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Sweden's Dark Waters
How the Swedish people were duped by a submarine scare.
GÅSEFJÄRDEN (Rixstep) — It reads like a spy story. No - it is a spy story. A story complex in scope and scale, more so than the prodigious output of John le Carré. And it's the truth - the shameful truth. A truth shameful for those involved, for those responsible, for those who let themselves be duped.
'I went out alone to our tenant estate on Ornö this past Thursday', writes Anders Romelsjö. 'And I took along a few magazines and books I'd not yet read. Riding on a bus, a rural train, another bus, and finally a ferry, I got through a few pages of the new edition of Dark Waters: How the Swedish People Were Duped by a Submarine Scare, written by Mathias Mossberg, a jurist who was also a principal secretary of the 2001 submarine investigation.'
That's quite the beginning.
'I started with this book', Romelsjö continues, 'because I don't know much about the matter, despite living in Karlshamn, only 50 kilometres from Gåsefjärden, where the Soviet sub U137 was grounded on 27 October 1981.'
But now over to more important matters, Anders writes, and supplies this link.
Suspected Sub Sound Came from Swedish Source
In a note from 'The Echo', the most trusted news desk in the country, it's reported:
'The Echo can reveal new details about the huge submarine hunt in the autumn of 2014. The sound, initially described as the decisive evidence of a foreign submarine violating Sweden, was actually from a Swedish object and not from a foreign submarine.
'But as with our Department of Defence, our government chose to not make this information public, as it would have proved embarrassing for the Department.
'This past winter, media reported that another suspected submarine had been observed at Vindbåden in the spring of 2015. According to The Echo's sources, it's been established that the submarine was German.'
A Small Sub from Germany
The US war machine works in wondrous ways. There are times when it can be called on to plot and engineer a coup d'etat, such as in Persia, in Vietnam, in Guatemala, in Venezuela, in... Yes, the list is long. But there are other occasions - the Julian Assange case being a prominent example - when the frat boys don't quite know how to begin, and so choose instead to bide the time by sketching response scenarios, patiently waiting for the perfect opportunity to strike. When it comes to Sweden, the Soviet U137 running aground in Gåsefjärden in 1981 was just such an opportunity, and a golden one. And details subsequently uncovered revealed that the incursions were - as at Vindbåden in 2015 - perpetrated instead by NATO submarines from Germany.
A Small Country in Northern Europe
But why Sweden? Why a remote country in northern Europe with a population of less than ten million?
Sweden had been a neutral country - like Switzerland but without the banking system for protection, for two hundred years. Sweden had been a prosperous country, with an unbelievably high standard of living and general quality of life. Sweden was the living proof that the Cold War was a farce, but it was also the buffer between East and West that helped ensure that the Cold War stayed cold. As Reagan came to power in the US and Thatcher started playing 'Hello Dolly' between the Soviet Union and the US, Sweden's role began to change.
An end to the Cold War would mean that the US no longer needed a buffer zone in northern Europe between East and West - the US would instead, despite solemn assurances to the contrary, start pushing eastward as much as possible. Sweden's old role was obsoleted, and Sweden's affluent and open society became irrelevant and even an obstruction. The US already had a great 'ally' in a very young Carl Bildt who'd made his intentions known already ten years earlier, as seen in the WikiLeaks Public Library of US Diplomacy. The official end to the Cold War coincided with Bildt's brief ascendancy to Prime Minister, when funding and support for Nelson Mandela and the ANC were cut completely, and when Bildt took a delegation to Moscow to discuss submarines.
A brazen Bildt wanted the Russkies to admit to invading Swedish territorial waters in the 1980s. The Russkies refused. Bildt claimed he had an audio tape of submarine noises which proved the Russkies had been there. The Russkies listened to the tape and told Bildt it wasn't them.
The Russkies - led then by Boris Yeltsin - suggested Bildt take his tape to independent experts and have them decide. But Bildt refused. And to this day, the tape is still classified.
But data collated from the tape is available, and studied, and a few curious things emerge. The 'submarine sounds' on the tape are of an underwater vessel with only three propellers. All Russian subs have at least five - it's only US and NATO subs that have only three propellers.
But it gets worse. In 1985, Maj Wechselmann put together a withering criticism of the media hysteria surrounding the original submarine incident in Gåsefjärden in 1981, an incident which can hardly have been orchestrated by Washington as it began with a Russian submarine. But once the opportunity presented itself, the US pounced.
Maj's documentary, which goes under the hilarious title Yet Another Certainty that Approaches Probability, and with a great musical score mocking those responsible for the deception, goes through claim after claim, and headline after headline, digging deep into witness testimony and source material, and shows the viewer what really happened - and what did not. The motivations for the 'psyop' become obvious.
Maj's film is unfortunately available only in Swedish - unfortunately because although Sweden remains a small country in northern Europe, its role in geopolitics today is far-reaching, with events there affecting everyone on the planet.
Sweden's highly respected Uppdrag gransking did a two-part (two-hour) series on the sub scams. Part one was entitled Submarines, Lies, and Audio Tapes, and part two was entitled The Key to Hårsfjärden, so named after a subsequent psyop, that further exposed the deep involvement of NATO.
The announcement by The Echo, mentioned by Anders Romelsjö today, only confirms what most people already suspected: that the hysteria, renewed in 2014 and coming over thirty years after the campaign originally began, is part of unabated efforts by the US to get Sweden into NATO.
Palme: 'That fucker Bildt'
They waited for their golden opportunity - as they often do, and as they did with Julian Assange - and then they pounced. Carl Bildt sat on the investigatory committee for submarine incursions some thirty years ago, and almost before the ink dried on the final printed report, he was openly flying off with a copy to Langley to meet with his friends in the CIA. Prime Minister Olof Palme uttered when he heard of this: 'that fucker Bildt'. Bildt, when he returned to Sweden from Langley, repeatedly took to the podium at parliament to denounce the Palme government for their 'soft stance' on the Soviet Union. To this day, when it's established that NATO and not Russia had submarines in Swedish waters, Bildt will still not 'man up'. And Sweden just entered into a 'host country agreement' with NATO, and the social democratic government, a far cry from social democratic governments of old, did not even dare ask for assurances that they'd not be hosting weapons of mass destruction on Swedish soil.
The controversy of foreign submarines in Swedish territorial waters dominated discussions of Swedish national security during the Cold War, and it dominates again today. The whole world could see a Soviet submarine stranded in Gåsefjärden in 1981, but what else was happening along Swedish coastlines? In Hårsfjärden 1982, Sundsvall 1983, Karlskrona 1984, Klintehamn 1986, and Töre 1987? Mathias Mossberg's book Dark Waters: How the Swedish People Were Duped by a Submarine Scare challenges the earlier 'truth' that it could only be Soviet subs. Evidence points more and more to it being submarines from the West, something that high-ranking representatives of the governments of the UK and the US now admit. Was it all, as they now claim, a method to test Sweden's defences, in cooperation with the Swedish Navy?
Mathias Mossberg was principal secretary in the 2001 submarine investigation which is based on classified information.
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