Explain in Comments why Saint Putin of the KGB would never, ever do something this devious and evil, and why Emperor Stumblefuck Poopypants I is too savvy to walk into this with his thumb in his mouth, drool running down to his elbow, and his pants around his ankles. Show all work.
If you cannot do that, STFU.
Seriously: if all you've got is naked gainsaying, don't bother. That will probably weed out all but one or two weakly argued attempts. Bring your A game, or stay in the bleachers. I'm too busy today to argue with retards. DLTDHYITAOYWO.
Europe has nothing to gain from this, and everything to lose.
The U.S. has nothing to gain from this, and everything to lose.
Russia has everything to gain from this, and little, if anything, to lose. And if the time comes to rebuild the pipeline, Europe will gladly pay every penny, directly or indirectly. Net loss to Russia: ₱0.
For the low-information punditry, the pipelines sit at a depth of about 240 feet of water. Not thousands of feet down.
Anybody with a rowboat, a fish finder, 20 pounds of Semtex, and a few hundred feet of det cord had the means to do this. It isn't WWII: You don't have to swim over to it and wrap explosives around the pipeline to get the job done, FFS.
|Been to sea, and still had to have this explained to you?
Stop licking the windows on the short bus.
That leaves the possible suspects at 150 nations, and 58 terrorist organizations. And 98% of the later have long historical ties for financing and supply from Russia and her client states.
Hell, it even leaves the list of suspects with the means at hundreds of corporations, and thousands of beer-drinking stump-blasting bass-cranking Bass Pro Shop Good Ole Bubbas from the Carolinas to the Colorado River, just off the top of my head, without even breaking a sweat.
Thousands and thousands of potential suspects could have done this. It's not like finding the Titanic "somewhere" in the North Atlantic.
So what say let's all stop pretending, a la MSNBC, it was the January 6th Coup Attempt trying to land a manned mission on Mars to conquer the solar system.
So: Russia wouldn't do this? With everything to gain, and nothing to lose??
Grow the fuck up.
Zero downside, could have paid for it out of petty cash/pocket change, and it would have taken about 3 minutes to plan and a half an hour to execute.
They could, and they did.
UPDATE: More grist for the mill.