Nord Stream: Whodunnit (EN)?

15. March 2023: In the plenary session of the Bundestag, I presented my motion for an investigative committee into the attacks on Nord Stream (YouTube, with subtitles). Below is the English translation of my speech:

Mr. President, honorable members of parliament, guests and viewers, within 48 hours of the double whammy in the Baltic Sea, I was able to ask Chancellor Scholz via video call what measures he saw fit to take after the pipeline blasts. My idea was to order the entire German Navy to the Baltic Sea, regardless of the culprit, as an unmistakable sign to friend and foe that we are to be taken seriously. In doing so, one should keep President and General de Gaulle in mind, who removed the French fleet in the Mediterranean from American high command in 1959. In October 2022, I then asked in the social media: “What if it wasn’t the Russians?”, and in February 2023: “What if it was the Americans?” The latter, after all, confessed in advance after a manner on February 7th 2022, some two weeks before the Russian attack: “There will no longer be a Nord Stream 2.“ The German Chancellor Scholz stood off to the side, looking somewhat embarrassed. In the EU committee, one played it down and shrugged it off. My unspoken suspicion toward Germany’s friends in NATO and the EU was absurd, they said. As the Greek EU Commissioner Schinas joined the EU committee by video link on November 30th, he also contented himself with noting that the EU – in addition to Germany, the Netherlands and France were affected as fellow pipeline operators – can only investigate with the help of NATO, Interpol and Europol or purely national agencies of their member states. The main victim, however, is Germany, which now pays a multiple of the previous price to middlemen old and new, and is forced to make billions upon billions in misguided, unnecessary new investments. We must identify the culprit and draw consequences.

Perhaps General and President de Gaulle will send his regards. The German government, which time and again proves to be the advocate of foreign interests, clearly needs to explain to an investigative committee what it undertook against a Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act. This act from the summer of 2017 under Trump amounted to a declaration of economic war against the European energy supply. Entirely contrary to international law, it sanctioned everything and everyone in order to prevent the construction and operation of the new pipeline. Now, both Baltic Sea pipelines are out of commission. Cui bono? The specifically German, horizontal Twin Towers-9/11 event, and be it without immediate dead, cries out for a political, legal, and economic answer. The UN Security Council dealt with the matter for the first time this February. Only Germany remains in a kind of accepting stupor. The apparent official German complicity can only be dispelled by an investigative committee. This could spell the end of the Chancellor and the government. Until now, the attack has only been hushed up and brushed under the rug. Increasingly absurd additional narratives are added to the mix, but only to avoid having to act sovereignly and take a clear position. The dead fish of politics in German interest – perhaps rather a dead frog – was sufficiently amputated, dissected and disemboweled before and after reunification. If the odd mangled limb still twitches, it is because of international electric cables and has nothing to do with vital signs indicating that one isn’t willing to be constantly exploited, that one won’t constantly go along with anything that doesn’t lie in one’s rational self-interest. If it isn’t to be entirely dependent on foreign whistleblowers, a non-dysfunctional parliament must lead the government horse to the water or send it packing. Our initiative can unravel this whole plot. I will close with a statement of principle: Nord Stream was and is almost the only presentable piece of real politics in German interests, begun by an SPD chancellor who is now a pariah, and buried by the taciturn Chancellor Scholz. Thank you very much.