Swiss Colonel Bosshard Debunks Another NATO Conspiracy Theory
Oct. 5, 2022 (EIRNS)—Lt. Col. Ralph Bosshard (ret.) submitted to EIR and related publications another article debunking more of NATO’s conspiracy theories on the sabotage of the Nord Stream pipelines. After seeing new theories by self-proclaimed “security experts,” that Russia might have placed explosives on the pipeline, the Colonel once again points to the physical realities of carrying out any such operation, to then pose the devastating paradox which results: If NATO countries hold Russia responsible for blowing up the Nord Stream pipelines, they thereby are telling the world that Russia has seabed warfare capabilities vastly superior to those of NATO!
We summarize his report as follows, based on a quick machine translation from the Swiss German. EIR will soon make available a more developed translation of the full report.
Bosshard first goes into great detail on the nature of explosives, including the fact that they lose their stability over time, which means their explosive effect could diminish or they can even self-ignite without warning. Therefore, munitions storage facilities must be monitored very closely. Second, igniting the explosive would be very difficult, since radio waves do not easily pass through water that is more than 70 meters deep, and, therefore, an electrical wire would have to be laid stretching more than 300 kilometers to a Russian base at Kaliningrad, under the noses of NATO surveillance. The easiest way that could have been done, therefore, is in the “maritime training area of the Danish Navy. The physical presence of a ship, a submarine, or a U-drone is much easier to implement from NATO territory than from Russian Navy bases in Kaliningrad Oblast.”
By contrast, he writes, “all of these problems can be circumvented by simply using a large charge of explosives several hundred kilograms of weight from a submarine,” but “to bring such, unnoticed, for 300 km through NATO-controlled waters, is not very easy.”
Furthermore, if, in fact, the Russians had succeeded, NATO would have to admit that Russia’s capabilities now “endanger every submarine infrastructure of the NATO countries,” as well as other gas pipelines, such as the “Baltic Pipe” which opened a few days ago, and also all underwater cables for communications, as well as numerous lines for electric power.
Such an admission would have some obvious consequences, Bosshard points out, including debunking the NATO narrative of the “allegedly incompetent Russian armed forces so popular in recent months.” Furthermore, it would be an admission that Russia can conduct seabed warfare well beyond NATO’s ability to defend itself. If such warfare was launched, “the West is at war with Russia” making “events on the front line in eastern Ukraine suddenly become irrelevant.”
He concludes: “One may now wonder what purpose the speculation and conspiracy theories serve,” and stressing that the “most obvious and most plausible” reason is that the Americans want “to enshroud authorship in a fog.”