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FTR #810 A Prince Too Far

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Chameleon: Prince Bernhard in Allied Uniform

Bernhard's Handiwork? British paratrooper's grave at Arnhem

Introduction: Pop conspiracy theory has focused on the Bilderberg Group in recent years, mistakenly identifying this important element of the power elite as comprising a “Masters of the Universe” entity, subsuming all other considerations and elements beneath its mantle.

Analysis of the Bilderbergers fails to include the deep historical and economic foundation underlying their creation. In particular, the pop conspiracy crowd does not deal in depth with the background of Prince Bernhard, the founder of the group (named, not incidentally, after the hotel outside of Arnhem, Holland, in which the group first met and formed. The Battle of Arnhem in September of 1944 and Prince Bernhard’s probable role as “the Traitor of Arnhem” are discussed below.)

In turn, Prince Bernhard cannot be understood absent analysis of his background and the aristocratic, political and economic legacy he has left behind. In addition to the record of his service in the SS and an I.G. Farben espionage office, the available evidence suggests strongly that Bernhard was a double agent for the Axis.

Furthermore, the record of his family through the decades is suggestive of involvement with the Underground Reich and the Bormann capital network.

Prince Bernhard zu Lippe von Bisterfeld was a German noble, member of the SS and operative of the Berlin N.W. 7 office of I.G. Farben, the German chemical cartel. The latter comprised an international espionage office, operated under the I.G. mantle. (See links and excerpts at the bottom of this post.)

Many of the books available for download for free on this site will give interested readers/listeners a great deal of depth on the decisively important “IG.”

After marrying Princess Juliana of the Netherlands, Bernhard fled with Juliana to the United Kingdom following the Third Reich’s conquest of that country. Bernhard then became head of the Dutch military infrastructure in exile, including the Dutch resistance!

(Bernhard has been lionized as an Allied hero, a viewpoint we feel is badly mistaken. Evidence suggests Bernhard was, in fact, a double agent for the Axis, not exactly a difficult deduction in light of his background.)

In what passes for scholarship on the Second World War, military historians have ruminated about the possible reason for the devastating damage inflicted on the Dutch resistance by the Gestapo.

We would suggest that having a member of the SS and I.G. Farben spy as head of an anti-Nazi resistance cadre is a very poor formula for success!

Of particular interest to us is the story of the betrayal of Operation Market Garden, which resulted in the Battle of Arnhem, popularized in a major motion picture (based on a book by Cornelius Ryan) “A Bridge Too Far.” British Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery envisioned the operation as a way to quickly bring the war to a conclusion. By dropping large numbers of airborne forces behind German lines to seize key bridges and facilitating the Allied advance, the plan was seen as a way to avoid a great number of casualties.

In the event, the operation was a disaster, with German forces slaughtering the paratroopers, many of them before they even landed. Postwar analysis has featured the probable betrayal of the battle plan to the Germans, often pinned on a Dutch resistance fighter named Christian Lindemans, code-named “King Kong.”

In a book titled Betrayal at Arnhem, author Anne Laurens set forth information suggesting that King Kong was really “Lee Harvey Lindemans.” A celebrated resistance fighter, Lindemans was ordered to pose as a double agent, ostensibly betraying the resistance to the Germans, while retaining allegiance to the resistance as a “triple agent.”

Lindemans was then “left out in the cold” by his control structure, betrayed and labeled as a turncoat to the Gestapo and blamed for betraying the plans for Operation Market Garden to the enemy. He died in a psychiatric ward after the war.

Author Laurens points out that the German units that slaughtered the Allied forces were moving into position before Lindemans was ordered to ostensibly “go over to the enemy” and that he could not have been the agent of betrayal.

The actual “Traitor of Arnhem” had to have been someone else–in these quarters we feel that Bernhard is the most probable candidate.

In this context, we should note that the Third Reich plans for the postwar entailed continuing the war until the wealth of the Reich could be secreted abroad in the 750 corporate fronts set up by Martin Bormann after the war. Had Operation Market Garden succeeded, the Bormann flight capital plan would have been cut short!

