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Submarine Almost Capsizes UK Trawler. Without Proof, NY Times Blames Russia

  • Another classic submission from the supremely Russophobic New York Times
  • Stories about suspected Russian submarines are a new trend among Western press to keep up the scaremongering

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Russian submarines are popping up everywhere according to Western media. They were suspected to be in waters off the coast of Sweden, then Finland, and now Northern Ireland, but not once have they actually been seen or photographed. 

The NY Times lists all those 'incidents' and puts it down to Moscow’s increasing assertiveness, but conveniently forgets to mention that the 'submarine' off Swedish coast tuned out to be nothing more than a workboat.

<figcaption>Must be the Russians!</figcaption>
Must be the Russians!

And now the Times keeps banging the drum with a ridiculous piece telling its gullible readers that it was obviously a Russian sub which got caught in the nets of a UK trawler.  

With a straight face, the article bases this conclusion on assertions from the notoriously credible NATO navies that it wasn't them, and the fact that if it had been a NATO sub, it would have surfaced and apologized, in accordance with maritime law.  It never seems to occur to the Times that a NATO sub might have it's own reasons for not wanting to do that.

Sure it could have been a Russian sub, or a NATO one, and an even-handed account would have explored the liklihood of either case.  But this is the Times we are talking about, which seems hell-bent on warmongering against Russia.

Here at RI we are delighted that they carry on in this moronic fashion.  It gives us priceless material.

The New York Times reports from the scene.

ARDGLASS, Northern Ireland — After a day of fishing in the Irish Sea, Paul Murphy was about to head for home when his trawler, the Karen, suddenly shuddered to a halt.

A loud bang gave way to the sound of cables tensing. But when the Karen started moving again, it was being dragged backward, fast and at an angle.

“It was like the scene out of ‘Jaws’ when the boat took off — do you remember, the shark took the boat away?” said Mr. Murphy, the skipper, pointing to an electronic trace of the Karen’s unnatural, disjointed path that afternoon last month.

“But multiply it by 100,” he said. “It was just a bigger event.”

An 80-ton trawler that normally catches prawn in its nets, the Karen this time seemed to have ensnared a submarine. And, with the British Navy and NATO both denying involvement, suspicion has fallen on Russia, which since the conflict in Ukraine has been testing the response times of the alliance in the air and at sea.

The episode, which nearly capsized the Karen, was the second of its kind in a month off the coast of Britain, and comes at a tense time in relations between London and Moscow.

In recent months, Britain has scrambled fighter jets several times to escort Russian bombers around its airspace. After one incident in February, Prime Minister David Cameron said he suspected “that the Russians are trying to make some sort of a point.”

The Karen’s close call coincided with a NATO exercise off the British coast called Joint Warrior. By coincidence or design, it also happened while the British Navy was distracted by the appearance of a Russian destroyer and two support ships in the English Channel.

The growing catalog of similar incidents — off Sweden, Finland, Norway and the Baltic States — has raised questions about Moscow’s more assertive stance, and about the ability of Britain and other NATO countries to defend their skies and waters.

That uncertainty recalls an earlier age of Cold War intrigue, one that set Swedes on edge last year when a vessel suspected to be a Russian submarine was spotted off the Swedish coast. In an apparent echo, Finland’s Navy dropped depth charges last month in waters near Helsinki as a warning to a suspected submarine.

In December, the Norwegian military said one of its warplanes had a near miss with a Russian fighter, and in November the European Leadership Network, a research institute that specializes in security issues, detailed almost 40 incidents in the preceding eight months involving Russian and Western militaries, many of which were in Europe.


At the time of the accident, the Karen was in international waters, halfway between the coast of Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man.

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