Nord Stream debate in the Bundestag: non-topics and Kiesewetter’s conspiracy theories

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In the current hour in the Bundestag on Friday, deputies from the CDU, SPD, Greens and FDP tried as far as possible to explain the revelations of investigative journalist Seymour Hersh about the Nord Stream attacks as irrelevant. However, one statement by Roderich Kiesewetter seemed particularly obscure.

The AfD parliamentary group pushed through a current hour in the Bundestag to make “attacks on German and European infrastructure” an issue. The attacks on the Nord Stream pipelines in particular were the central topic. The attacks had received new public attention thanks to the investigative report by award-winning journalist Seymour Hersch. This shows that the USA should be the mastermind behind it.

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Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) was excused and stayed away from the debate. Vice-Chancellor and Economics Minister Robert Habeck (Bündnis90/Die Grünen) also stayed away from the current hour, and Habeck’s summoning requested by the AfD was rejected by the rest of Parliament.

Right at the beginning of the debate, Till Steffen, parliamentary secretary of the Greens, declared the topic irrelevant, the AfD had registered a “real non-topic” and described the latest developments in the investigation of the attacks as a “conspiracy theory”. Tino Chrupalla, co-chair of the AfD, said in his speech that the attacks had shown that Germany’s security was under threat at various levels and demanded that the government do everything possible to investigate the attacks on the Nord Stream pipelines .

“This is the most serious terrorist action since the Second World War.”

To this day, however, there is no information about the perpetrators, and there is “loud silence everywhere,” says Chrupalla. At least the Federal Public Prosecutor recently said that it is currently not possible to seek responsibility from Russia.

“And so I ask: What role do our European neighbors and so much invoked good friends play? […] Why does Sweden refuse to provide information about its own investigation results? What role does Poland play in this game? […]”

One has a right to clarification, Chrupalla continued, because this “eternal silence on the part of the federal government is the breeding ground for rumors and conspiracy theories”. Sebastian Fiedler from the SPD then accused the AfD of “scandalizing”: It was not the task of parliament, but of the Attorney General to investigate. This also happens, but it takes a certain amount of time due to the underwater crime scene. The same is true of the unsolved attempts to attack Deutsche Bahn, which is still being investigated.

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The CDU MP Roderich Kiesewetter argued similarly. In addition, the “author of the article” on the Nord Stream attacks did not name his source, Kiesewetter continues to complain. He went on to say that he wasn’t wondering if Hersh was right about the attacks, but rather who benefited from the fact that a line appeared to remain intact during the attacks. Contrary to the facts and apparently influenced by conspiracy theory, Kiesewetter also claimed that Russia had sent gas through the pipelines at high pressure several days after the attacks:

“Not to preserve the traces, but to cover up the traces.”

The left-wing politician Sevim Dağdelen, on the other hand, criticized the fact that pronouncement journalism now prevails in the Federal Republic. Hersh has always opposed such pronouncement journalism:

“Today it has gone so far that privately financed, so-called fact-checkers are working towards the decomposition of the opposition to war policy and are declaring what is right and what shouldn’t be right.”

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Hersh did not understand journalism as a state-controlled production of opinion. It is all the more obvious that Hersh’s revelations hardly ever appear in the public and leading media. According to Dağdelen, one cannot hide behind the investigations of the Attorney General for all eternity.

“I don’t even want to speculate why the federal government seems to have this lack of will to clarify.”

She further explained:

“Perhaps one does not necessarily have to assume that Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Foreign Minister Baerbock will not even go to the bakery alone without first obtaining permission from the US administration. But it is becoming apparent to more and more people that the federal government’s waiver of an independent and diplomatic foreign policy that does not see itself as being in a relationship of bondage to the USA threatens to become one of the ever-increasing problems for the security of the population.”

Dağdelen called for an international commission of inquiry under the auspices of the UN and also pointed out that a manifesto for peace negotiations signed by 69 intellectuals was published just a few hours ago.

The FDP MP Konstantin Kuhle said that clarification was “desirable”, but there are currently no new findings. Therefore, any speculation is forbidden, especially with regard to the “dubious sources”. Kuhle also complained that Dağdelen mentioned the “peace pamphlet by Sahra Wagenknecht and Alice Schwarzer” and claimed that Russian President Vladimir Putin wanted to “annihilate” Ukraine. He also claimed that the “fringes”, i.e. Die Linke and the AfD, were under Moscow’s influence and described AfD MP Markus Frohnmaier as “Moscow’s best man” and “Moscow’s agent”.

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Frohnmaier, who spoke after Kuhle, explained in turn that the topic was far too serious to engage in polemics in this way. He also spoke of a total failure of the federal government in view of the fact that even he as a member of parliament “137 days after Nord Stream was blown up” still didn’t know anything about those responsible.

“Because in these 137 days the government of Scholz, Baerbock and Habeck has contributed nothing, zero, not a nanometer to the investigation. After almost five months, the government of the fourth largest economy on earth still does not know who attacked us on our own doorstep .”

This could now be interpreted in different ways, Frohnmaier continued:

“The friendliest interpretation of this total failure is that our government consists of incompetent jugglers who are not taken seriously in Moscow, Washington, or Oslo. In the worst case, it means something completely different: that this government has no interest in enlightenment. That these government is suppressing the truth. That this government is not acting in the interests of Germany, but in the interests of other countries.”

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