Operation Market Garden–the largest airborne invasion of all time–had been designed to shorten the war by striking a decisive blow behind German lines. Had this battle plan been successful, the war would have been shortened by months and the flight capital program designed by Martin Bormann would have been attenuated.

The deliberate sabotaging of the battle permitted the Reich to realize its plans for underground rebirth and Germany’s postwar economic revival.

Bernhard is best known as the founder of the Bilderberg group, a power elite consortium inextricably linked with the Underground Reich.

Interestingly and very possibly significantly, another key Bilderberger, Lord Peter Carrington, played a key and very controversial role in the defeat at Arnhem. In charge of a corps of Sherman (M-4 American-built) tanks, Carrington refused to advance in company with American paratroopers to relieve the besieged British 1st Airborne Division.

His failure to advance doomed the 1st Airborne and the entire Allied battle plan. This failure permitted the successful realization of the German flight capital plan. One wonders if that “failure” was simply battlefield incompetence or indicative of fascist sympathy and consequent treason.

Our jaundiced view of Carrington assumes further substance in light of his role as Foreign Secretary at the time of the Falklands War. Governed by a fascist junta, the core of which was the Argentine branch of the infamous P-2 Lodge of Licio Gelli, Argentina invaded the Falkalnd Islands and was subsequently defeated by the British expeditionary force.

Carrington’s stunning “failure” to accurately anticipate the Argentine invasion led to his resignation. (See text excerpts below.)

One wonders if this, too, can be attributed to incompetence or, rather, to complicity with the forces of international fascism and the Underground Reich.

In addition to hisCarrington’s striking failure to act in an intelligent and timely fashion to anticipate the invasion, a BBC broadcast disclosed key aspects of the British military operation shortly before it was to be undertaken. We wonders if this might have been the work of a Fifth Column within the British foreign office, perhaps acting in concert with Carrington?

Was (is) Carrington part of the pro-fascist “Deep Fifth Column” present in the U.K. since the run-up to World War II? Is that the explanation for his actions?

Program Highlights Include: Prince Bernhard’s descendants and and in-laws appear to have maintained his political lineage, with curricula vitae  suggestive of Underground Reich activities and affiliations. Some thoughts, reflections and links in this regard:

  • Bernhard’s daughter Beatrix married a German Third Reich veteran, Claus von Amsberg. NB: Most sources are apologetic for Claus’s Third Reich activities. In The Nazis Go Underground (available for download for free on this website and written before the 1944 Normandy landings), author Kurt Riess notes that those tabbed for postwar underground work would have their backgrounds deliberately represented in such a way as to make them “acceptable.”
  • From Claus’s linked Wikipedia entry: . . . .The future prince was a member of such Nazi youth organisations as Deutsches Jungvolk and the Hitler Youth (membership in the latter was mandatory for all fit members of his generation) [1]. From 1938 until 1942, he attended the Baltenschule Misdroy. . . In 1944, he was conscripted into the German Wehrmacht, becoming a soldier in the German 90th Panzergrenadier Division in Italy in March, 1945, but taken as a prisoner of war by the American forces at Meran before taking part in any fighting. . . .
  • Prince Friso–Claus and Beatrix’s son–was the chief financial officer of URENCO, the uranium enrichment company that was deeply involved with the smuggling of nuclear weapons technology to the A.Q. Khan network and to Saddam Hussein. (Friso moved to URENCO after a stint at Goldman Sachs.)
  • In FTR #’s 384395447450, we set forth the URENCO links to nuclear smuggling. Note that the Dutch facility was deeply involved with the smuggling. One of the principals in the nuclear smuggling was Karl Heinz Schaab, a protege of Gernot Zippe, who helped to pioneer the uranium centrifuges and worked for the Third Reich’s nuclear development program. This is set forth in FTR #395.
  • In FTR #155 , we examined the last written contribution from the late, heroic Paul Manning, in which he detailed the Bormann network’s role in helping Saddam acquire nukes and the Condor missile technology with which to develop them.
  • Prince Friso’s wife Mabel Smits has been an active supporter of Islamist causes (operating under the rubric of humanitarian aid). Specifically, she has been active on behalf of Bosnia and Chechnya.
  • In FTR #456, among other programs, we’ve noted that Alija Izetbegovic, first head of state of independent Bosnia, recruited Bosnian Muslims for the 13th Waffen SS Division during World War II, supported Osama bin Laden and recreated the 13th Waffen SS Divison (Hanjar) as the primary elite unit of the Bosnian army.
  • In FTR #583, we noted that Kazbek Soobzokov, son of  SS officer and later CIA operative Tscherim Soobzokov heads the American branch of an Islamic charity that is actively supporting the Islamist combatants in Chechnya. The Chechnyan rebels are, in turn, following in the footsteps of the Waffengruppe der SS Krim, as we saw in FTR #414.
  • Mabel Smits is a protege of George Soros, the so-called leftist, who in reality gives every indication of being a “Bormann Jew,” having gotten his start in business aiding the Nazis with the “Aryanization” of Jewish property during the Holocaust in Hungary. Her charitable outlet in Chechnya may well have been lending support to the Islamist combatants in Chechnya, which has led to the suspension of that chapter of the organization.
  • EXCERPT of linked article: . . . She was the chairwoman of the EU branch of George Soros’ Open Society Institute and also chaired a charity called ‘War Child’.”….the ‘charity’ (whose Dutch branch founder Mabel Wisse Smit (employed by George Soros), went from being the lover of jailed Bosnian foreign minister Muhammed Sacirbey, to the wife of Prince Friso of Holland,has announced they ‘have decided to stop all support to their partner organisation in Chechnya …euphemistically saying that they ‘could no longer guarantee the effective and controlled managing of War Child project activities’ .Translation: the money was ‘finding it’s way’ into the hands of terrorists.” . . .
  • Crown Prince Willem-Alexander, son of Prince Claus and Queen Beatrix and heir apparent to the throne, married Maxima Zorreguita, the daughter of the Argentine Minister of Agriculture during the murderous reign of the “dirty war” junta of 1976-1983. Her mother also had ties to the Argentine right wing which, of course, has the most profound links to the Bormann capital network and ODESSA Nazis.
  • Los Angeles Times article: Whether love conquers all will be decided by the Dutch parliament soon when it is asked to approve the marriage plans of Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and Maxima Zorreguieta, the daughter of an Argentine official who served under his country’s “dirty war” junta. . . .. . . After national newspapers last year unearthed details of Jorge Zorreguieta’s allegiance to the 1976-83 Argentine dictatorship of Jorge Videla, Prime Minister Wim Kok stepped in to ascertain the extent of the father’s involvement and to allay fears of right-wing influence on the royal house. [Sure wouldn’t want that to happen!–D.E.]
    Kok deployed University of Amsterdam professor Michiel Baud, a Latin America specialist. After an investigation, Baud concluded that the elder Zorreguieta, who served as agriculture minister during the Videla regime, was “morally culpable” for some of the crimes of that era when thousands of government opponents were killed, tortured or disappeared.
    Just ahead of the March 30 engagement announcement, Kok sent former Foreign Minister Max van der Stoel to meet with the elder Zorreguieta and explain “that his presence at the wedding would be impossible,” recounts a source close to the royal family who declined to be identified.
    The would-be bride’s father has consented to stay away from the royal wedding, expected early next year, and her mother–also linked to right-wing politics in Argentina–has signaled that she too will skip the state affair to spare the couple any risk of being barred from the throne. . . .

1. Prince Bern­hard can­not be under­stood absent analy­sis of his back­ground and the aris­to­cratic, polit­i­cal and eco­nomic legacy he has left behind. In addi­tion to the record of his ser­vice in the SS and an I.G. Far­ben espi­onage office, the avail­able evi­dence sug­gests strongly that Bern­hard was a dou­ble agent for the Axis.

“Cabinet Knew of Prince Bernhard’s SS Past”; Radio Netherlands Worldwide; 1/23/2010.

The Dutch government knew of the SS membership of the late Prince Bernhard as early as 1944, according to NRC Handelsblad.

