Obviously, antisemitism predates the Soviet Union—and survived its fall. But as this former KGB thug explains, the Russkies refined an ugly display into an art:
As one who spent decades at the top of the Soviet bloc intelligence world – until, by God’s grace, I defected in 1978 – I can tell you that the absolutely worst, and often irreparable, damage done to the Free World has been caused by disinformation.
As I reveal in my new book, “Disinformation,” co-written with Professor Ronald Rychlak, during the Cold War more people worked for the Soviet bloc disinformation machinery than for the Soviet army and defense industry put together.
In the late 1960s, KGB head Yuri Andropov, with whom I worked at one time, tasked the Soviet bloc’s disinformation machinery with turning the rest of the world against the U.S. by reviving anti-Semitism. Andropov knew that the U.S. would stand with Israel and that he could convince the European leftists and the Islamic world that America was dominated by Jews.
Andropov’s disinformation came to light in 1969, when Palestinian terrorists – secretly trained at the KGB’s Balashikha special-operations school east of Moscow – hijacked an El Al plane and landed it in Algeria. There its 32 Jewish passengers were held hostage for five weeks, during which time Andropov’s disinformation machinery portrayed Israel and the U.S. as the main dangers to world peace.
This pattern continued for years, as Andropov expanded his efforts from hijacking Israeli planes into organizing public executions of “Zionists.” Andropov’s puppet, Dr. George Habash, Marxist leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, explained: “Killing one Jew far from the field of battle is more effective than killing a hundred Jews on the field of battle, because it attracts more attention.”
By 1972, Andropov’s disinformation machinery was working around the clock to persuade the Islamic world that the U.S. intended to transform the rest of the world into a Zionist fiefdom. He wanted us to convince Muslims that the U.S. Congress was a “Council of the Elders of Zion” which conspired to have the Jews take over the world. If we whipped up Muslim anti-Semitism, then terrorism and violence against Israel and America would naturally follow.
Thus, the Romanian DIE (counterpart of KGB foreign intelligence), which I headed, in 1972 received from the KGB an Arabic translation of the old Russian forgery, “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.” We also received “documentary” material in Arabic produced by the Soviet disinformation “proving” America was a Zionist country whose aim was to transform the Islamic world into a Jewish fief.
My DIE was ordered to disseminate these documents within its targeted Islamic countries. During my later years in Romania, the DIE disseminated thousands of copies of “The Protocols” and similar “documents” each month.
The fruit of the KGB’s disinformation campaign was seen on Sept. 11, 2001. The weapon of choice for that horrific act was a hijacked airplane – a concept invented and perfected by Andropov’s disinformation machinery.
This gentleman’s point is that anti-Americanism in the Muslim world is just as much a creation of Soviet-era propaganda as antisemitism and anti-Zionism. To win the war on terror, we need to rid Muslims of their poisonous thoughts, secretly planted.
But the example of Israel is not promising. The seeds planted more than 40 years ago are still bearing fruit. References to the Protocols still teem in Muslim media, written and broadcast. And if the fictitious Palestinian people have one genuine credo, it us surely this: “Killing one Jew far from the field of battle is more effective than killing a hundred Jews on the field of battle, because it attracts more attention.”
Much of this is already known, but it is helpful to be reminded not only of the evil let loose in the world—but the imbecility of “European leftists and the Islamic world”. Unless they weren’t dupes, useful idiots. Andropov knew, in fact, that the seeds of Jew-hatred he was planting were going into fertile soil (Arab sands be damned). European leftists and the Islamic world had already proved their antisemitic bona fides for decades if not centuries.
PS: This would be a good time to remind everyone that the vile Andropov had at least one big fan.
Composed in 1983 by Victor Chebrikov, the top man at the KGB, the memorandum was addressed to Yuri Andropov, the top man in the entire USSR. The subject: Sen. Edward Kennedy.
Kennedy’s message was simple. He proposed an unabashed quid pro quo. Kennedy would lend Andropov a hand in dealing with President Reagan. In return, the Soviet leader would lend the Democratic Party a hand in challenging Reagan in the 1984 presidential election. “The only real potential threats to Reagan are problems of war and peace and Soviet-American relations,” the memorandum stated. “These issues, according to the senator, will without a doubt become the most important of the election campaign.”
Kennedy proved eager to deal with Andropov–the leader of the Soviet Union, a former director of the KGB and a principal mover in both the crushing of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and the suppression of the 1968 Prague Spring–at least in part to advance his own political prospects.
Correction on the imbecility of European leftists. All leftists.