This program covers organized fascist political activity around the world.
1. Beginning in the Middle East, the broadcast discusses an epidemic of Holocaust denial and anti-Semitic propaganda in the media of Arab nations. (“Dance of Death Overtakes the Arab World” by Yossi Klein Halevi; Los Angeles Times; 5/15/2001; p. A15.) As noted, there are strong Third Reich connections to nationalist elements in the Arab and Muslim worlds.
2. Elements of Italian fascism have strong ideological sympathy for some of these anti-Israeli elements in the Middle East. (“Fascists Who Read” by Peter Gomez; L’Espresso; 1/11/2001; p. 54.)
3. Many of these elements are connected to the government of Silvio Berlusconi. (Idem.)
4. Next, the program highlights the role of Iraqi weapons dealer Abdul Jebara as a conduit between European fascists and Saddam Hussein. (“Convicted Arms Dealer Funnels Aid from Europe’s Far Right to Iraq” by Eric Geiger; San Francisco Chronicle; 5/3/2001; pp. B1-B4.)
5. Jebara’s operations are centered in the Austrian province of Carinthia, the domain of Austrian fascist Jörg Haider. (Ibid.; p. B1.)
6. In the context of the fascist heritage of the Balkan republic of Croatia, it is worth considering the fact that Iraqi oil has been finding its way to Croatia. (“Iraq Vows to Keep Close Eye on Oil;” [Reuters]; 4/25/2001.) Saddam Hussein’s politics also have a Third Reich heritage.
7. The profound German role in the destabilization of the former Yugoslavia, as well as the current conflicts there, is made all the more interesting by the fact that a German mercenary was recently arrested for terrorism by United Nations authorities. (“U.N. Security Arrests Car Bomb Suspect” by Lulzim Cota; [UPI]; 4/23/2001.) German neo-Nazi groups have long been active as mercenaries in the former Yugoslavia.
8. Ukrainian fascists with a heritage going back to elements that collaborated with Nazi Germany have been active in the Ukrainian dissident movement. (“Ukraine’s Embattled Democracy” by Julia Barton; San Francisco Chronicle; 3/24/2001; pp. A10-11.) The Ukraine is not the only former East Bloc country in which democracy is endangered.
9. In Hungary, the ruling Federation of Young Democrats-Hungarian Civic party (Fidesz) has been embracing the ultra-nationalist and anti-Semitic MIEP, which celebrates Hungary’s fascist past. (“Hungary’s Ruling Party Courting Extreme Right-Wing Faction” by Sam Loewenberg; San Francisco Chronicle; 5/5/2001; pp. D1-D2.)
10. Hungary was an Axis nation in World War II. Along with the fascist Ukrainian OUN/UPA, the Hungarian Arrow Cross organization was strongly represented in the Anti-Bolshevik Bloc of Nations and also maintained strong connections to the Gehlen spy outfit. (for more about the ABN, see RFA #’s 15, 36, 37.)
11. The Fidesz/MIEP relationship has been nurtured by contacts with the U.S. Republican party. (Ibid.; p. D1.) The Republican Party itself has strong connections to the ABN milieu.
12. The program concludes with a look at recent disclosures of contacts between influential Belgian politicians and the Sint-Maartensfonds, a support group for Flemish veterans of the Waffen SS. (The Dutch Flemish are, with the French-speaking Walloons, one of the two major ethnic groups in Belgium.) Flemish Interior Minister Johan Sauwens was revealed to have been a member of the group for 25 years. (“Flemish Interior Minister Refuses to Quit over Membership of SS Group” by Stephen Castle; The Independent; 5/10/2001.)
13. Sauwens was seen to stand and sing the anthem of the Flemish Waffen SS brigade. (“Flemish Minister Quits Over SS Links”; BBC; 5/10/2001.)
14. Jack Gabriels, Belgium’s Minister of Agriculture also had ties to the group. (“Second Belgian Minister Linked to SS Veterans” by Stephen Castle; The Independent; 5/18/2001.)