The newspaper bases its finding on documents released by the National Archive in The Hague earlier this year. One of the documents refers to a coded telegram, dated September 1944, from Foreign Minister Eelco van Kleffens. The telegram reveals the cabinet knew Prince Bernhard had briefly joined the SS.

. . . In the telegram, the foreign minister instructs the Dutch ambassador in the United States not to refute claims, made by American media as of 1941, that Prince Bernhard had been a member of the SS. . . .

. . . For many years Prince Bernhard remained evasive on his links with the Nazi NSDAP party and related organisations. In an interview with De Volkskrant, published shortly after his death in December 2004, the prince admitted to his SS membership for the first time. . . .

2. About Bernhard’s work for I.G. Farben’s espionage unit:

“Chapter Two: The Empire of I.G. Farben” [Wall Street and the Rise of Hitler by Anthony Sutton]; reformed-theology.org.

. . . The Berlin N.W. 7 office of I.G. Farben was the key Nazi overseas espionage center. The unit operated under Farben director Max Ilgner, nephew of I.G. Farben president Hermann Schmitz. Max Ilgner and Hermann Schmitz were on the board of American I.G., with fellow directors Henry Ford of Ford Motor Company, Paul Warburg of Bank of Manhattan, and Charles E. Mitchell of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

At the outbreak o£ war in 1939 VOWI employees were ordered into the Wehrmacht but in fact continued to perform the same work as when nominally under I.G. Farben. One of the more prominent of these Farben intelligence workers in N.W. 7 was Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands, who joined Farben in the early 1930s after completion of an 18-month period of service in the black-uniformed S.S.8

The U.S. arm of the VOWI intelligence network was Chemnyco, Inc. According to the War Department,
Utilizing normal business contacts Chemnyco was able to transmit to Germany tremendous amounts of material ranging from photographs and blueprints to detailed descriptions of whole industrial plants.9

Chemnyco’s vice president in New York was Rudolph Ilgner, an American citizen and brother of American I, G. Farben director Max Ilgner. In brief, Farben operated VOWI, the Nazi foreign intelligence operation, before World War II and the VOWI operation was associated with prominent members of the Wall Street Establishment through American I.G. and Chemnyco. . .

8. Bernhard is today better known for his role as chairman of the secretive, so-called Bilderberger meetings. See U.S. Congress, House of Representatives, Special Committee on Un-American Activities, Investigation of Nazi Propaganda Activities and Investigation of Certain other Propaganda Activities. 73rd Congress, 2nd Session, Hearings No. 73-DC-4. (Washington: Government Printing Office, 1934), Volume VIII, p. 7525. . .

3. Of par­tic­u­lar inter­est to us is the story of the betrayal of Oper­a­tion Mar­ket Gar­den, which resulted in the Bat­tle of Arn­hem, pop­u­lar­ized in a major motion pic­ture (based on a book by Cor­nelius Ryan) “A Bridge Too Far.” British Field Mar­shal Bernard Mont­gomery envi­sioned the oper­a­tion as a way to quickly bring the war to a con­clu­sion. By drop­ping large num­bers of air­borne forces behind Ger­man lines to seize key bridges and facil­i­tat­ing the Allied advance, the plan was seen as a way to avoid a great num­ber of casualties.

In the event, the oper­a­tion was a dis­as­ter, with Ger­man forces slaugh­ter­ing the para­troop­ers, many of them before they even landed. Post­war analy­sis has fea­tured the prob­a­ble betrayal of the bat­tle plan to the Ger­mans, often pinned on a Dutch resis­tance fighter named Chris­t­ian Lin­de­mans, code-named “King Kong.”

In a book titled Betrayal at Arn­hem, author Anne Lau­rens set forth infor­ma­tion sug­gest­ing that King Kong was really “Lee Har­vey Lin­de­mans.” A cel­e­brated resis­tance fighter, Lin­de­mans was ordered to pose as a dou­ble agent, osten­si­bly betray­ing the resis­tance to the Ger­mans, while retain­ing alle­giance to the resis­tance as a “triple agent.”

