Nord Stream 2 offers Germany a date with destiny

The image above shows Alexander NovaRussian deputy prime minister

October 07, 2022

The twists of the Nord Stream 2 (NS2) saga have led to another surprising game changer.

It started with the revelation by Gazprom that the NS2 Line B branch is intact; not only has it escaped the terror of the pipeline, but it can ‘potentially’ be used to pump gas to Germany.

This confirms once again that the NS2 is an engineering marvel. In fact, the whole system – the pipes are so strong that they did not break, but simply punctured.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandr Novak followed up with a warning: restoration of the entire system, including the NS, is possible, and “requires adequate time and funds.” But first, in Russia’s order of priorities, those responsible must be conclusively identified.

Sources in Moscow confirmed Gazprom’s assessment of the NS2. Even Bloomberg had to report it.

Later, in Vienna, when attending the Opec+ meeting, Novak commented that

the Russian Federation is “ready to supply gas through the second line of the Nord Stream 2. This is possible, if necessary.”

So we know it’s possible. Yes it is “Necessary«, It will depend on a political decision of Germany.

Novak also bluntly pointed out that neither Russia nor the Nord Stream operators have been authorized to participate in the investigation of the terrorist action on the Gas Pipeline. Russia insists that without its participation the investigation is flawed.

Whatever the modus operandi of the terrorist action on the Gas Pipeline, incompetence was part of the package. No explosive charges were placed or detonated on line B of NS2.

That means, as Novak said, this one is pretty much ready to go. Line B is capable of pumping 27.5 billion cubic meters of gas per year, which happens to be half of the total capacity of NS.

NS capacity had been reduced to 20%, due to the never-ending saga of the turbines, before it was completely shut down. Most importantly, NS2 Line B would continue to pump 2.75 times the capacity of the newly opened Baltic Pipe from Norway to Poland via Denmark. Which basically benefits Poland, unlike NS2 which serves several EU customers.

NATO investigates NATO

In a rational world, Berlin would scrap the Russian sanctions stack and immediately order the eternally delayed NS2 into operation, which would at least guarantee to mitigate the ongoing process of de-energization, de-industrialization, and deep socio-economic crisis imposed by the usual suspects on Germany.

But the collective West continues to be enslaved by geopolitical psychopaths guided by irrationality. So that’s not likely to happen.

To begin with, the “investigation” of how the Pipeline Terror happened seems like Kafka rewritten by NATO.

The operators of NS and NS2 – Switzerland-based Nord Stream AG and Nord Stream 2 AG – are unable to reach the crime scene due to absurd restrictions imposed by the Danes and Swedes. Operators need no less than 20 working days to obtain “permits” to carry out their own inspections.

The Copenhagen police deal with the crime scene near the Danish exclusive economic zone (EEZ), in parallel with the Swedish coast guard around the Swedish EEZ.

If this sounds like one of those popular Scandinavian film noir series on Netflix, that’s because it is. With a crucial twist: it is NATO that is investigating itself – Sweden is about to join NATO – without the Russians being allowed to participate. All major working hypotheses on Pipeline Terrorism point to a dirty operation within NATO against NATO member Germany.

So any disturbing evidence pointing to NATO actors can conveniently “disappear” or be tampered with during these long 20 days needed for “permits” to be granted.

Meanwhile, the consequences of the energy war imposed by the United States on Europe against Russia will continue to accumulate and will cost the EU up to a whopping 1.6 trillion euros, according to a report by Yakov & Partners, the former McKinsey division in Russia. .

If the lack of NS2 in the EU is added to the relentless increase in energy prices on the spot market, the EU’s GDP could decrease by up to 11.5% (€1.7 trillion), and some 16 million people would be forced into unemployment.

The current high level of gas storage in the EU (90%) does not mean that there is enough gas for the winter. The total gas storage is equivalent to about 90 days of demand. The EU could run out of gas in March, or even sooner, if the current pace is just a trickle of gas.

