- Jan 5, 2009
- Reaction score
- Alliance, Ohio
I was not aware of some of that, but would still object to limiting the discussion to who benefits. "Who might have a justifiable reason, in their own minds, to do so?" might better encompass the potential nuances. The reasons might be both subtle and convoluted. China might be on that list, if they thought it served their interests, for example. I agree that... probably... limits it to state actors, but there remain a number of nations who might wish to harm Russia or to serve political, or corporate, interests that may not be easily understood. While the US is certainly capable of inflicting the damage seen, I don't see the political or military will to do so in our present government.Besides who would benefit, you have to ask who is able to do it? Where it was damaged, it was ~500meters below sea level and it was damaged with the equivalent of more than 200 pounds of TNT at each of the 3 locations. That would limit the actors to nation-states or large corporations that have the required knowledge and experience (Oil & Gas companies)
So limit by actors able to do it and who would benefit, the list becomes very small very quickly.