Betrayal at Arnhem by Anne Laurens; Charter Books [SC]; copyright 1969 by Anne Laurens; pp. 153-153.

. . . . Three times, at least, [Dutch resistance fighter] Kas de Graaf summoned Krist [Lindemans] to the Prince’s headquarters for official questioning, which was merely presented as a rough precis after the event and which was held in a most irregular way. Offically, Christaan Lindemans was simply informed that he was only being asked to report on his past missions before new ones were assigned him. But one would have had to be made of stone not to sense the atmosphere of these sessions. The word, therefore, passed round rapidly that it was only a front, that they were trying to make Christiaan responsible for a certain number of disasters and “accidents,” the most important of which was the betrayal of Arnhem. . .

4. Lin­de­mans was then “left out in the cold” by his con­trol struc­ture, betrayed and labeled as a turn­coat to the Gestapo and blamed for betray­ing the plans for Oper­a­tion Mar­ket Gar­den to the enemy. He died in a psy­chi­atric ward after the war.

Ibid.; pp. 149-150.

. . . . When he summoned Christaan to his office in Anvers, he was told by the Prince’s HQ that if his “suspect” was unable to come, it would be because he had left on a mission. [British intelligence officer Oreste] Pinto was furious. As he had rather strained relations with the headquarters of Prince Bernhard, he immediately held him responsible for this crime of “high treason,” stating that although he knew of the suspected treachery of Christaan Lindemans, Prince Bernhard preferred to shut his eyes to it, rather than admit that this war hero was really a hired enemy agent. After this, Pinto swore that he would not rest until he had proved the allegations that he had really only thrown at random under the influence of his jealous temper.

Unfortunately for Christaan, Pinto was not the only one who who felt vindictive towards him. At the Chateau Rubens, the HQ of Prince Bernhard (who later transferred his HQ to the Chateau Wittouck), where a conflict was developing among the members of the different Dutch information services, it was decided to sacrifice Christaan Lindemans. It was merely a question of waiting the right time. . . .

5. Author Lau­rens points out that the Ger­man units that slaugh­tered the Allied forces were mov­ing into posi­tion before Lin­de­mans was ordered to osten­si­bly “go over to the enemy” and that he could not have been the agent of betrayal.

The actual “Trai­tor of Arn­hem” had to have been some­one else–in these quar­ters we feel that Bern­hard is the most prob­a­ble candidate.

Ibid.; p. 17.

. . . . At the beginning of September, there had been only a few scattered units of German troops in Holland. On September 8, these were joined by four divisions equipped with tanks and mobile guns–some of these mounted on the undercarriages of Panther tanks. These forces included the 9th and 10th Divisions of the II SS Panzer Corps. Until diverted to Arnhem, one of these had been scheduled to return to Germany from France; the other was preparing to leave Denmark. On the day of the Arnhem drop, [General Wilhelm “Willi”] Bittrich was to command all these forces–with the backing of Berlin and over the opposition of Model and Student.

What had alerted Bittrich–long before Christaan Lindemans arrived at Abwehr headquarters in Dreibergen–to Allied plans. . . . ? How was he able to form a formidable armored force in Holland without the intelligence service of SHAEF–Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary forces–being alerted?

Of all the reasons for the debacle at Arnhem, the most important was the loss of the element of surprise. Somebody had betrayed the Allies’ plans to the Germans. But the betrayer could not have been Christaan Lindemans. By the time he had entered the picture, everything had been already set in motion.

Was it possible that he had been used as a scapegoat? Had Christaan Lindemans betrayed his country, or was he an innocent victim, sacrificed to cover up for the real traitor? . . .

6. In this con­text, we should note that the Third Reich plans for the post­war entailed con­tin­u­ing the war until the wealth of the Reich could be secreted abroad in the 750 cor­po­rate fronts set up by Mar­tin Bor­mann after the war. Had Oper­a­tion Mar­ket Gar­den suc­ceeded, the Bor­mann flight cap­i­tal plan would have been cut short!

In Martin Bormann: Nazi in Exile, Paul Manning discusses this strategic decision, arrived at during the afternoon conference in Strasbourg, 8/6/1944–just over a month before the Battle of Arnhem.

