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FTR #340 Mein Jihad: Islamofascism and Geopolitics

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This program continues and supplements previous (and subsequent) broadcasts on the subject of the 9/11 attacks and related events

1. Behind the operating forces of Al Qaeda and its associated elements lies a political milieu that might be appropriately termed “Islamofascist.” (This should not be misunderstood as characterizing the Islamic faith as fascist. Nonetheless, there are profound fascist elements within the world-wide Muslim community that are inextricably linked to, and an extension of, the international fascist community.) One of the driving forces behind Al Qaeda and Islamic extremism world-wide is the Saudi-backed doctrine of Wahhabism. While superficially opposing Bin Laden and Islamic extremism, the Saudis in practice promulgate Wahhabism, the ultra-conservative Muslim doctrine characterized as “Islamofascism.”

2. Discussion begins on the Italian ambassador to Saudi Arabia and his conversion to Islam. (“An Ambassador’s Journey from Rome to Mecca” by Douglas Jehl; New York Times; 12/4/2001; p. A4.) Torquato Cardilli’s adoption of Wahhabism is noteworthy, because the government he represents is the inheritor of the fascist politics of Mussolini.

3. One of the primary influences on Islamofascism has been “Abu Ali”and his followers. “Abu Ali” is the Arabic nickname given to Hitler by the Egyptian fascist movement prior to, and during, World War II. (The Beast Reawakens; by Martin A. Lee; Copyright 1997 [HC]; Little, Brown and Company; ISBN 0-316-51959-6; p. 122.)

4. Egypt was an important base of operations for the Third Reich, numbering among its intelligence operatives future Egyptian presidents Nasser and Sadat. (Idem.)

5. After Nasser replaced King Farouk (himself a Nazi sympathizer), the CIA recruited a group of Third Reich alumni and war criminals under the direction of SS colonel Otto Skorzeny to train Nasser’s intelligence service and general staff. (Ibid.; pp. 124-125.)

6. This milieu worked closely with Haj Amin al-Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, a key axis spy and an officer in the SS. (Ibid.; p. 128.)

7. In addition to the Grand Mufti, this Nazi émigré contingent in Egypt worked with his distant cousin Yasser Arafat. (Idem.)

8. Continuing the work that he had done under Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels, Johann von Leers became a key anti-Semitic propagandist for Nasser under the stewardship of the Skorzeny milieu. (Idem.)

9. Von Leers converted to Islam, as did a number of his Nazi/Egyptian colleagues. (Ibid.; pp. 128-129.)

10. Reviewing one of the elements connecting the Skorzeny/Egyptian milieu with the events of 9/11, the broadcast highlights the connections between Ahmed Huber and the milieu of Osama Bin Laden. (“Far Right Has Ties with Islamic Extreme” by Hugh Williamson and Philipp Jaklin; Financial Times; 11/9/2001; p. 4.)

11. Huber is a director of an alleged al Qaeda funding conduit called Al Taqwa (recently renamed Nada management.) Huber has met members of Bin Laden’s organization, but denies that the Al Taqwa management group and the related Nada Management firms were involved with funding Bin Laden’s organization. (Idem.)

12. Like Horst Mahler, Huber is an associate of the neo-Nazi NPD, as well as Islamic extremists. (Idem.) (The NPD is closely linked to the American National Alliance, the parent organization of the publisher of The Turner Diaries and Serpent’s Walk.)

13. A doctrinaire anti-Semite and Holocaust denier, Huber was closely associated with the Nazi émigré milieu in Nasser’s Egypt discussed above. (“Les Amis de Faurisson: Ahmed Rami” by Gilles Karmasyn; accessed at www.phdn.org/negation/faurisson/rami.html.)

14. In particular, Huber was associated in Egypt with Johann Von Leers. (Idem.)

15. PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat became a protégé of Skorzeny, who trained the guerillas comprising the seminal Palestinian terrorist groups. (The Beast Reawakens; by Martin A. Lee; pp. 129-130.)

