoly, mercenary


    I got a summons the other day. I immediately called the military commissar and told him where he could go. He took offense: “Why are you talking to me like that?” Well, how am I supposed to talk to you, comrade colonel? I did six months there [in Ukraine as part of the Wagner PMC]. Are you kidding me with this?


    “We didn’t know you’d just returned from there!” Well, of course [Wagner] didn’t share that information — officially, it was as if we weren’t even there.


    And the military commissar knows perfectly well who it was mouthing off at hiim — I introduced myself and everything. He said, “Well, come on over, we’ll get it sorted out.” There’s no way I’m going there — I understand perfectly well that I’ll be put in handcuffs, stick me on a train, and send me far away.


    A bunch of newly-mobilized guys have already called me: “What do I do? Where should I go?” Go on, I tell them, serve. I told them what boots to buy and how to behave themselves there.

    Some of my friends have recently had children — theoretically, those people can’t be conscripted. But they’re conscripting them anyway. People are clutching their head; they don’t know what to do. A lot of people have loans and mortgages — who’s going to pay them now?


    I don’t understand what this crowd of people is going to achieve. If we, the professionals, got our asses whipped out there, what do they think they’re going to do? The best case scenario is that they stay in the reserves [in the Donbas]. The worst is that they die a hero’s death. Two options.


    Especially if they get thrown out there after a week of training. A week — that’s nothing at all! Combat units need at least a month to a month and a half for unit cohesion.


    [...]


    These [newly drafted] IT guys and other cannon fodder — what are they going to do? They won’t change anything [at the front] and they won’t solve anything. A friend of mine had a son that served for a year — and he got a summons, too. He didn’t so much as smell gunpowder — he may have fired a weapon twice throughout his whole service. So what are they sending him for? What’s going to happen to him? I just don’t get it. I can’t wrap my head around it.


    So why recruit these 300,000? I think there’s going to be a total standoff: NATO against Russia. I hope they don’t throw these conscripts to the front immediately and instead spend some time training them. So that there’s a reserve that’s ready for battle. And then [if there’s a direct confrontation with NATO] they’d be ready as soon as the command was given.


    Everyone’s scared. I’m scared, too, to be honest. Something bad is coming at full force — I can sense it.



    Chingiz, contract soldier


    This [mobilization] is evidence that the army’s been defeated. And they’re conscripting anyone and everyone. A lot of people don’t understand, but that’s how it is: Russia’s professional army has been destroyed over the last six months — and now they’re conscripting the entire reserve.


    I was a contract soldier myself — and [even] we were given inadequate training. The photo reports [of the training] are one thing — but the results [at the front] showed that it was all a Potemkin village.


    Even we had huge losses. And now it’s just a crowd of people who were given a form. [...] What difference are they going to make [on the frontline]? They’re just going to die for nothing. These are just civilians who did their [mandatory] military service at some point.

    Everyone who’s there [in Ukraine] right now just wants to go home. They want someone to come replace them. Even [my fellow servicemen] who supported the war wanted to go home: “We need to at least take a break at home for a month or two — then we can go back and defeat the fascist scum.”


    [...]


    A friend of mine who’s been drafted is supposed to go [to Ukraine] two weeks from now. In theory, he’s against the war. But his position… I don’t understand it. “Well, fine. They drafted me, so I guess I’d go.” He’s docile like that. I don’t like that — I tried to talk him out of it. But he goes, “What, and go to jail for a year? It’s better to help the other guys.” That’s become a standard phrase: “I need to help the other guys.” But all of the decent guys have already gotten out of there.


    I’ve thought a lot about where this deference comes from. It’s like you try to explain to people that Russia is the aggressor, Putin is the aggressor. And that “protecting the Motherland” in a foreign country while destroying their cities all just looks suspect. That it’s not Ukraine who attacked first, it’s Russia. But they all have the same argument: “Well, what if NATO came? And besides, the Ukrainians are Nazis.” That kind of thing. [...]