Martin Bormann: Nazi in Exile; Lyle Stuart [HC]; Copyright 1981 by Paul Manning; p.26.

. . . A smaller conference in the afternoon was presided over by Dr. Bosse of the German Armaments Ministry. It was attended only by representatives of Hecko, Krupp, and Rochling. Dr. Bosse restated Bormann’s belief that the war was all but lost, but that it would be continued by Germany until certain goals to insure the economic resurgence of Germany after the war had been achieved. He added that German industrialists must be prepared to finance the continuation of the Nazi Party, which would be forced to go underground, just as had the Maquis in France. . . .

7.  There is reason to suspect Bernhard of actively aiding the Nazi flight capital program and obscuring the Western corporate links to the Third Reich.  Author John Loftus has fingered Prince Bernhard for his role in helping to obscure the link between the Bush family and the Thyssens. (That relationship is discussed at length in numerous For The Record programs, including FTR #’s 361, 370, 435.)

The Dutch Connection: How a Famous American Family Made its Fortune from the Nazis” by John Loftus.

. . . . According to Gowen’s source, Prince Bernhard commanded a unit of Dutch intelligence, which dug up the incriminating corporate papers in 1945 and brought them back to the “neutral” bank in Rotterdam. The pretext was that the Nazis had stolen the crown jewels of his wife, Princess Juliana, and the Russians gave the Dutch permission to dig up the vault and retrieve them. Operation Juliana was a Dutch fraud on the Allies who searched high and low for the missing pieces of the Thyssen fortune. . .  

8. Bern­hard is best known as the founder of the Bilder­berg group, a power elite con­sor­tium inex­tri­ca­bly linked with the Under­ground Reich.

Worth noting in this context is the goal of the Bilderbergers–the economic unification of Europe. Essentially, this is what the Third Reich envisioned as a goal of their military campaign, now realized in the form of the EU/EMU! Fiat’s Gianni Agnelli articulated these goals. Agnelli belonged to the Knights of Malta and was also very close to the P-2 milieu of Licio Gelli.

Bilderberg; Sourcewatch

. . . European integration is our goal and where the politicians have failed, we industrialists hope to succeed. . . .

9. Inter­est­ingly and very pos­si­bly sig­nif­i­cantly, another key Bilder­berger, Lord Peter Car­ring­ton, played a key and very con­tro­ver­sial role in the defeat at Arn­hem. In charge of a corps of Sher­man (M-4 American-built) tanks, Car­ring­ton refused to advance in com­pany with Amer­i­can para­troop­ers to relieve the besieged British 1st Air­borne Division.

His fail­ure to advance doomed the 1st Air­borne and the entire Allied bat­tle plan. This fail­ure per­mit­ted the suc­cess­ful real­iza­tion of the Ger­man flight cap­i­tal plan. One won­ders if that “fail­ure” was sim­ply bat­tle­field incom­pe­tence or indica­tive of fas­cist sym­pa­thy and con­se­quent treason.

Peter Carington, 6th Baron Carrington; Wikipedia

. . . .He also chaired the Bilderberg conferences for several years in the late 1990s, being succeeded in 1999 by Étienne Davignon.[15] . . .

. . . .The MC [Military Cross] was awarded for his part in the capture and holding of a vital bridge in Nijmegen.[7] Although He failed to attempt to reach Arnhem where Tanks support was needed!

10. More about Carrington’s behavior at Arnhem:

The Second World War: Ambitions to Nemesis by Bradley Lightbody; google books; p.233.

. . . Arnhem was only 30 miles to the north and the jubilant American troops urged an all-out drive by the 30th Corps to relieve the beleaguered British 1st Airborne Division. In a controversial decision, Captain Lord Carrington (later British Foreign Secretary) in command of the lead tanks, refused American entreaties to advance. The British forces insisted on waiting to daylight because the road ahead was narrow and the German strength was unknown.

At Arnhem, the British 1st Airborne Division had fought without respite from the 17 September. By the 21 September, Tiger tanks, impervious to the paratroopers’ light weapons crossed Arnhem bridge and began systematically to destroy every building held by Frost’s battalion. . . . Frost surrendered the bridge at 9 a.m. . . .

