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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 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 & 37 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.)

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. (Mum­cu was assas­si­nat­ed in a car-bomb attack in the ear­ly 1990’s.) In AFA #21 and FTR #549, we exam­ined Nazar’s 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.


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