16. In that context, it is interesting to contemplate the fact that the PLO is financed by Saudi Arabia, possessing more foreign currency reserves than many Third World countries. (The Kingdom: Arabia and the House of Sa’ud; Robert Lacey; Copyright 1981 [HC]; Harcourt Brace Jovanovich; ISBN 0-15-147260-2; p. 446.) It is noteworthy that this wealth does not appear to “trickle down” to the Palestinian people.

17. Returning the discussion to the events following the 9/11 attacks, the program discusses PLO spokesman Saeb Erekat’s condemnation of the recent Israeli reprisals against the Palestinians. (“Israel Strikes at Arafat” by James Bennet [New York Times]; San Francisco Chronicle; 12/4/2001; p. A12.)

18. The broadcast then recapitulates the fact that key Palestinian diplomats, including Erekat, were proteges of former secretary of state James Baker. The CIA termed them “Baker’s dozen.” (The Secret War Against the Jews: How Western Espionage Betrayed the Jewish People; John Loftus and Mark Aarons; Copyright 1994 [HC]; St. Martin’s Press; ISBN 0-312-11057-X; p. 476.) These “moderate” Palestinians comprised the negotiating team for the PLO in their peace talks with the Israelis.

19. The second side of the program begins with analysis of the geopolitical motives for the Islamic conversions of Von Leers, Ahmed Huber and company. (Dreamer of the Day: Francis Parker Yockey and the Postwar Fascist International; by Kevin Coogan; Autonomedia Inc.; Copyright 1999 [SC]; ISBN 1-57027-039-2; pp. 382-383.)

20. Perpetuating the geopolitical theories of German theoretician Karl Haushofer (a key influence on Hitler), the von Leers/Huber milieu saw alliance between Germany and the “Colored Peoples” of the colonial world as key to destroying the United Kingdom, Israel and (ultimately) the United States. (Idem.) This geopolitical world view is virtually indistinguishable from that of Al Qaeda.

21. The program also underscores Third Reich support for Ali Rashid in his attempt to oust the British from Iraq during the war, as well as postwar “Underground Reich” connections with the Saudis. (Ibid.; p. 383.)

22. Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was raised by, and heavily influenced by, his pro-Nazi, anti-British uncle, who participated in the coup attempt of Ali Rashid. “At ten, he found a mentor in his maternal uncle, Khairallah al-Tulfah, a recently cashiered army officer whose hatred of British colonial rule was matched only by his admiration for Adolf Hitler and his Nazi ideals. . . . He learned to read by the light of an oil lamp and fed his spirit on his uncle’s tales of exploits with pro-German officers in the Iraqi army. Khairallah al-Tulfah had a dream that Arabs would one day be free of foreign occupation and foreign rule. The Germans, Khairallah said, were the only ones who respected the Arabs as equals. The British were just after their oil.” (The Death Lobby: How the West Armed Iraq; by Kenneth Timmerman; copyright 1991 [HC]; by Houghton Mifflin Company; ISBN 0-395-59305-0; p.1.)

23. Germany (and the Underground Reich) has played a pivotal role in arming Saddam Hussein with his weapons of mass destruction. The broadcast discusses German admonitions to the United States to refrain from attacking Iraq, all the more interesting in light of that country’s pivotal role in arming Saddam. (“Berlin Warns US on Iraq” [Reuters]; Financial Times; 11/29/2001; p. 3.)

24. Next, the program reviews the role of von Leers and his émigré Nazi associates in postwar activities in Argentina. (Dreamer of the Day: Francis Parker Yockey and the Postwar Fascist International; by Kevin Coogan; pp. 274-5.)

25. The remarkable “axis” that existed between Third Reich alumni in Argentina (and elsewhere in Latin America) and the Middle East is reflected in recent activities that have taken place in connection with two bombings, allegedly connected to the milieu of Al Qaeda. Syrian-born former president Carlos Menem was recently released from house arrest in connection with an arms smuggling case that overlaps the bombings of the Israeli Embassy in 1992 and the AMIA Jewish cultural center in 1994. (“Court Ruling in Arms Case Frees Menem in Argentina” by Clifford Krauss; New York Times; 11/21/2001; p. A10.)