    I tell them, “Well, if NATO came, then what? Would our lives get worse? And what — like your life is good now?” They don’t even have any good arguments about why NATO is bad — they just repeat the mantras [they hear on TV]. About how “Russia was forced to launch this preventative strike, because otherwise NATO would have come right up to our borders.”


    [...]


    I went [to Ukraine] in January — and it’s true: we all thought we were just going there for military exercises. [...] I saw how unprepared the Russian army was. We just kept moving forward, and they kept bombing us. Then we got to Kyiv, dug in, and they started bombing us again. That’s how the whole war has gone.


    The civilians would run from us: we kept entering empty villages. The families who remained hung up white flags and stayed inside their houses. In Buzova [a village near Kyiv], I saw a family with a child who was in pain. His mother was crying — I saw it myself — and telling him she couldn’t call an ambulance. Because of the war. The child was in a lot of pain. [He was] five years old. And a few days later, I learned he had died. Which means he died because of us. Because we’d gone there.

    https://meduza.io/en/feature/2022/09...g-to-die-there

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    Russia Limits Access to Georgia Border Region

    Authorities in North Ossetia ordered a restriction of car travel to the Russian republic that neighbors Georgia on Wednesday, after tens of thousands fled over the border to escape the Kremlin's mobilization drive.
    I read somewhere that Russia has put a conscription office down by a Georgia border crossing. A target rich environment for the conscriptors, all those service age young men with nowhere to go.

    It's all tragic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    You forgot the Ukrainians, actually dying in greater numbers- they are human too.
    Another one of your complete falsehoods. Nothing more than a bald face lie. Ukrainians are killing scores more Russian than they take in casualties back. Putin called this mobilization for a reason because the Ukrainians are slaughtering them piecemeal.

    The Ukrainians are the better army, and it is really showing on the battlefield.

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    That is untrue, the Ukr forces have suffered considerably higher casualties than the Russians. You will swallow anything, sucker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    That is untrue, the Ukr forces have suffered considerably higher casualties than the Russians.
    Let see your evidence, then. Literally everything you post these days is total bullshit, so I won't hold my breath.


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    Quote Originally Posted by bsnub View Post
    Let see your evidence, then. Literally everything you post these days is total bullshit, so I won't hold my breath.

    Cue some RT bullshit or the like ....

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Cue some RT bullshit or the like ....
    Exactly. You will not find one credible source claiming that Ukraine has taken more casualties than the Russians because it is total BS. The Ukrainians have been on the defensive until recently, and the Russians have been on a constant attack since the start of the war. Everyone knows that attackers take higher casualties than the defenders. If the Russian army was not hollowed out, there would never have been a mobilization.

    The truth is the Ukrainians have lost about fourteen thousand troops compared to about fifty-eight thousand for the Russians, that is not even counting the wounded just the KIA's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsnub View Post
    The truth is the Ukrainians have lost about fourteen thousand troops compared to about fifty-eight thousand for the Russians, that is not even counting the wounded just the KIA's.
    Yes, for combat troops.

    Unfortunately if you add the huge number of murdered Ukraine civilians the Ukraine deathtoll far exceeds that of Russians.

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    AN opinion from Portugal with references to the financial ramifications of this event.

    Published September 28, 2022 by Quantum Bird

    Germany and the EU received a declaration of war

    Pepe Escobar - September 28, 2022 - [Translated and published with the author's permission]

    "This episode of Hybrid Industrial/Commercial Warfare, in the form of a terrorist attack against energy infrastructure in international waters, marks the absolute collapse of international law, drowned by an order "our way or go to the street", "based on rules".

    The attack on both pipelines consisted of multiple explosive charges detored in separate branches near the Danish island of Bornholm, but in international waters.

