KGB Defector: Soviets Engineered Islamist Hatred of America

To understand how things got this point, we have to look into history.  Russian support for islamic terrorism against America has been well documented and still continues today.

KGB head Andropov said Islam and the Arab world was petri dish which could nurture a virulent strain of America-hate.

Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa is the highest-ranking defector from the former Soviet bloc. He fled to the U.S. in 1978 when he was the deputy chief of Communist Romania’s foreign intelligence service. He was also a top advisor to Nicolae Ceausescu, the country’s Soviet-allied leader.

Ryan Mauro: Why would the Soviet Union sponsor the growth of radical Islam if that ideology also hates communism?

Ion Mihai Pacepa: Because they have another, more important thing in common: anti-Semitism. Long before we had the Holocaust in Germany, we had the Russian word pogrom, defined by an authoritarian Russian dictionary as the “government-organized mass slaughter of some element of the population as a group, such as the Jewish pogroms in tsarist Russia.”[1] And long before we had Hitler’s Mein Kampf, we had the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, a tsarist Russian anti-Semitic forgery that became the basis for much of Mein Kampf and for today’s new anti-Semitism.

The KGB community, when I was at its top, spent many years and huge amounts of money to turn the Islamic world into an explosive enemy of the United States. Islam and the Arab world, Andropov told me in 1972, were a petri dish in which we could nurture a strain of America-hate, grown from the bacterium of Marxist thought. Islam’s doctrine of soul-purifying jihad was the twin to our own soul-purifying romance with revolutionary nihilism.

The Muslims’ anti-Semitism ran deep. We had only to keep repeating our disinformation—that the United States was a war-mongering, Zionist country financed by Jewish money and run by a rapacious “Council of the Elders of Zion” (the KGB’s derisive epithet for the U.S. Congress), the aim of which was to transform the rest of the world into a Jewish fiefdom.

Mauro: Does Russia remain anti-Semitic?

Pacepa: Unfortunately, Russian anti-Semitism is still alive and well. Prof. Rychlak and I have documented this in our new book, Disinformation. Here, let me give just two examples.

In August 1998, one of my former colleagues in my other life, General Albert Makashov, a member of the Russian Duma, alleged that the Jews were being paid by American Zionists to ruin the motherland,[1] and he called for the “extermination of all Jews in Russia.” Over and over, Russian television replayed his screaming in the Duma: “I will round up all the Yids [pejorative for Jews] and send them to the next world.”

On November 4, 1998, the Duma endorsed Makashov’s pogrom by voting (121 to 107) to defeat a parliamentary motion censuring his hate-filled statement. At the November 7, 1998 demonstration marking the 81st anniversary of the October Revolution, crowds of former KGB officers showed their support for the general, chanting “hands off Makashov!” and waving signs with anti-Semitic slogans.[2]

Mauro: Did the Soviets focus only on promoting anti-Westernism in Islam, or did they include other religions?

Pacepa: The Soviets did not focus only on creating anti-Westernism in Islam, but on creating anti-Americanism all over the world. The Kremlin’s main enemy was the United States, and during the Cold War, its intelligence community did everything in its power to transform the old European and Islamic anti-Semitism into a new hatred for the “Zionist America,” whose supposed goal was to convert the rest of the world into a Jewish fiefdom.

I spent 20 years of my other life promoting anti-Americanism, and I became familiar with the bloc’s immense disinformation machinery charged to spread hatred for America. During the Cold War, more people worked for that machinery than for the Soviet army and defense industry put together. A significant part of that machinery was headquartered outside the Soviet Union, pretended to be independent international entities and published its own newspapers in French or English. All, however, were manned by our undercover intelligence officers.

Mauro: The Clarion Project has written that Russia may be implementing the Operation Sarindar plan in Syria, a secret plan that you first exposed. When you worked for the East bloc, was such a plan specifically for Syria mentioned? Do you believe it’s being enacted today?

Pacepa: I do not know. During those days, Syria was the Kremlin’s most important ally in the Arab World, and its government was being run by Soviet political and razvedka (foreign intelligence) advisers, who did not share their experience with normal mortals like us.

Mauro: Radical Islamic terrorism has become an increasing problem for Russia since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Doesn’t that make it logical that Russia and the U.S. should ally against a common enemy?

Pacepa: Radical Islamism may create some domestic problems in Russia, but Islamic terrorism was born in the KGB, which is now running Russia, and during my 27 years in the KGB community I never knew Moscow to drop any of its successful operations. It seems this is now the case with terrorism.

Full article: KGB Defector: Soviets Engineered Islamist Hatred of America (The Clarion Project)

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