This means that the EU will have to reduce gas consumption by at least 20%. And don’t forget that imported Norwegian or American gas is ridiculously more expensive than fixed-contract Russian gas.

The return of the Morgenthau Plan

But the sanctions madness does not end there. The G7, in three successive stages, will target Russian crude, gas oil and naphtha, according to the US Treasury. They continue to insist on a cap on the price of oil, which neither Russia nor several clients in the Global South will follow.

The picture remains the same. The pipeline scare was a desperate tactic to prevent Germany from concluding a Nord Streams sanctions deal with Russia.

A secret channel of negotiation was under way. It is illuminating to consider that all previous actions by Berlin and Moscow, delaying and restricting the flow of gas, were carried out to prevent the Empire from following through on its threat to end NS2.

So the Empire made its move.

From Moscow’s point of view, that doesn’t change anything on the Grand Chess Board. The Kremlin has used the utter desperation of Washington that refuses to admit the biggest foreign policy debacle since Vietnam; meanwhile, the Russians continue to pursue the objectives of the Special Military Operation (SMO), which is about to metastasize into a Counter-Terrorist Operation (CTO). As it is, Moscow is unaffected by the interconnected crises of energy, fuel and resources, nor by the immense supply chain disruptions around the world.

Russians are essentially bewildered bystanders watching industrial production slow in the eurozone alongside capital outflows, rising inflation and social protests brewing.

There is a dangerous window for irrational imperial actions, between now and next month’s G20 in Bali. Afterwards we will have a completely different ball game, not only on the Ukrainian battlefields, but above all in an EU in anguish.

The Morgenthau Plan (See note 1, below), after World War II, was conceived to literally starve Germany by destroying the Ruhr coal mines. This plan is strikingly similar to the current Straussian plan of the American neoconservative psychopaths to cut off Germany’s Russian natural gas by bombing the NS and NS2.

The first Morgenthau Plan would have caused the deindustrialization of Germany. According to clause 3 of the plan, the entire Ruhr

“Not only must it be stripped of all…existing industries, but it must be weakened and controlled in such a way that it cannot be converted in the foreseeable future into an industrial zone.”

The end of Germany as an industrial state, after the war, would have created massive and permanent unemployment affecting 30 million people, according to Henry Stimson, the US Secretary of War. Morgenthau’s response (on what to do with 30 million unemployed) was that the surplus population could be dumped in North Africa.

Now, US intelligence was well aware of the rapprochement between Berlin and Moscow. Hitting the NS and NS2 was the main tactic of the (new)’Morgenthau Plan‘, remixed by the Straussian/neocon combo.

However, this is not over until the Wagnerian lady sings. It is not necessary to arrive at the Götterdämmerung (Trad.: The sunset of the gods. Watch Note 2): Germany, after all, can today take its destiny in its hands. All you have to do is turn on the switch on the NS2.

The author, pepe escobaris a veteran Eurasia-focused freelance journalist, author, and geopolitical analyst.

-Translated for thinkChile from English to Spanish: Martin Fisher

*Font: PressTV

Translator’s Notes:

    1. The so-called Morgenthau Plan was one of the proposals to apply in Germany after the Second World War ended. It consisted of a series of severe measures towards the defeated Germany, dispossessing it after the war of all its industrial potential, with the aim of preventing a German state from ever reaching enough military power to attack any of its neighbors again. This plan was proposed in 1944 by the then Secretary of the Treasury of the United States, Henry Morgenthau Jr.. The Morgenthau Plan was rejected in favor of the so-called Oder-Neisse line, which defined the current German borders, in negotiation between the Soviet Union , USA and England
    2. According to Norse mythology «The sunset of the gods» is the fall of these into the fire of the world, from which a more beautiful world will emerge. It is the name of Wagner’s fourth opera.The Ring of the Nibelungs«

Nord Stream 2 offers Germany a date with destiny