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O.S.S. Document: U.S. Intelligence Planned on Using Stephan Bandera Against U.S.S.R. in 1946

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Stephan Ban­dera

COMMENT: In FTR #777, we high­light­ed the adop­tion of Stephan Ban­der­a’s OUN/B by ele­ments of U.S. intel­li­gence to use as com­bat­ants against the Sovi­et Union. Hav­ing staffed SS and Gestapo ranks and par­tic­i­pat­ed in war crimes against Poles, Jews, Rus­sians and oth­er “racial unde­sir­ables,”  this Third Reich ally con­duct­ed gueril­la war­fare against the Sovi­ets until the ear­ly 1950’s. 

Tran­si­tion­ing from Nazi Ger­many to the Office of Pol­i­cy Coor­di­na­tion (a CIA/State Depart­ment oper­a­tion admin­is­tered by Frank Wis­ner), the OUN/B com­bat­ants essen­tial­ly switched uni­forms from the Third Reich to Amer­i­can intel­li­gence.

A declas­si­fied doc­u­ment from the Office of Strate­gic Services–America’s World War II intel­li­gence agency and the fore­run­ner of the CIA–discloses that Ban­dera and his orga­ni­za­tion were tar­get­ed for recruit­ment in the imme­di­ate after­math of World War II.

The doc­u­ment fea­tures dis­cus­sion of Yaroslav Stet­sko, the wartime leader of Ukraine whose Nazi pup­pet regime ful­filled the Reich’s eth­nic cleans­ing doc­trine with bru­tal thor­ough­ness. In under­stand­ing the Ukraine cri­sis, the unbro­ken line of polit­i­cal suc­ces­sion from Stetsko/Bandera to the present should be borne in mind, as should the syn­the­sis of U.S. covert oper­a­tions and the GOP, specif­i­cal­ly the Cru­sade For Free­dom. 

An ille­gal domes­tic covert oper­a­tion, the CFF brought Nazi allies such as the OUN/B, the Croa­t­ian Ustachi, the Roman­ian Iron Guard, the Hun­gar­i­an Arrow Cross, the Bul­gar­i­an Nation­al Front and oth­ers into the Unit­ed States in order to dri­ve the polit­i­cal spec­trum to the right.

As of 1952, the  CFF became inex­tri­ca­bly linked with the GOP, with Arthur Bliss Lane play­ing a key role in the GOP’s 1952 cam­paign, as well as being cen­tral­ly involved in the CFF. The CFF spawned the GOP’s eth­nic out­reach orga­ni­za­tion, which was able to deliv­er the swing vote in five key states in Pres­i­den­tial elec­tion years. It even­tu­al­ly became a per­ma­nent part of the GOP.

Con­ceived by Allen Dulles, the CFF was over­seen by Richard Nixon. Its chief spokesper­son was Ronald Rea­gan. The State Depart­ment offi­cial respon­si­ble for bring­ing “fas­cist free­dom fight­ers” like the OUN/B into the Unit­ed States was William Casey (Ronald Rea­gan’s cam­paign man­ag­er in the 1980 Pres­i­den­tial race and lat­er Rea­gan’s CIA direc­tor.) The Nazi wing of the GOP was installed as a per­ma­nent branch of the Repub­li­can Part when George H.W. Bush was the head of the Repub­li­can Nation­al Com­mit­tee.

The OUN/B was a key ele­ment of the GOP’s eth­nic out­reach orga­ni­za­tion. It is note­wor­thy that the orga­ni­za­tions that were rep­re­sent­ed in the GOP sub­group were all affil­i­at­ed with the SS dur­ing World War II. They were also inex­tri­ca­bly linked with the Rein­hard Gehlen orga­ni­za­tion.

Per­haps the most impor­tant effect of the Gehlen orga­ni­za­tion was to intro­duce “roll­back” or “lib­er­a­tion the­o­ry” into Amer­i­can strate­gic think­ing. Roll­back was a polit­i­cal wafare and covert oper­a­tion strat­e­gy which had its gen­e­sis in the Third Reich Ost­min­is­teri­um head­ed by Alfred Rosen­berg. This strat­e­gy entailed enlist­ing the aid of dis­si­dent Sovi­et eth­nic minori­ties to over­throw the Sovi­et Union. In return, these minori­ties and their respec­tive republics were to be grant­ed nom­i­nal inde­pen­dence while serv­ing as satel­lite states of “Greater Ger­many.”

In its Amer­i­can incar­na­tion, lib­er­a­tion the­o­ry called for “rolling back” com­mu­nism out of East­ern Europe and the break-up of the Sovi­et Union into its con­stituent eth­nic Republics. Lip-ser­vice was giv­en to ini­ti­at­ing democ­ra­cy in the “lib­er­at­ed” coun­tries. Lib­er­a­tion the­o­ry was pro­ject­ed into main­stream Amer­i­can polit­i­cal con­scious­ness through the Cru­sade for Free­dom.

In FTR #778, we exam­ined the pro­jec­tion of CFF Nazis into East­ern Europe and the Sovi­et Union. The OUN/B was pri­ma­ry among those ele­ments. Fol­low­ing the so-called “Orange Rev­o­lu­tion,”  Rea­gan’s Deputy Direc­tor of Pub­lic Liai­son, Yka­te­ri­na Chu­machenko mar­ried Vik­tor Yuschenko and became first lady of Ukraine. The UCCA is the key OUN/B front orga­ni­za­tion in the U.S.

The Yuschenko regime remade Ukrain­ian his­to­ry in the ide­o­log­i­cal mold of the OUN/B. (see FTR #781.) Yaroslav Stet­sko’s per­son­al sec­re­tary in the ear­ly 1980s, Roman Svarych, was appoint­ed min­is­ter of jus­tice under Yuschenko and held the same post under both Tim­o­shenko gov­ern­ments. (That is the Ukrain­ian equiv­a­lent of Attor­ney Gen­er­al.)

Svarych is an advis­er to Poroshenko and, along with Stet­sko’s wid­ow Sla­va, found­ed the Ukrain­ian Nation­al Con­gress, an OUN/B‑influenced par­ty in Ukraine.

Svarych is the embod­i­ment of the polit­i­cal and his­tor­i­cal con­ti­nu­ity between the OUN/B of the Sec­ond World War era and that orga­ni­za­tion’s heirs in con­tem­po­rary Ukraine.

 

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