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FTR #252 Update on Global Fascism

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This pro­gram high­lights the devel­op­ment of fas­cism around the world and over the decades. Begin­ning with revi­sion­ist his­to­ry of the Bat­tle of Britain, the pro­gram exam­ines a nov­el inter­pre­ta­tion of that event by Adolph Gal­land (in charge of Ger­man fight­er air­craft dur­ing World War II.) (York­shire Post; 9/11/2000; www.ypn.co.uk/archive.)

1. Gal­land con­tends that Hitler had already decid­ed against invad­ing Britain before the engage­ment took place and that the Ger­man Mescher­mitt 109 air­craft was supe­ri­or to the British Spit­fire. (Idem.)

2. At vari­ance with the facts, Gal­land’s view is char­ac­ter­is­tic of pro-fas­cist revi­sion­ism cur­rent­ly gain­ing dis­tri­b­u­tion. Gal­land’s views were writ­ten down in the imme­di­ate after­math of the war (when he was serv­ing as an aide to Argen­tin­ian pres­i­dent Juan Per­on), but not pub­lished in Eng­lish until recent­ly.

3. Next, the broad­cast details the ordeal of a for­mer under­cov­er agent for the Bun­deswehr (Ger­man armed forces). Assigned to infil­trate the Nazi Nation­al­ist Front (“NF”), the sol­dier’s supe­ri­ors have not pro­tect­ed him from pos­si­ble ret­ri­bu­tion. (Der Tagesspiegel Online; 8/19/2000; cryptome.org; trans­la­tion by Cryp­tome.)

4. Because a sec­re­tary for a Bun­deswehr brigade com­man­der worked for the NF, “Michael P” was viewed as pos­si­bly being in dan­ger. (Idem.)

5. When assigned to the Unit­ed States, Michael was dis­turbed to see a swasti­ka-adorned pho­to­graph adorn­ing the wall of an offi­cer who was work­ing as a liai­son offi­cer with the Unit­ed States Army. (Idem.)

6. That offi­cer was Lieu­tenant Colonel Guen­ther Gud­er­ian and the pic­ture was that of his grand­fa­ther, Gen­er­al Heinz Gud­er­ian (one of the Wehrma­cht’s top com­man­ders under Hitler.) (Idem.)

7. Gud­er­ian had post­ed the pic­ture on the wall of his office in Fort Bragg, North Car­oli­na. (Idem.)

8. Gen­er­al Gud­er­ian was a prin­ci­pal tar­get of recruit­ment by the U.S. in the post-war peri­od. (Dream­er of the Day: Fran­cis Park­er Yock­ey and the Post­war Fas­cist Inter­na­tion­al; Autono­me­dia; copy­right 1999; ISBN 1–57027-039–2; pp. 393–394.)

9. Because of his sta­tus as a Third Reich mil­i­tary hero, Gud­e­ri­an’s alle­giance was seen as a bul­wark against the pos­si­bil­i­ty that Ger­many might pur­sue a neu­tral­ist (or even pro-Sovi­et) stance dur­ing the Cold War. (Ibid.; p. 393.)

10. Next, the pro­gram high­lights the recent death of Alek­san­dras Lileikis in Lithua­nia. The head of the Lithuan­ian secu­ri­ty police dur­ing the Nazi occu­pa­tion, Lileikis was viewed as a war crim­i­nal for his role in the liq­ui­da­tion of Lithuan­ian Jew­ry, and was sought for many years after the war. (Los Ange­les Times; 9/28/2000; p. A5.)

11. Like so many Third Reich col­lab­o­ra­tors, Lileikis was able to elude cap­ture, in part, because of the assis­tance he received from the Unit­ed States. (Idem.)

12. Like many East­ern Euro­pean fas­cists, Lileikis was giv­en sanc­tu­ary in the U.S. (Idem.)

13. Much of the sec­ond half of the pro­gram focus­es on Jörg Haider in Aus­tria. Despite hav­ing for­mal­ly resigned as head of the Free­dom Par­ty, Haider appears to be the actu­al “pow­er behind the throne” in the Aus­tri­an gov­ern­ment. (San Fran­cis­co Chron­i­cle; 9/27/2000; pp. 14–16.)

14. In that con­text, it should be not­ed that the EU recent­ly lift­ed sanc­tions against Aus­tria. (“EU Scraps Sanc­tions,” by Graeme Atkin­son; The Search­light; Octo­ber of 2000, #304; p. 26.)

15. Aus­tri­an chan­cel­lor Wolf­gang Schus­sel, in par­tic­u­lar, has begun to look and sound like a clone of Haider. (“Diplo­ma­cy Aus­tri­an Style” by Karl Pfeifer; The Search­light; Octo­ber of 2000 #304; pp. 26–27.)

16. The pro­gram con­cludes with a look at “net­work­ing” among fas­cists of var­i­ous nations. Sil­vio Berlus­coni of Italy, his polit­i­cal ally Gian­fran­co Fini, for­mer U.S. Ambas­sador Maxwell Rabb (an old ally of Ital­ian fas­cists) and ele­ments of Israel’s far-right Likud Par­ty have been coor­di­nat­ing their activ­i­ties. (“Inter­na­tion­al Fas­cist Axis” by Ger­ry Gable; The Search­light; Octo­ber of 2000 #304; p. 9.)

17. Berlus­coni is a for­mer mem­ber of Licio Gel­li’s P‑2 lodge. His asso­ciate Fini is the head of the Nation­al Alliance, the direct suc­ces­sor to Mus­solin­i’s fas­cist par­ty in Italy. (Record­ed on 10/8/2000.)


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