26. Menem’s co-defendant in the case is Emir Yoma, his former brother-in-law. (Idem.) Yoma, in turn, is central to an overlapping series of scandals dubbed “Yomagate” by the Argentinian press.  Yomagate is inextricably linked with the two bombings. One of the key names that has surfaced in connection with the bombings is that of Monzer Al-Kassar.

27. Al-Kassar is from Yabrud, Syria. (“Government Worried About Visit of Al-Kassar;” Clarin; 8/2/1998.)

28. That same town is also the home town of Al-Kassar associate Ibrahim al Ibrahim (a Syrian intelligence official married to Emir Yoma’s sister Amira) and Alfredo Yabran. (Idem.)

29. Yabran managed the warehouses at which Al-Kassar is alleged to have brought in the explosives for the two bombings. (Idem.) Al Ibrahim moved to Argentina in 1987 and worked in the warehouses managed by Yabran. (Idem.)

30. Next, the program highlights a Syrian connection to Bin Laden. (“Family Ties that Bind and Bedevil” by Michael Slackman; Los Angeles Times; 11/13/2001; pp. A1-A4.)

31. One of Bin Laden’s wives is from a small town in Syria that is an epicenter of the Alawite sect, which controls the Syrian government and security forces. (Ibid.; p. A4.) As noted above, Monzer Al-Kassar has strong connections to the Syrian intelligence services and has been involved with a milieu that overlaps the elements behind the 9/11 attacks.

32. Next, the broadcast sets forth more information about the al-Taqwa firm, allegedly involved with the 9/11 attacks. The broadcast reviews information about Ahmed Huber associate Ghaleb Himmat, an executive with the above-mentioned Al Taqwa. (“Bankrolling bin Laden” by Mark Huband; Financial Times; 11/29/2001; p. 6.)

33. Al-Taqwa executive Ghaleb Himmat is president of the Munich-based Islamic Community of Germany that expressed “pleasure” over the 9/11 attacks at a closed meeting. (Idem.)

34. The program also discusses the role of Saudi support for Islamic fighters in Bosnia, an apparent base for European operations of Al Qaeda. (Idem.)

35. The program reviews information about the 13th Waffen SS (Hanjar) Division. Composed of Balkan Muslims, the unit wore fezzes with the traditional Waffen SS uniforms. This division was assembled with the assistance of Haj Amin Al-Husseini, the so-called Grand Mufti of Jerusalem. A major in the SS, Al-Husseini was a key German spy during World War II, as well as a major operative on behalf of what Mr. Emory calls “the Underground Reich.” As a young man, Bosnian president Alija Izetbegovic was recruiter for the Hanjar Division.

36. The program reviews an Islamic fundamentalist document penned by Izetbegovic in 1970. (German and U.S. Involvement in the Balkans: A Careful Coincidence of National Policies? by T.W. (“Bill”) Carr, presented at a symposium on the Balkan War “Yugoslavia: Past and Present.”)

37. The broadcast concludes by recapitulating the “Islamofascist” nature of the World Muslim Congress, a key element in the anti-Soviet Afghan war of the 1980’s. (The Beast Reawakens; by Martin A. Lee; pp. 225-226.)  The Afghan conflict was the chrysalis from which Osama Bin Laden, Ramzi Yousseff, and the Pakistani and Arab combatants leading Izetbegovic’s “Hanjar II” emerged as warriors. The WMC was founded by the Grand Mufti, who recruited the 13th Waffen SS division of Izetbegovic’s youth, and it was heavily financed by the Saudis. Mr. Emory speculates that the Islamofascist combatants spawned through the WMC and the Afghan conflict have been coopted by the “Underground Reich” to be used against the United States, Israel and the United Kingdom.

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