Woodrow Wilson Kept the Russophobe Ball Rolling
President Wilson’s relative sympathy for the Russian revolution turned to visceral anti-Bolshevism after labor strikes, race riots, and anarchist attacks broke out across the United States in 1919. Wilson’s iron suppression of these disturbances left “a legacy of repression that lasted for decades;” and his administration’s violation of civil liberties would provide a precedent for McCarthyism in the 1950s.
The enmity between US interests and Russia stiffened in April of 1920 when the Bolsheviks retook Baku and promptly nationalized Standard Oil of New Jersey’s oil fields there. Subsequently the Cold War, the Korean War, the Cuban Missile Crisis and Vietnam all contributed to the Americans’ Russophobe brew. Underlying all of this anti-Russian sentiment, I think, is a deep-seated fear of Marxism and any other form of collectivism.
In the early 20th century Soviet collectivism was perceived by many people around the world—including the United States–as a better solution for organizing human society, certainly better than British colonialism and American social Darwinism. It may even have influenced Roosevelt’s New Deal. This, I think, is why the big commercial and industrial interests that ran—and still run—the United States took it upon themselves to demonize and marginalize Russia and the Russians. They have turned their own interest-driven mania into an all-pervading myth that has come to drive American psychology—and American policy–to an extent that is difficult for an impartial observer to fathom.
Whenever a seemingly inexplicable terrorist attack is executed anywhere in the world we are obliged to consider the possibility that it might be a Gladio-style false-flag operation. The latest example is the allegedly-Russian-sponsored gas attack on 7 April 2018 in Douma, Syria, where Assad’s forces were already winning the war and had nothing to gain by gassing their own countrymen. Some observers are questioning whether there was any gas attack at all. Are we looking at a false-flag version of a false terrorist attack? What an ideal setting for someone’s clandestine service to further besmirch the Syrian regime and “justify” an American attack on Syria and perhaps Iran.
Sibil Edmonds and “Gladio B”
It is against this ideological background that we must view the events associated with the clandestine stay-behind armies that MI6 and the CIA set up and ran in Europe. Are they still active? It’s not clear to what extent the original Operation Gladio is still afoot in Europe. It is, after all, clandestine. There are, however, clear signs of a Gladio spinoff at work in Eurasia since the late nineties. The evidence comes from a petite whistleblower named Sibil Edmonds who worked as a translator of the Turkish, Farsi and Azerbaijani languages for the FBI.
According to Global Research.ca, Edmonds, who went to work for the FBI in the weeks following the 9/11 attacks, in the process uncovered ongoing criminal operations implicating foreign nationals and high-level US officials. When she tried to report on these revelations, she was told to shut up and eventually dismissed from the agency.
In testimony under oath, Edmonds confirmed that Major Doug Dickerson worked for the Pentagon’s Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) under the weapons procurement logistics division in Turkey and Central Asia, and with the Office of Special Plans (OSP) overseeing policy in Central Asia. Edmonds said that the Pentagon operations with Islamists were an “extension” of an original ‘Gladio’ programme uncovered in the 1970s in Italy, part of an EU-wide NATO covert operation that began as early as the 1940s.
Sibel Edmonds later said in an interview for Americanswhotellthetruth.org:
“… our freedom is under assault — not from terrorists — for they only attack us, not our freedom, and they can never prevail. No, the attacks on our freedom are from within, from our very own government: and unless we recognize these attacks … and stand up, and speak out — no, shout out — against those in government who are attempting to silence the brave few who are warning us, then we are doomed to wake up one sad morning and wonder when and where our freedom died.”
Sibel Edmonds is currently the editor of the Boiling Frogs Post and Founder-Director of the US-based National Security Whistleblowers Coalition. She is the recipient of the 2006 PEN/Newman’s Own First Amendment Award, and the author of two books including her memoir, Classified Woman: The Sibel Edmonds Story: A Memoir; and a work of fiction: The Lone Gladio.
- 2004 recipient of the Sam Adams Foundation Award.
- 2006 recipient of the PEN Newman’s Own First Amendment Award.
- 2012 release of Edmond’s memoir, Classified Woman: The Sibel Edmonds Story.
- There’s an excellent Edmonds biography here.
How Did They Keep Such Momentous News a Secret?
They didn’t, actually, at least after November 16, 1990 when Italian Judge Felice Casson discovered documents regarding Operation Gladio in the archives of the Italian military secret service in Rome and obliged Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti to confirm to the Italian parliament the existence of a secret army in Italy. In declarations made before the international press Andreotti insisted that Italy was not the only country involved in the conspiracy and the secret anti-Communist stay-behind armies were discovered across Europe.
In Switzerland, a neutral country with a NATO-related stay-behind army, the whistleblowers had worse luck. Also in 1990 Colonel Herbert Alboth, a former commander of the Swiss secret stay-behind army P26, declares in a confidential letter to the Defense Department that he is willing to reveal “the whole truth.” Shortly thereafter he is discovered at home stabbed to death with his own bayonet.
Another powerful factor influencing the lack of dissemination of the European secret-armies revelation is the fact that Andreotti’s announcement coincided with the buildup and heightened action in the Iraq war, including the bombing of Baghdad by the Americans and their allies. (From Wikipedia–The air campaign of the Gulf War, also known as the 1991 bombing of Iraq, was an extensive aerial bombing campaign from 17 January to 23 February 1991. The coalition flew more than 100,000 sorties, dropping 88,500 tons of bombs,.devastating military and civilian infrastructure.) Besides, as far as American news consumers are concerned, European news of a political nature doesn’t enjoy a very enthusiastic following.
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