How many people got the Nord Stream bombing wrong?
And how many people will admit it?
The Russian government has accused the United Kingdom of carrying out the Nord Stream pipeline bombings in a series of statements over the past week. Whether this is what actually happened is anybody’s guess, but it does seem to rule out one popular suspect: the United States. If the Kremlin had any significant evidence of US involvement we presumably would have heard about it by now, but as of now Russia’s new allegations means that there is no major power in the world today accusing the US of carrying out the attacks.
Can you think of anyone who, as recently as a week ago, had named the UK as their primary suspect? I can’t. The closest you will get are hilariously vague claims about “the West” or “Europe” or an attempt to insist that the UK and the US are in some sense the same thing.
But the specific implications of a UK bombing matter. The particular nations involved will shape whether and how Russia decides to retaliate, and this may also impact diplomatic relations among NATO member states. That so many people got this so confidently wrong is a testament to how unmoored from reality our punditry on Ukraine has become, and that no one is going to acknowledge this gives us good reason to expect such mistakes for the foreseeable future.