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FTR #720 Update on the Pan-Turkist Movement

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Introduction: Anticipating a number of programs dealing with activities on the “Earth Island,” this program reviews information from AFA #14 [3] about the Pan-Turkist movement. The first of two AFA programs dealing with the former World Anti-Communist League or WACL, AFA #14 detailed the history, ideology and operations of the Anti-Bolshevik Bloc of Nations or ABN.

One of WACL’s central elements, the Anti-Bolshevik Bloc of Nations (ABN) was essentially a re-naming of the Committee of Subjugated Nations, formed by Hitler in 1943. Comprised of fascist organizations allied with Hitler, such as the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists/Bandera or OUN/B and Hungarian Arrow Cross, the ABN advocated an anti-communist approach that not only favored the rolling back of Soviet influence from Eastern Europe, but the dissolution of the Soviet Union into its constituent republics. A political goal of the Third Reich, the eventual resolution of events in the manner favored by ABN wasn’t accidental. (AFA #’s 36 [4] & 37 [5] document the role of ABN elements in the destabilization of the former Soviet Union, utilizing the profound connections between the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations and the ABN.)

[6]One of the elements represented in the ABN is the pan-Turkist movement. Allied with Nazi Germany in World War II and fascist in nature, the pan-Turkists had long sought to carve up the Soviet Union and restore the Ottomon Empire. This goal was predicated on bringing the so-called “outside Turks” (Turks living outside of Turkey) into a “Greater Turkey.” The main contemporary vehicle of pan-Turkism is the National Action Party and its youth wing, the Grey Wolves. Founded by Alparslan Turkes (who advocated a war-time alliance between Turkey and Nazi Germany), its best-known member is Mehmet Ali Agca, convicted of shooting the Pope. An associate of the National Action Party, Ruzy Nazar, represented the ABN at a WACL conference in Dallas in 1984.

The late Turkish investigative reporter Ugur Mumcu alleged that Nazar worked for the CIA, an allegation given further substance in the book A Mosque in Munich [7]. (Mumcu was assassinated in a car-bomb attack in the early 1990’s.) In AFA #21 [8] and FTR #549 [9], we examined Nazar’s [10]involvement with the milieu that shot Pope John Paul II in 1981. Nazar–pictured at right–will be examined at greater length in FTR #721.)

Much of the broadcast sets forth the history of the Promethean League, a pre-World War II anti-communist confederation. A direct predecessor of WACL, the Promethean League was based in Paris and had as its goal, the break-up of the former Soviet Union. It united a number of elements that also worked for the Nazis during the war and WACL afterward, including pan-Turkist and Ukrainian Nationalist elements.

One of the principal architects of using non-Russian Soviet nationalities as combatants and agitprop agents against the former Soviet Union was SS officer Theodor Oberlander (pictured above and at left.) Oberlander became a prime advocate of using Turkic elements against the former Soviet Union, a subject we will explore at greater length in FTR #721.

Program Highlights Include: Turkes’ role as a key Turkish representative to NATO; Ruzy Nazar’s participation in an SS unit notorious for its extreme brutality; collaboration between Grey Wolf elements and Italian fascists associated with the P-2 Lodge and the Strategy of Tension; the career of SS veteran Theodor Oberlander, a Nazi war criminal and WACL member; the extermination of the Lvov (Ukraine) ghetto by the Einsatzgruppe Nightingale, composed of Ukrainian fascists associated with the OUN/B and commanded by Oberlander.