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FTR #839 Interview (#2) with Peter Levenda about “The Hitler Legacy”

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This program was recorded in one, 60-minute segment [7]

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[9]Introduction: The second of several interviews with Peter Levenda [10], this program sets forth the historical and ideological foundation [11] for the postwar perpetuation and operation of Nazism–“The Hitler Legacy.” [12]

The thesis of this remarkable book might be summed up in an excerpt from page 307:

. . . . After World War II, the American people thought that Nazi Germany had been defeated and the “war” was over; this book demonstrates that it never was. Instead, we were told that Communism was the new threat and we had to pull out all the stops to prevent a Communist takeover of the country. And so our military and our intelligence agencies collaborated with surviving Nazis to go after Communists. We refused to pursue worldwide right wing terror groups and assassins. After all, they were killing Communists and leftists; they were doing us a service. Like Hoover and the Mafia, the CIA refused to believe a Nazi Underground existed even as they collaborated with it (via the Gehlen Organization and the like).

The whole thrust of this book has been that American leaders in business, finance, media, and politics collaborated with Nazis before, during, and after the war. The West’s share in the ‘blame” for Al-Qaeda, et al, goes back a long way–before Eisenhower–to a cabal of extremist US Army generals and emigre Eastern Europeans who didn’t have much of a problem with Nazism since they feared Communism more. The Church, the Tibetans, the Japanese, the Germans, the Croatians–and the Americans–all felt that Communism was the greater danger, long before WWII. We enlisted war criminals to fight on our side. We appropriated the idea of global jihad from the Nazis and their WW I predecessors. We amped up their plan to weaponize religion and convinced Muslims, who hated each other, to band together to fight Communism. And when Afghanistan was liberated and the Soviet Union was defeated?

September 11, 2001. . . .

Peter calls the first section of his book “Origins of 21st Century Conflict.” It begins with events that occurred during, and in the immediate aftermath of, “The Great War.”

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Heinrich Himmler and Grand Mufti Husseini

Prominent in Peter’s analysis of the “Origins of 21st Century Conflict” is the genesis of “global jihadism.” Ironically, what is perceived in parts of the Muslim world as an anti-imperial doctine had its genesis as a vehicle for colonial domination.

Seeking proxy warriors on behalf of the Kaiser, archaelogist Max von Oppenheim convinced Sultan Mehmet the V of the Ottoman Empire to declare a global jihad against England, France and Russia in an unsuccessful attempt to oust those nations from their colonial holdings in the Muslim world.

Britain, too, sought to employ proxy warriors against the Ottoman Empire, utilizing T.E. Lawrence’s Arab Legion and King Faisal. After the defeat of the Ottoman armies, the British violated their pledge of support for Arab self-governance, opting instead for the Sykes-Picot treaty dividing the Middle East between France and England.

During the First World War, Britain also signed the Balfour Delcaration, expressing support for a Jewish homeland in the Middle East, in exchange for Jewish support in the war. After the conclusion of hostilities, the British Empire violated its agreement with the Zionists as well.

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The Grand Mufti Inspects a Balkan Muslim Waffen SS Unit

It was in British-controlled Palestine that we see the rise of a very important figure in the history of the Middle East, the grown of jihadism and the genesis of the collaboration between fascism and Islamism [15]–Haj Amin al-Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem.

Seeking to mozilize the feeling of betrayal on the part of many Muslims in the Middle East and elsewhere in the colonial world, al-Husseini ultimately became a general in the Waffen SS and the first leader of the Palestinian National movement.

Next, we highlight Peter’s analysis of what happened when the Nazis came to power, putting NSDAP ideologues in positions of influence around the world–diplomats, military attaches, spies etc. Networking with like minded interests in other countries, they worked with elements in the U.S. discussed in FTR #838 [16]. Further illuminating some points of discussion featured in our first interview, the program sets forth information about the Nazi-allied Ukrainian fascist milieu active in the U.S. prior to, and during, World War II.

We then digress, to present an overview of the Ford Motor Company milieu and international fascism, from German-American Bund leader Fritz Kuhn to Michael Vernon Townley, a perpetrator of the assassination of Orlando Letelier, son of a Ford Motor Company employee in Chile, member of the Chilean Nazi party and one of the principals in the design and operation of Colonia Dignidad. We summarize Colonia Dignidad and Peter’s brave, frightening visit to that Nazi bastion discussed in his book Unholy Alliance [17].

Peter visited this Nazi outpost in Chile in 1979. Part of what we call “The Underground Reich,” it served as a torture center for the Pinchet regime in Chile. Financed by the Nazi diaspora, in was an epicenter for “Operation Condor,”–an international assassination consortium of Latin American dictatorships assisted by elements of U.S. intelligence. (The assassination of Orlando Letelier was the best known of these killings.)

Peter visited “The Colony,” as it was known, against the advice of the local constabulary. Staffed by Germans, it served as a torture center for the Pinochet dictatorship. Michael Vernon Townley, an electronics engineer, who created remote control torture centers, which permitted multiple suspects to be “interrogated” simultaneously, by remote control.

“The Colony” was funded by the worldwide Nazi money machine and was revealed to have developed weapons of mass destruction, including sarin gas. It remains in existence.

