The explosions which took out three of the four gas conduits for Nord Stream 1 and 2 may be the gift that keeps on giving for whichever entity orchestrated the sabotage. Once the gas leaks out, seawater floods in, corrode corroding and ruining the pipelines.
Meanwhile, German security authorities are assuming that the three tubes of the Baltic Sea pipeline Nord Stream 1 and 2 will be forever useless after alleged acts of sabotage . If they are not repaired quickly, a lot of salt water will run in and corrode the pipelines, the Tagesspiegel learned from government circles.
Unless dive teams are working to seal the leaks even now, the odds of the pipelines being a total loss rise rapidly.
Remember the 'leaked' phone call in which Victoria Nuland said, "Fuck the E.U."?
Well she really meant it! -- LOL
That said, I also remember when Hurricane Sandy flooded a goodly portion of the NYC subway system back in 2012 and lots of people said the damage would be irreparable; that some of those lines would never run again due to salt water damage to & corrosion of the electrical switch gear and such. But in a matter of weeks, they were all up and running. These pipes are not that deep down. I'm confident they can be repaired if Europe and Russia are motivated to do so.
Regardless of who did this, the scariest thing about it is that it basically says that it's open season on all critical infrastructure. Think about all the critical bridges, transmission lines, etc. that are difficult if not impossible to protect, and that have huge ramifications for the functioning of society as we know it if they taken out of commission. Plus, you have to assume that the software systems used to run and maintain these systems have likely already been infiltrated by hostile states. This statement is true of all adversaries in the current conflict. It does not lead to a pretty picture of the future and leaves everyone vulnerable in ways that most people can't contemplate.
PNK - do you still agree w your initial assessment this am that these terrorist attacks are not the risk the markets were addressing? Given the orchestration to do it could there have been leaks or hints making the rounds?
Imho this is, to quote a VP over a hot mike, "a big f\/ing deal...."
Biden and Nuland, 2 different threats of sabotage.
I’d say they are behind it w the other CIA operatives.
Putin, charge them with war crimes.
Even if they could seal the leaks (doubtful, assuming lots of explosives were used), they still have to get the seawater out -- I don't think they will be repairable. And then, whoever did it could just do it again. Much cheaper/easier to destroy, and each take-out costs billions of dollars to repair.
Biden’ odd televised remarks about the pipeline earlier this year suggest it’s either his misadministration’s doing, or he wishes for others to believe it’s his doing…