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Berlin’s New Anti-American Axis -- Lead by East German Joschka Fischer ... [Must Read This! ]
National Review ^ | 2/14/2003 | Ion Mihai Pacepa

Posted on 02/15/2003 12:48:44 AM PST by ex-Texan

Berlin’s New Anti-American Axis -- Lead by East German Joschka Fischer

Fischerism spreads.

By Ion Mihai Pacepa

In February 10, 2003, the government of Germany began building a new, anti-American Berlin-Moscow-Paris Axis. As one of the former Soviet bloc experts on German matters (and chief of a bloc intelligence station in West Germany), I had been waiting for something like that to happen ever since October 1998, when Joschka Fischer became Germany's foreign minister.

Fischer is an indirect product of the old anti-American intelligence community to which I once belonged. In 1975 Libya's dictator, Colonel Muammar Qaddafi, informed Romania's tyrant, Nicolae Ceausescu — through me — that he was preparing a terrorist attack against the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), and asked my boss to provide him with blueprints of OPEC's temporary headquarters in Vienna. Ceausescu agreed, and the Romanian espionage service (the DIE) complied. The December 1975 takeover of OPEC's headquarters in Vienna resulted in the seizure of 60 OPEC officials and staff members as hostages. The kidnapping was organized by Qaddafi and the infamous Ilich Ramírez Sánchez — "Carlos" or "the Jackal."

Twenty-two years later, Carlos was arrested in Khartoum, Sudan, by the French counterintelligence service (DST), with whose director, Yves Bonnet, I had earlier cooperated after leaving Romania. Carlos was immediately taken to Paris, where he was charged with killing two French police officers in 1979; he was sentenced to life in prison. During interrogation, Carlos asserted that his deputy for the OPEC operation had been German terrorist Hans Joachim Klein, codenamed "Angie," who had killed an OPEC security man and an Austrian policeman during that attack. Carlos also testified that the weapons used for the OPEC operation had been kept in an apartment in Frankfurt/Main, where Klein was then living with two other "red revolutionaries" of those days, Daniel Cohn-Bendit and Joschka Fischer.

In 2000, Klein, who was a fugitive, was also arrested by the French DST. He was deported to Germany, where he was charged with abetting Carlos's OPEC terrorist operation, and he cooperated with the prosecution. According to Klein, on December 17, 1975 — four days before the attack — the terrorists led by Carlos had met with officials of the Libyan embassy in Vienna, who provided the blueprints of the building and the security details, which had been passed to them by my DIE. (The DIE had an agent in Vienna who had access to this information.) "The fact that the necessary information about the [OPEC] conference building came from Libya convinced me that the action could be carried out," Klein testified during his trial. Klein was sentenced to only nine years in prison, since he had aided investigators.

Joschka Fischer, who testified as a character witness at Klein's trial in 2001, refuted as "grotesque" the allegation that the arms used in the OPEC attack had been kept in the apartment he shared with Hans Joachim Klein and Daniel Cohn-Bendit (currently a member of the European Parliament). I have reason to question Fischer's statement. In a January 1976 thank-you message to Ceausescu — also sent through me — Qaddafi had emphasized that Carlos's OPEC operation would not have been possible without the help of the DIE (which had provided the blueprints of OPEC headquarters) and a "West German revolutionary group in Frankfurt/Main" (which had provided Carlos with both manpower and arms). (In giving me the message, Qaddafi, who knew I had at one time been stationed in Frankfurt/Main as chief of the DIE's West German station, specifically called my attention to the mention of "your" Frankfurt.)

After Carlos was arrested by the DST, German journalist Bettina Roehl (daughter of the late Ulrike Meinhof, co-leader of the terrorist Baader-Meinhof organization) revealed that Fischer did indeed belong to a Frankfurt/Main terrorist group during the 1970s. She also provided pictures showing a helmeted Fischer beating a German police officer during an April 7, 1973, violent demonstration in Frankfurt/Main. The pictures show Fischer fighting side by side with Klein, Carlos's deputy in the 1975 attack on the OPEC headquarters in Vienna. In 2002, after these photographs had been authenticated by the German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Fischer publicly apologized to the beaten police officer. Bettina Roehl also disclosed that Fischer had been the main advocate of using petrol bombs in a 1976 demonstration in which a policeman almost died of terrible burns. This information was also vehemently denied by the German foreign minister.