    This was a sophisticated operation, carried out on the sly in the depths of the Danish Straits. This would exclude, in principle, submarines (ships entering the Baltic are limited to a draft of 15 metres). As for the possible "invisible" ships, they could only roam with Copenhagen's permission as the waters around Borholm are full of sensors, reflecting the fear of russian vessels incursion.

    Swedish semaologists recorded two underwater explosions on Monday one with an estimated power equivalent to 100 kg of TNT. However, up to 700 kg may have been used to explode three separate pipe nodes. Such a quantity could not have been delivered on just one voyage by submarine drones currently available in neighboring nations.

    The pressure on the pipelines has dropped exponentially. The pipes are now filled with seawater.

    The pipes in NS and NS2 can be repaired, of course, but hardly before the arrival of General Winter. The question is whether Gazprom already focused on several large Eurasian customers would be bothered, especially considering that Gazprom's ships could be exposed to a possible NATO naval attack in the Baltic.

    German authorities are already saying that NS and NS2 could "potentially" be out of service "forever." The EU economy and citizens urgently needed this gas supply. However, the EUrocracy in Brussels which governs nation states would not follow, because they were instructed by the Empire of Chaos, Lies and Plunder. It can be argued that this Euro-oligarchy should one day be tried for treason.

    As it stands, strategic irreversibility is already evident; the population of several EU countries will pay a huge price and suffer serious consequences from this attack in the short, medium and long term.

    Cui bono?

    Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson admitted it was "a matter of sabotage." Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen admitted that "it was not an accident." Berlin agrees with the Scandinavians.

    Now compare with former Polish Defense Minister (2005-2007) Radek Sikorski, a Russian married to rabid American "analyst" Anne Applebaum, who gleeed "Thank you, USA."

    It is even more curious when we know that, simultaneously with sabotage, the Baltic Channel was partially opened, from Norway to Poland, a "new gas supply corridor" serving "the Danish and Polish markets": in fact, a minor issue, considering that months ago its sponsors were in trouble to find gasoline, and now it will be even more difficult, with much higher costs.

    The NS2 had already been attacked in the open during its construction. In February, Polish ships actively tried to prevent the Fortuna pipe-seating ship from terping the NS2. The pipes were being laid south of - you guessed it - Bornholm.

    NATO, in turn, has been very active in the area of submarine drones. Americans have access to Norwegian long-range submarine drones that can be modified with other features. Alternatively, professional navy divers could have been employed in sabotage even if the tidal currents around Bornholm are a serious matter.

    The General Picture reveals the collective West in absolute panic, with Atlanticist "elites" willing to resort to anything outrageous lies, assassinations, terrorism, sabotage, total financial war, support for neo-Nazis to prevent their fall into the geopolitical and geoeconomic abyss.

    The deactivation of NS and NS2 represents the definitive closure of any possibility of a Germany-Russia agreement on gas supply, with the added benefit of relegate Germany to the lower status of absolute vassal of the US.

    So this brings us to the key question of which Western intelligence system designed sabotage. The main candidates are, of course, the CIA and MI6 with Poland set up as the delivery guy and Denmark playing a very dishonest role: it is impossible that Copenhagen has not at least been "informed" about the operation.

    Prescient as always, as early as April 2021, the Russians were asking questions about the military security of Nord Stream.

    The crucial vector is that we may be faced with the case of an EU/NATO member involved in an act of sabotage against the EU/NATO's number one economy. That's a casus belli. Apart from the terrible mediocrity and cowardice of the current administration in Berlin, it is clear that the BND German intelligence as well as the German Navy and informed industrialists, sooner or later, will do the math.

