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AFA 1: Looking Back From 1984

The Hid­den His­to­ry of the Cold War, Part One
Part 1a 47:13 | Part 1b 45:09 | Part 1c 44:38 | Part 1d 47:24 | Part 1e 44:45 | Part 1f 10:47
(Record­ed April, 1984)

This broad­cast exam­ines inter­na­tion­al fas­cism as a reac­tion to the found­ing of the for­mer Sovi­et Union and the growth of social­ist move­ments in oth­er coun­tries and how this devel­op­ment led to World War II. The pro­gram focus­es on the crit­i­cal sup­port Amer­i­can indus­tri­al­ists and financiers gave to Hitler’s Ger­many and how this affect­ed allied mil­i­tary pol­i­cy dur­ing the war, as well as the incor­po­ra­tion of the Third Reich’s intel­li­gence forces into the CIA at the con­flic­t’s con­clu­sion.

Pro­gram high­lights include: Her­bert Hoover’s diver­sion of aid req­ui­si­tioned by Con­gress to Pol­ish and Baltic armies fight­ing against the U.S.S.R. in the ear­ly 1920’s; the growth of Mus­solin­i’s “cor­po­rate state” (as he termed his fas­cist sys­tem of gov­ern­ment); the Hearst news­pa­per chain’s glow­ing por­tray­al of Nazi Ger­many and Fas­cist Italy pri­or to the out­break of World War II; the Amer­i­can Legion’s award­ing of an hon­orary mem­ber­ship to Mus­soli­ni in 1935; the Cur­tis-Wright Com­pa­ny’s delib­er­ate betray­al of dive-bomb­ing (a close­ly-guard­ed U.S. Navy tech­nique) to the Axis pow­ers; Alger Hiss’ role as spe­cial coun­sel to the Nye-Van­den­burg com­mit­tee (inves­ti­gat­ing Amer­i­can cor­po­ra­tions’ aid to the Axis pow­ers); the Allies’ re-stora­tion of fas­cist infra­struc­ture in French North Africa and Italy fol­low­ing “lib­er­a­tion;” the British polit­i­cal betray­al of and mil­i­tary attacks upon the anti-fas­cist par­ti­sans in Greece before the end of the war; the for­ma­tion of gueril­la groups estab­lished by the Nazis dur­ing the war’s clos­ing days in order to fight against the Sovi­et Union; the adop­tion of the Nazi guer­ril­la groups by the CIA and oth­er West­ern intel­li­gence agen­cies; the fierce war­fare con­duct­ed by the fas­cist gueril­las (under West­ern spon­sor­ship) in Poland and the for­mer Sovi­et Union until 1953; the incor­po­ra­tion of the Nazi East­ern Front intel­li­gence orga­ni­za­tion into the CIA (under the stew­ard­ship of its wartime head, Gen­er­al Rein­hard Gehlen); the Third Reich gen­e­sis of many of the “catch-phras­es” of the Cold War, includ­ing “Bet­ter Dead than Red” and “Iron Cur­tain.”

Discussion

7 comments for “AFA 1: Looking Back From 1984”

  1. tru­ly mas­ter­ful delin­eation which tran­scends and includes both struc­tur­al and “con­spir­a­cy” analy­sis.

    Posted by ironcloudz | July 12, 2009, 12:07 pm
  2. Good to see and hear objec­tive doc­u­men­ta­tion and analy­sis of this impor­tant sub­ject.

    Posted by Nick Nafsack | June 23, 2010, 5:38 am
  3. Did any­one ever hear about this?
    It has tak­en me years to col­lect from bits and pieces and reach sim­i­lar or the same find­ings. With the Cold War of =ists, and — isms block­ing peo­ple’s minds, per­haps it is time!

    Posted by Krassimir | August 1, 2010, 1:00 pm
  4. Very good!
    A fash­ion­able web­site do do some his­to­ry research which does not mul­ti­ply bias and false teach­ing! Thank you!

    Posted by Ellen Luhn-Zehnder; alias Luzy | September 29, 2011, 7:37 am
  5. @Ellen: I think you’ll find that Dave has always tried to pro­vide as accu­rate & truth­ful an analy­sis as possible........and, tbh, I prob­a­bly could­n’t do near­ly as good of a job as he has. =)

    Posted by Steven | October 23, 2011, 4:05 am
  6. My take on the Ori­gins of the Cold War based on D.F. Flem­ing’s clas­sic “the Cold War and it’s Ori­gins” http://anti-imperialist‑u.blogspot.com/2017/07/the-origins-of-cold-war.html

    Posted by Hugo Turner | August 5, 2017, 2:51 pm
  7. @Hugo Turn­er–

    I would be care­ful of Flem­ing. Much of his analy­sis is accu­rate, but he is insuf­fi­cient­ly crit­i­cal of aspects of Sovi­et his­to­ry, in my opin­ion.

    The offi­cial ver­sion of the Cold War, and the U.S.S.R. is dri­v­el.

    One should not auto­mat­i­cal­ly hew unswerv­ing­ly in the oppo­site direc­tion.

    Best,

    Dave

    Posted by Dave Emory | August 9, 2017, 6:34 pm

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