11. Our jaun­diced view of Car­ring­ton assumes fur­ther sub­stance in light of his role as For­eign Sec­re­tary at the time of the Falk­lands War. Gov­erned by a fas­cist junta, the core of which was the Argen­tine branch of the infa­mous P-2 Lodge of Licio Gelli, Argentina invaded the Fal­ka­lnd Islands and was sub­se­quently defeated by the British expe­di­tionary force.

Razor’s Edge: The Unofficial History of the Falklands War by Hugo Bicheno; p. 23

. . . .The greatest surprise for English-speaking readers may be to discover that ideological issues most regard as the defunct relics of a bygone age were – and to a considerable degree remain – alive in Argentina. Terms like ‘Fascist’ and, particularly ‘Liberal’ have lost their historic meaning in a welter of Anglo-American hyperbole, but they must be used and understood with precision when discussing the deep background. The enemy Britain fought in 1982 was the same as 1939-1945, on a smaller scale but no less poisonous. Although nothing short of conquest and prolonged occupation is likely to modify the principles on which a nation organizes itself, one result of the (Falklands) war was to cut another head off the Nazi/Fascist hydra, as worthwhile an outcome as any war could have. . . .

12.  Carrington’s stun­ning “fail­ure” to accu­rately antic­i­pate the Argen­tine inva­sion led to his res­ig­na­tion. (See text excerpts below.)

One won­ders if this, too, can be attrib­uted to incom­pe­tence or, rather, to com­plic­ity with the forces of inter­na­tional fas­cism and the Under­ground Reich.

“Fight for the Falklands: Twenty Years” Later; BBC

 . . . . The Foreign Secretary, Lord Carrington, and two junior ministers had resigned by the end of the week. They took the blame for Britain’s poor preparations and plans to decommission HMS Endurance, the navy’s only Antarctic patrol vessel. It was a move which may have lead the Junta to believe the UK had little interest in keeping the Falklands. . . .

12. More about Carrington’s performance vis a vis the Falklands War:

“Carrington and Nott Face Humiliation and Fury” by Michael White; The Guardian, 4/3/1982.

The Government last night rounded off a day of spectacular military and diplomatic humiliation with the public admission by the Foreign Secretary, Lord Carrington, and the Defence Secretary, Mr John Nott, that Argentina had indeed captured Port Stanley while the British Navy lay too far away to prevent it. . . .

. . . .The belated confirmation of the invasion which had apparently eluded ministers – though not the world’s media, American intelligence, or radio hams – came shortly after it had been agreed that the Prime Minister herself would open a three-hour debate on the Falkland crisis in the first Saturday sitting of the Commons since the abortive Suez invasion of 1956. . . .

13. Still more about Carrington and the Falklands conflict:

“Britain’s Approach on the Falklands: Neglect and Hope for the Best”  by Richard Norton-Taylor and Owen Bowcott; The Guardian; 12/27/2012.

. . . . Evidence that the Argentinian junta was adopting an increasingly belligerent approach towards the Falklands was ignored or dismissed as mere rhetoric. . . .

14. In addi­tion to hisCarrington’s strik­ing fail­ure to act in an intel­li­gent and timely fash­ion to antic­i­pate the inva­sion, a BBC broad­cast dis­closed key aspects of the British mil­i­tary oper­a­tion shortly before it was to be under­taken. We won­ders if this might have been the work of a Fifth Col­umn within the British for­eign office, per­haps act­ing in con­cert with Carrington?

“Battle of Goose Green”; Wikipedia

. . . . During the planning of the assault of both Darwin and Goose Green, the Battalion Headquarters were listening in to the BBC World Service. The newsreader announced that the 2nd Battalion of the Parachute Regiment were poised and ready to assault Darwin and Goose Green, causing great confusion with the commanding officers of the battalion. Lieutenant Colonel Jones became furious with the level of incompetence and told BBC representative Robert Fox he was going to sue the BBC, Whitehall and the War Cabinet. . . .


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