Friday, August 25, 2006
Romanian Connection to Islamic Terror
I am a scholar of ancient Egypt and the Levant. I am also an American of Romanian heritage. The other portion is mostly Scottish. As a fan of classic Star Trek (yes, I am dating myself horribly), I always likened the combination to being part Klingon/part Vulcan.
But I digress (yet again). While it is rare I see news stories combining Romania with Middle Eastern issues, there seems to a spate of material recently. Needless to say, I find such information fascinating and want to share it with others, playing my role as citizen journalist.
In a National Review Online article (Russian Footprints - What does Moscow have to do with the recent war in Lebanon? By Ion Mihai Pacepa) there is interesting information from General Pacepa, who was a Romanian Intelligence Officer assisting the Soviets to spread anti-Jewish/Israel sentiment through the Middle East during the 1970s.
Some extracts that are insightful:
"General Aleksandr Sakharovsky, who created Communist Romania's intelligence structure and then rose to head up all of Soviet Russia's foreign intelligence, often lectured me: In today's world, when nuclear arms have made military force obsolete, terrorism should become our main weapon.
In 1972, the Kremlin decided to turn the whole Islamic world against Israel and the U.S. As KGB chairman Yury Andropov told me, a billion adversaries could inflict far greater damage on America than could a few millions. We needed to instill a Nazi-style hatred for the Jews throughout the Islamic world, and to turn this weapon of the emotions into a terrorist bloodbath against Israel and its main supporter, the United States. No one within the American/Zionist sphere of influence should any longer feel safe
.......... The codename of this operation was SIG (Sionistskiye Gosudarstva, or Zionist Governments), and was within my Romanian service's sphere of influence, for it embraced Libya, Lebanon, and Syria. SIG was a large party/state operation. We created joint ventures to build hospitals, houses, and roads in these countries, and there we sent thousands of doctors, engineers, technicians, professors, and even dance instructors. All had the task of portraying the United States as an arrogant and haughty Jewish fiefdom financed by Jewish money and run by Jewish politicians, whose aim was to subordinate the entire Islamic world.
The remaining article is extremely worthwhile for all who wish to understand the potential origins of Islamic terror, and the impact of Cold War tactics still being felt today.
What's troubling is that the Islamists have no clue that they ARE being used.
Samuel L. Baily, author of IMMIGRANTS IN THE LANDS OF PROMISE: ITALIANS IN BUENOS AIRES AND NEW YORK CITY, 1870-1914, uses an interesting phrase in describing the relation between immigrants and the receiving society/culture. That phrase is: 'interrelated clusters of variables'.
I'll get back to that phrase in a moment. I have a good friend, probably my best friend, with whom I share a 30 span of sharing research and participation in cultural anthropology and social relations within a variable of contexts. One of our areas of disagreement is the impact communism has had on the United States. My friend is a PHD of Anthro at the Colorado University. While he is by no means liberal, in the sense of anti-American pop liberalism, he is far less conservative than me and hesitant to belief any of my assertions that communism indeed plays a major part in forming American political debate today. No academic with an impressive career of field work and publications would want to admit they were blind to something lurking in the shadows, so to speak. Yet, using the phrase Baily penned, 'interrelated clusters of variables', one can find within labor, immigration, class strata and armed resistence, the influences of communism. The great flaw in communism is it's reliance on labor to embrace it's social leveling of populations under one umbrealla led by a few. Islamic nations can only function under one umbrella and that is Islam. Within the interrelated clusters of variables of Islamic culture I find a history of violence and bloodshed inflicted on Muslims by Muslims. Islam has 'wiggled' out from under the Islamo/communist creation and has turned on the 'master', so to speak, as the attacks on the Soviet Union, dating back to Afghanistan and the Taliban give proof to an unyet wholly revealed history of Soviet/Islamo relations that do not favor Pacepa and indeed, continue to plague the present day Russian states.