    This is far from an isolated attack. On September 22, there was an attack on Turk Stream by Kiev saboteurs. The day before, British-identified marine drones were found in Crimea, suspected of being part of the plot. Add to that U.S. helicopters flying over the future sabotage knots weeks ago; a UK "research" ship wandering in Danish waters since mid-September; and NATO tweeting about testing "new unmanned systems at sea" on the same day as sabotage.
    Show me the money (gas)

    The Danish defence minister met urgently with NATO's secretary general on Wednesday. After all, the explosions happened very close to Denmark's exclusive economic zone (EEZe). This can be qualified as raw kabuki at best; On exactly the same day, the European Commission (EC), NATO's de facto political office, advanced its trademark obsession: more sanctions against Russia, including the ceiling guaranteed to go wrong for oil prices.

    Meanwhile, the EU's energy giants are hard to waste a lot of time on sabotage.
    The call includes the German Wintershall Dea AG and PEG/E.ON; dutch NV Nederlandse Gasunie; and the French ENGIE. Then there are those who funded NS2: Wintershall Dea again, as well as Uniper; Austrian OMV; ENGIE again; and Anglo-Dutch Shell. Wintershall Dea and ENGIE are co-owners and creditors. Your furious shareholders will want clear answers to a serious investigation.

    It gets worse: there are no more restrictions in front of Pipeline Terrorism. Russia will be on red alert not only for Turk Stream, but also for the Power of Siberia. The same for the Chinese and their maze of pipelines arriving in Xinjiang.

    Whatever the methodology and actors who were on the circuit, this is revenge early for the inevitable collective defeat of the West in Ukraine. And a rude warning to the Global South that they will do it again. However, the action always generates reaction: from now on, "funny things" can also happen with US/UK pipelines in international waters.

    The EU oligarchy is achieving an advanced process of disintegration at the speed of light. His window of opportunity to at least try a role as a strategically autonomous geopolitical actor is now closed.
    These EUROcrats are now facing a serious situation. Once it is clear who are the perpetrators of sabotage in the Baltic, and once they understand all the socio-economic consequences that change the lives of pan-European citizens, kabuki will have to stop. Including the subplot already underway, and ultra-ridiculous, that Russia blew up its own pipeline, even considering that Gazprom could have simply turned off the valves forever.

    And once again, it gets worse: Gazprom is threatening to sue Ukrainian energy company Naftofgaz for unpaid bills. This would lead to the end of Russian gas transit from Ukraine towards the EU.
    As if all this were not serious enough, Germany is contractually obliged to buy at least 40 billion cubic meters of Russian gas per year by 2030.

    Just say no? They can't: Gazprom has a legal right to be paid even without sending gas. That's the spirit of a long-term contract. And it's already happening: because of the sanctions, Berlin doesn't get all the gas it needs, but it still has to pay.

    All the demons are here


    It is now painfully clear that imperial velvet gloves were taken off when it comes to vassals. EU independence: verboten [forbidden - translator's note]. Cooperation with China: verboten. Independent commercial connectivity with Asia: verboten. The only place for the EU is to be economically subjugated to the US: a tasteless remix from 1945-1955. With a perverse neoliberal touch: we will own your industrial capacity and you will have nothing.

    The sabotage of the NS and NS2 is embedded in the imperial wet dream of breaking the Eurasian land mass into a thousand pieces to prevent a trans-Eurasian consolidation between Germany (representing the EU), Russia and China: $50 trillion in GDP, based on purchasing power parity (PPP) compared to the US$20 trillion.
    We must return to Mackinder: control of the Eurasian land mass constitutes control of the world. American elites and their Trojanhorses across Europe will do whatever it takes not to give up their control.

    The "American elites" in this context encompass the crazed "intelligence community" infested by Straussian neoconservatives and Big Energy, Big Pharma and Big Finance that pays them and profits not only from the Deep State's Infinite Wars approach, but also wants to make a killing with the Great Reset invented by Davos.
    The Raging Twenties began with a murder of General Soleimani. Blowing up pipelines is part of the sequence. There will be a road to hell by 2030. However, to quote Shakespeare, hell is definitely empty, and all the demons (Atlanticists) are here."

    https://sakerlatam.org/a-alemanha-e-...cao-de-guerra/

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