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Blame it on the Soviets

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Submitted by Wallace Edward Brand (United States), Dec 23, 2011 at 16:38

Blame it on the Soviets.

Thanks to Major General Ion Pacepa, the highest ranking defector from the Soviet bloc during the Cold War, we know that the first PLO Charter was drafted in Moscow in 1964. This was in the years when the Soviets were creating liberation organizations. They created several.
It is in the preamble of the Charter that the collective noun "Palestinian Arab People" first appears. Three times! -- as if to provide Alice in Wonderland proof that it is true. (It was Humpty Dumpty that said, "What I tell you three times is true.")

The charter claims also that the Palestinian Arab People have a passion for political self determination. Both the concept of the "Palestinian Arab People" and their passion for self government, are invented. See: Brand, "Soviet Russia, the Creators of the PLO and the Palestinian People"


and "Was there a Palestinian National Movement at the End of the Ottoman Period,


None of this charter-drafted-in-Moscow is based on opinion. It is all fact reported by General Pacepa who was personally involved. But the following is my opinion. Why was it done?

The Arabs had been engaging in murder of Jews at least since the 1920s (I won't go into the period prior to the Mandate -- that has been done very well by Andrew Bostom). But the following is my opinion. Why did the Soviets do this? What the Soviet dezinformatsia did was brilliant. It was to change the Arab motive from jihad as a religious obligation. It was a change from annihilation of the Jews in Israel to liberation of the hapless Palestinian People in Palestine. It was to soften the motive of the murders because it was based on resistance to oppression not religious obligation and change the aggressor to henceforth being the victim. And it worked! Beautifully!

This had a particularly effective appeal to compassionate Jews everywhere, particularly left wing Jews -- even in Israel.
Prior to 1948 the Soviet Union thought the Socialist jewish government would be friendly to the Communists of the Soviet Union. Perhaps they would help the Soviet Union with the Russian dream of finally getting access to a warm water port. But that didn't work out. The Jewish conservatives kept getting stronger. And in 1967 Israel embarrassed Russia by its amazing victory over several of Soviet client states.

According to Pacepa:
"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.

According to Andropov, the Islamic world was a waiting petri dish in which we could nurture a virulent strain of America-hatred, grown from the bacterium of Marxist-Leninist thought. Islamic anti-Semitism ran deep. The Muslims had a taste for nationalism, jingoism, and victimology. Their illiterate, oppressed mobs could be whipped up to a fever pitch.

Terrorism and violence against Israel and her master, American Zionism, would flow naturally from the Muslims' religious fervor, Andropov sermonized. We had only to keep repeating our themes — that the United States and Israel were "fascist, imperial-Zionist countries" bankrolled by rich Jews. Islam was obsessed with preventing the infidels' occupation of its territory, and it would be highly receptive to our characterization of the U.S. Congress as a rapacious Zionist body aiming to turn the world into a Jewish fiefdom.

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.

In the mid 1970s, the KGB ordered my service, the DIE — along with other East European sister services — to scour the country for trusted party activists belonging to various Islamic ethnic groups, train them in disinformation and terrorist operations, and infiltrate them into the countries of our "sphere of influence." Their task was to export a rabid, demented hatred for American Zionism by manipulating the ancestral abhorrence for Jews felt by the people in that part of the world. Before I left Romania for good, in 1978, my DIE had dispatched around 500 such undercover agents to Islamic countries. According to a rough estimate received from Moscow, by 1978 the whole Soviet-bloc intelligence community had sent some 4,000 such agents of influence into the Islamic world.

In the mid-1970s we also started showering the Islamic world with an Arabic translation of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, a tsarist Russian forgery that had been used by Hitler as the foundation for his anti-Semitic philosophy. We also disseminated a KGB-fabricated "documentary" paper in Arabic alleging that Israel and its main supporter, the United States, were Zionist countries dedicated to converting the Islamic world into a Jewish colony.
We in the Soviet bloc tried to conquer minds, because we knew we could not win any military battles. It is hard to say what exactly are the lasting effects of operation SIG. But the cumulative effect of disseminating hundreds of thousands of Protocols in the Islamic world and portraying Israel and the United States as Islam's deadly enemies was surely not constructive.

Post-Soviet Russia has been transformed in unprecedented ways, but the widely popular belief that the nefarious Soviet legacy was rooted out at the end of the Cold War the same way that Nazism was rooted out with the conclusion of World War II, is not yet correct."
Russian Footprints, Ion Mihai Pacepa, National Review Online, August 24, 2006,



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