After being able to leave Colonia Dignidad, Peter was put on a plane back to the United States, lost his job with the Bendix corporation and was repeatedly subjected to anti-Semitic death threats.

Program Highlights Include:

1. Continuing discussion introduced in the previous program, we further develop Peter’s analysis of the origins of global jihad.

Ironically, what is perceived in parts of the Muslim world as an anti-imperial doctrine had its genesis as a vehicle for colonial domination.

Seeking proxy warriors on behalf of the Kaiser, archaeologist Max von Oppenheim convinced Sultan Mehmet the V of the Ottoman Empire to declare a global jihad against England, France and Russia in an unsuccessful attempt to oust those nations from their colonial holdings in the Muslim world.

Peter sums up a profound irony in this gambit on page 67:

. . . . In sum, global jihad was originally conceived as a tool for Western, European colonialists to (ironically) manipulate anti-colonial sentiments by elevating them to the status of divine ordinance, taking what was a political and economic situation–colonialism–and interpreting it within a purely religious context. . . .

Britain, too, sought to employ proxy warriors against the Ottoman Empire, utilizing T.E. Lawrence’s Arab Legion and King Faisal. After the defeat of the Ottoman armies, the British violated their pledge of support for Arab self-governance, opting instead for the Sykes-Picot treaty dividing the Middle East between France and England.

During the First World War, Britain also signed the Balfour Delcaration, expressing support for a Jewish homeland in the Middle East, in exchange for Jewish support in the war. After the conclusion of hostilities, the British Empire violated its agreement with the Zionists as well.

It was in British-controlled Palestine that we see the rise of a very important figure in the history of the Middle East, the grown of jihadism and the genesis of the collaboration between fascism and islamism [15]–Haj Amin al-Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem.

Seeking to mobilize the feeling of betrayal on the part of many Muslims in the Middle East and elsewhere in the colonial world, al-Husseini ultimately became a general in the Waffen SS and the first leader of the Palestinian National movement.

Key elements of this part of the analysis include:

The essence of the world view that developed on “the Arab street” and that informed those sympathetic to the Grand Mufti and the Muslim Brotherhood is summed up by Peter on page 73 (note that von Oppenheim and Ludendorf formalized the jihadist tactic of targeting civilians and innocents as part of this jihadist operational paradigm):

. . . . A new narrative was about to be born, and it became the Grand Unified Theory of Islamist terrorism; anti-Zionism became equivalent to anti-Semitism; the Jews had created Bolshevism as a mechanism for dividing and conquering all other races; they were aided and abetted in this program by the European powers–the “Crusaders”–who cooperated with the Jews in order to enslave the Muslims; and that the only way to defend Arab, i.e. Muslim, territories against the invaders was to proclaim a jihad. Since the Arabs did not have the same access to money and military equipment as the Crusaders and the Jews, the jihad would have to be waged “by any means necessary.” This included the regimen suggested by Oppenheim of individual assassinations, independent bands of jihadists, and guerrilla warfare that included targeting civilian populations. Once Jews were identified as the enemy of Islam, the designation of enemy combatant could be extended to include not only able-bodied men who carried arms and fought in pitched battles, but anyone who was Jewish: women women, children, and all those previously considered non-combatants. . . .

. . . . This new paradigm would become enshrined in the concept of “total war,” a phrase coined by former German General Erich Ludendorf (1865-1937) to designate a state in which all the resources of a nation had to be mobilized in the war effort. When two such states are at war, then it is inevitable that civilian populations on both sides would be slaughtered in an effort of each side to deprive the other of the raw material of conflict–to destroy logistical support, industry, agriculture and most of all every human who could grow food, make ammunition, or fire a weapon. . . . .

2. Next, we highlight Peter’s analysis of what happened when the Nazis came to power, putting NSDAP ideologues in positions of influence around the world–diplomats, military attaches, spies etc.

Networking with like minded interests in other countries, they worked with elements in the U.S. discussed in FTR #838 [16]. Further illuminating some points of discussion featured in our first interview, the program sets forth information about the Nazi-allied Ukrainian fascist milieu active in the U.S. prior to, and during, World War II. Topics highlighted include:

3. We digress, slightly, to present a brief overview of the Ford Motor Company milieu and international fascism, from German-American Bund leader Fritz Kuhn to Michael Vernon Townley, a perpetrator of the assassination of Orlando Letelier, son of a Ford Motor Company employee in Chile, member of the Chilean Nazi party and one of the principals in the design and operation of Colonia Dignidad. We briefly digress to summarize Colonia Dignidad and Peter’s brave, frightening visit to that Nazi bastion discussed in his book Unholy Alliance [17].

Peter visited “The Colony,” as it was known, against the advice of the local constabulary. Staffed by Germans, it served as a torture center for the Pinochet dictatorship. Michael Vernon Townley, an electronics engineer, who created remote control torture centers, which permitted multiple suspects to be “interrogated” simultaneously, by remote control.

After being able to leave Colonia Dignidad, Peter was put on a plane back to the United States, lost his job with the Bendix corporation and was repeatedly subjected to anti-Semitic death threats.