Veteran German terrorist Margrit Schiller asserted in her book Es war ein harter Kampf um meine Erinnerung that in the 1970s, Fischer had been in contact with illegal members of the Red Army Faction (RAF) in Frankfurt/Main (a terrorist organization my DIE station was at the time supporting with information and money), and that he had thrown stones at representatives of West Germany's pro-American government. Once again, Fisher has denied both accusations. But Schiller, who in the 1970s belonged to the RAF, remembers staying in 1973 at the Frankfurt apartment of "Herr Fischer and Daniel Cohn-Bendit," having breakfast with Fischer, and going on a pub crawl with him. In October 2002, Fischer was asked by a German prosecutor about this statement — but he dodged the question, replying simply that his flat had not been a hostel for terrorists.

A 1997 semi-official biography of Joschka Fischer, by Sibylle Krause-Burger, indirectly confirms that Fischer was also involved in hurling stones at West German authorities. These were not spontaneous demonstrations — they were all financed by the Soviet bloc foreign-intelligence community, including my own DIE when I was at its helm. Krause-Burger's book describes how, in a public debate held in 1974 with the Young Socialist functionary Kartsen Voight, Fischer defended throwing stones at the "representatives of the system" as being a legitimate defense against the tyranny of the (West German) government. It is significant that Voight is now responsible for relations with the U.S. in Fischer's ministry of foreign affairs.

It may never be possible to prove "beyond the shadow of a doubt" Joschka Fischer's connection with the Soviet KGB, but I do know that the KGB — and my DIE — was financing West Germany's anti-American terrorist movements in the 1970s, while I was still in Romania. Fischer's evidently ingrained anti-Americanism is now spreading throughout the German government, and beyond. This is a monumental display of ingratitude to the 405,399 American soldiers who gave their lives to defeat Berlin's old Axis, as well as to the millions of American taxpayers who spent trillions of dollars to rebuild Germany's war-torn economy and to protect West Germany from falling into Communist clutches.

— General Ion Mihai Pacepa is the highest-ranking intelligence officer ever to have defected from the former Soviet bloc. He is currently finishing a new book, Red Roots: The Origins of Today's Anti-Americanism.

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: corruptgermany; germanyisevil; joschkafischer
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This is just too incredible. It is shocking. Germany has been taken over by corrupt idiots like Herr Schroeder and former 'red revolutionaries' like Joschka Fischer.

France is Germany and Germany is France.

1 posted on 02/15/2003 12:48:44 AM PST by ex-Texan
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To: ex-Texan
France, Germany, Belgium, and Austria--I see the old gang is getting back together.
2 posted on 02/15/2003 12:55:59 AM PST by xm177e2 (smile) :-)
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To: ex-Texan
This man, Fischer, should never have been given a visa to step on US soil for one minute. I don't know what I'm more angry about, Germany and France, or our administration's weak handling of them.
3 posted on 02/15/2003 1:03:03 AM PST by Citizen of the Savage Nation
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To: ex-Texan
When Germany reunified they took a serpent into their bosom.
4 posted on 02/15/2003 1:16:55 AM PST by patriciaruth
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To: patriciaruth
Now I know why the Wall did in fact come down: The Soviets were planting a mole in Germany to take NATO down. Putin's KGB past isn't in the past - it's in the present. Russia and China are driving all that has happened since September 10, 2001 (and definitely 9/11).
5 posted on 02/15/2003 1:19:28 AM PST by 11B3 (Liberalism is merely another form of mental retardation.)
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To: Citizen of the Savage Nation
bump for follow-up. 
Socialism Sux
Socialism Sux

6 posted on 02/15/2003 1:30:17 AM PST by higgmeister
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To: 11B3
Was Gorbachov an American mole?

