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FTR #237 Interview with Kevin Coogan

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MP3 One Seg­ment [1]
RealAu­dio [2]
[NB: This stream con­tains both FTRs 237 and 260 in sequence. Each is a 30 minute broad­cast.]

1. This pro­gram presents more dis­cus­sion with the bril­liant Kevin Coogan, author of Dream­er of the Day: Fran­cis Park­er Yock­ey and the Post­war Fas­cist Inter­na­tion­al [3] (soft­cov­er, Autono­me­dia, copy­right 1999. ISBN 1–57027-039–2.)

2. This pro­gram begins by high­light­ing the career of Wern­er Nau­mann, a Waf­fen SS vet­er­an, Goebbels pro­pa­gan­da min­istry offi­cial and post­war Nazi oper­a­tive.

3. The pro­gram sets forth Nau­man­n’s asso­ci­a­tion with the H.S. Lucht com­pa­ny, a Madrid-based front com­pa­ny for post­war Nazi activ­i­ty. Active in the Mid­dle East and the for­mer East Bloc, Nau­mann and H.S. Lucht were con­nect­ed to a 1953 coup attempt in the Fed­er­al Repub­lic of Ger­many, aimed at the for­mal restora­tion of Nation­al Social­ism to that coun­try.

4. The pro­gram ana­lyzes con­nec­tions between the Nau­mann group, what Coogan calls the “Shad­ow Reich” (and what Mr. Emory calls the Under­ground Reich) and “anti-impe­ri­al­ist” pop­u­lar lib­er­a­tion move­ments in the Third World (the Mid­dle East, in par­tic­u­lar.) Aimed at dri­ving the British from that key part of the world, Under­ground Reich sup­port for Nass­er in Egypt and Mossadegh in Iran per­pet­u­at­ed Nazi influ­ence in the Mid­dle East.

5. Nass­er, Fazol­lah Zahe­di and Ali Rashid had led Nazi-sup­port­ed, anti-British coup attempts dur­ing the Sec­ond World War. (Sad­dam Hus­sein draws much of his polit­i­cal her­itage from Ali Rashid, as dis­cussed in FTR-87. Fazol­lah Zahe­di was select­ed by the CIA-backed coup plot­ter of 1953 to replace Mossadegh as prime min­is­ter. Zae­he­di mar­ried the Shah’s sis­ter, helped set up the Shah’s dread­ed SAVAK secret police, and fathered Ardeshir Zahe­di, who became the Shah’s ambas­sador to the Unit­ed States.)

6. Coogan dis­cuss­es Haj Amin Al-Hus­sei­ni, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and a for­mer Waf­fen SS offi­cer. With strong con­nec­tions to the Third Reich and to Mus­lim lib­er­a­tion move­ments in the Third World, the Grand Mufti wield­ed pro­found influ­ence in the post­war world.

7. Coogan ana­lyzes the Grand Mufti’s role in orga­niz­ing the World Mus­lim Con­gress, close­ly affil­i­at­ed with what was to become the World Anti-Com­mu­nist League.)

8. For­mer Egypt­ian Pres­i­dent Anwar Sadat was affil­i­at­ed with the WMC and the Grand Mufti in the 1950’s.

9. The pro­gram high­lights the Grand Mufti’s role in the Ban­dung (Indone­sia) Con­fer­ence and the for­mal gen­e­sis of the term Third World, and the pol­i­cy for­mu­la pur­sued by the nations in that align­ment.

10. After high­light­ing the role of Fran­cis Park­er Yock­ey with the Egyptian/Nazi milieu under Nass­er, Coogan presents an Argentine/Egyptian plan to devel­op a nuclear bomb to be used against Israel. This plan involved the use of Third Reich sci­en­tists in exile in Argenti­na. The broad­cast con­cludes with dis­cus­sion of Yock­ey’s con­nec­tions to, and sup­port for, Fidel Cas­tro. Like many fas­cist ele­ments, Yock­ey and his milieu sup­port­ed ele­ments of the Sovi­et Bloc and the Third World against what they per­ceived as “U.S. impe­ri­al­ism.”