Do you know how journalists count?  “One, two….trend!” It’s worth relating this as a guard against reading too much into a spate of “incidents” in which undersea cables have been severed and the question “Russia?” has been asked. But, on the other hand….

In late September, a series of explosions ripped open the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines between Russia and Germany. Two weeks ago, an undersea cable linking the Faroe Islands to the Shetland Islands was damaged, and last week another cable linking to mainland Scotland was cut leaving much of the islands without internet connection.