Was Clinton a Russian mole?

Was Gore a Chinese mole?

Is Bush a Heavenly mole?

7 posted on 02/15/2003 1:32:25 AM PST by patriciaruth
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To: 11B3
Actually to give you a more obviously intelligent reply, let me say that I believe Russia's position is driven purely by their terrible economic mess and the financial realities of siding with the U.S. being a minus for them in the short run, which is the only run that matters to most politicians when your voters are in dire economic straights. This decision is not that hard as they have been long allies with Iraq and until recently were enemies with U.S. This is hard decision for Putin, as he wants to throw Russia's fate in with the West, but he is deciding "It's the economy, stupid." for the short run.

China may be an unseen hand in 9-11, one of several, including Saddam, that supported very covertly al Qaeda's terrorist attacks. And they have all the obvious motives.

The question remains if Jacques Chirac, lusting for EU primacy, may have given the nod to more than he realized and is now trying to cover his tracks.

8 posted on 02/15/2003 1:45:14 AM PST by patriciaruth
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To: ex-Texan
The article mentions Ilich Ramírez Sánchez — "Carlos" or "the Jackal". There may be an interesting link between Carlos the Jackal and the precursors of today's Palestinian terrorists. To quote:

While studying at Lumumba, Ilich formed an alliance with several Palestinian students and listened attentively as they related stories of their homeland's struggle against its archenemy Israel. They spoke in glowing terms of a rebel leader who had organized a terrorist campaign to liberate Palestine. The man's name was Wadi Haddad. In partnership with George Habash, a fellow student at the American University in Beirut, Haddad had been instrumental in founding the Arab Nationalist Movement in the early 1950's. The members of the movement dedicated themselves to a campaign to take Palestine back from the Israelis. Source

Connecting the dots here could be very interesting (Fischer, France, Germany, nazis, communists, terrorists, etc.)
9 posted on 02/15/2003 1:46:08 AM PST by pt17
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To: patriciaruth
I hope your analysis is correct and not mine. I'd prepare for mine to be right, though, were I a defense planner.
10 posted on 02/15/2003 1:47:57 AM PST by 11B3 (Liberalism is merely another form of mental retardation.)
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To: 11B3; EggsAckley
There you have it in a nut shell. 'Glasnost' never was on the level. We were too easily deceived from the start. Of course, you better be careful what you say. People might begin throwing 'Tinfoil' allegations at you.

Frankly, I have read that China has smuggled thousands of covert agents into the country. Places like 'Chinatown' in San Francisco are humming with pro-PRC factions and anti-PRC factions. But their society is Chinese, and utterly inscruitable and totally corrupt.

Russians, Iraqis, aQ operatives, Germans, North Koreans, Chinese and Islamic militants just stroll into our country at will. The INS is useless and obsolete.

Mexico is filled with Islamics, Chinese and Russians. Some say they are openly training in isolated sections of the country. The Zapatistas are dealing drugs and running Chinese guns down to Mexico with help from the Mexican Mafia. The Chinese are shipping guns in through Long Beach and no one even peeks at their cargo; they have already taken over the Panama Canal.

I could go on and on ... But what do I know? I don't know 'nuthin' from nuthin.' ... I'm just a guy looking to get by day by day as best I can and savor my retirement. GWB is running the country and 'all is well.' It is in his hands now.

This time next year I may be down in Costa Rica living on the beach. Will start reviewing my German, Italian and Spanish pretty soon ... even a retired Anglo can have some fun down in sunny C.R.

11 posted on 02/15/2003 1:48:19 AM PST by ex-Texan (primates capitulards toujours en quete de fromage!)
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To: 11B3
Will Iraq be Chirac's Watergate burglary?
12 posted on 02/15/2003 1:49:17 AM PST by patriciaruth
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To: patriciaruth
Was Gorbachov an American mole? No, he was the initial deception to lull us to sleep thinking everything was going to be OK. Note that he is the first president of the Soviet Union to leave that job alive. That's because they still needed him to perform other functions for the Soviets. The Gorbachev Foundation that is working to implement a one world government in preparation for a Soviet style takeover. The DemonRats are also involved with that movement.

Was Clinton a Russian mole? No, he was China's boy. China is Russia's proxy, and then down the line from them we have the Islamists. This is just round one of the playoffs.

Was Gore a Chinese mole? Same as above.

Is Bush a Heavenly mole? Yes. If he didn't have to concern himself with election politics, things would be different. Watch the second term.

13 posted on 02/15/2003 1:55:33 AM PST by 11B3 (Liberalism is merely another form of mental retardation.)
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To: ex-Texan
I used to be one of the believers in Russia's conversion to the west. Now I am convinced otherwise. When it comes to our nation being prepared for any strategic eventuality, being called a tinfoiler doesn't bother me. Better safe than sorry in my eyes.

Yes, our border situation is reprehensible.

Should you decide to head down south, be careful. Especially if you are a gringo with money in their estimation. What are the rules about firearms ownership down there?
14 posted on 02/15/2003 2:03:36 AM PST by 11B3 (Liberalism is merely another form of mental retardation.)
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To: 11B3
Gorbechov left defunct Soviet Union alive because we bailed him out when hard-liners isolated and kidnapped him and tried to pull a coup to get back in power and resuscitate the late Soviet Union. I doubt the fall of the Soviet Union was all a ploy to give Gorbichov credentials to become a Soviet spy/mole.

Gorbachev was raised under communism, but had no shining vision of it like the older revolutionary founders and WWII vets had. He is a liberal socialist, so he throws in with the lefties in the West; but he was the first Soviet leader who was not of the old guard.

What happened in Russia is now what may be happening in Iran. The kids just aren't as dedicated to the cause as the old liners were.

Ditto we have the same problem here.

15 posted on 02/15/2003 2:07:29 AM PST by patriciaruth
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To: 11B3
Actually, I have had people who are very close to me scoping out C.R. for quite a while. Good points are the country is a true democracy, with 99% of the people voting.
Then the whole country throws a big party ... They are good medical care and good hospitals and it is all provided by the government. As a Norte Americano will have to limit my says to 90 days as a time. They have a huge Anglo community, with Americans, Germans and Italians in large numbers. Bad points are -- do not know how long the cheerful aspects might last. But real estate is very cheap.
Guns are guns are guns, everywhere there are guns.
16 posted on 02/15/2003 2:16:44 AM PST by ex-Texan (primates capitulards toujours en quete de fromage!)
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To: pt17
Note to Self (from same source) - Follow up on:

Carlos may have lived out his days in virtual obscurity had it not been for two important events in history. The first was the collapse of the Berlin wall in November 1989, which saw the dissolution of the system that had protected Carlos and his cadre from scrutiny. The second and most important event occurred in August 1990 when Saddam Hussein ordered his army to occupy neighbouring Kuwait. In the aftermath of the invasion, Western intelligence agencies received information that Hussein was mounting a terror campaign, principally against the United States, and had brought Carlos out of retirement to lead it.
17 posted on 02/15/2003 2:16:50 AM PST by pt17
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To: ex-Texan
Pacepa is an interesting character. His "Red Horizons", published in 1987 provided interesting snippets on the Soviet involvement in drug trafficking. Although he had been interrogated for years no one in the CIA thought to follow up on what he knew, which was plenty, because at the time Agency orders were to stay as clear of drugs and drug trafficking as possible (for fear agents might become contaminated by easy money, more than anything else).
19 posted on 02/15/2003 3:41:26 AM PST by gaspar
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To: MadIvan
Ivan fyi
20 posted on 02/15/2003 5:47:53 AM PST by Grampa Dave (Stamp out Freepathons! Stop being a Freep Loader! Become a monthly donor!)
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