US Driven By Nazi War Machine by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from PressTV
May 11, 2013

The annual VE Day – victory in Europe – celebrations held this month see, as usual, Western governments indulging in self-glory and moral superiority for their supposed defeat of German fascism. However, the official history books do not tell of the secret pact that Western governments and Washington in particular formed with the remnants of the Nazi war machine.

The absorption of Nazi military practice and intelligence into the CIA and other Western organizations at the end of the Second World War had fateful and far-reaching pernicious consequences – consequences that are becoming more and more manifest today, as US-led wars of aggression rage around the world.

If we want to understand why US-led wars of aggression, covert and overt, are plaguing the planet, from Iraq, Afghanistan, to Libya, Syria and Iran, we can gain much insight into today’s problems by going back to events at the end of the Second World War.

Within days of Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender to the Allies – 68 years ago this week – the Western powers of the United States and Britain were already drawing the battle lines for their next war – against the Soviet Union.

On 22 May 1945, the Third Reich’s chief of intelligence on the Eastern Front, Major General Reinhard Gehlen, surrendered himself to the American military near his Bavarian hideout. The Americans quickly realized the scoop. Gehlen had been Hitler’s “spy master” during Nazi Germany’s war on the Soviet Union, in charge of running agents, death squads and compiling data on Soviet and Red Army infrastructure.

Gehlen prepared well for his surrender to the Americans. He traded his copious intelligence assets for liberty, instead of being handed over as a wanted war criminal to the Soviets, as the Americans should have done as part of an agreement hammered out between the Allies at the Yalta conference weeks before the war’s end. The Soviets wanted Gehlen and his high-value files, and they knew that the Americans were breaking their word.

Hitler’s spy master was not only given his liberty. He was flown to Washington and was received with open arms by President Truman’s top intelligence brass. For the next year, Gehlen worked with American military intelligence to establish an anti-Soviet clandestine army that would operate throughout Eastern Europe, the Baltics and inside Russian territory. The Gehlen Organization, as it became known, was Washington’s “eyes and ears” on the Soviet Union.

One of Gehlen’s closest American associates at the time was Allen Dulles, who led the American Office of Strategic Services (OSS) in Europe during the war. Dulles shared Gehlen’s rabid anti-communist views. Justifying the American collaboration with this senior Third Reich officer, Dulles said: “He’s on our side, and that’s all that matters.” The OSS would soon evolve into the Central Intelligence Agency and Dulles became its director.

While the Nuremberg Trials were prosecuting a handful of high-profile Nazi leaders, such as Hermann Goring and Rudolf Hess, the glaring but lesser-known contradiction to the much-vaunted “de-Nazification” was that the US was recruiting thousands of Nazi scientists, industrialists, militarists and intelligence.

The Gehlen Org was a foundation stone of the CIA and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). A central part of the American deal with Reinhard Gehlen was that he not only supplied all his intelligence files on the Soviet Union, but he also rendered the services of his contacts and operatives among the Wehrmacht’s vast Eastern Front.

The Americans and British turned a blind eye as thousands of former Nazi personnel were quietly released from POW camps or brought in from hiding to join the ranks of the Gehlen Org. They included wanted war criminals and former members of the Gestapo, Waffen-SS and Einsatzgruppen – the mobile killing squads that had carried out mass exterminations in the Nazi onslaught against the Soviet Union during Operation Barbarossa (1941-44).

According to Christopher Simpson in his book, Blowback, notorious Nazi death squad figures, such as Klaus Barbie, Franz Six and Emil Augsberg were afforded “rat lines” to escape from justice and become re-employed to serve American and NATO military intelligence against the Soviet Union in what became the Cold War.

For years after the Second World War, the Gehlen Org’s remit was to run espionage, sabotage and assassination operations – state-sponsored terrorism – on behalf of the American CIA and NATO behind enemy lines in the Soviet territories, stretching from the Balkans to the Black Sea. Thousands of other Nazi war criminals were spirited out of Europe with American oversight to take up residence in South America.

Some of them would resurface as key players in American-backed fascist dictatorships in South and Central America during the 1950s, 60s and 70s.

One consequence of the US incorporating the Nazi war machine was the deep-chilling effect on Western-Soviet relations. The Soviet Union had borne the brunt of Nazi aggression during the Second World War, with as many as 50 million of its citizens killed. It is not hard to imagine how the redeployment by the US of Nazi spies, intelligence, commandos and Eastern European puppets must have appeared then to Moscow. It was an unspeakable betrayal and de facto declaration of war by its former war-time ally.

This Western betrayal set the scene for the Cold War that would haunt international relations for nearly six decades from the end of the Second World War. Gehlen would go on to become head of West German intelligence (BND) until his decorated retirement in 1968. He died in 1979 at the age of 77.

The reliance of the CIA, the Pentagon, White House and NATO on the Nazi war machine for its intelligence ensured that a deadly nuclear arms race took hold. The result was the growth of the gargantuan American military-industrial complex, which today not only threatens the rest of the world with hyper destructive power, but also the viability of American society from the exorbitant economic cost for maintaining this voracious complex.

Another result was that the rabid anti-communist ideology and military practices of the Nazi apparatus became embedded in American foreign policy and military doctrine.

It is ironic that every year the American and Western European governments commemorate VE Day – victory in Europe – when the army of the Third Reich surrendered on 8-9 May, 1945. Washington and its Western allies claim that they saved the world from fascism, and for decades Western governments have lived off that supposed glorious victory. The moral authority that these governments have derived seems wholly undeserved given the expedient alliance they forged out of the ashes of the war with the cutting edge of German fascism.

In reality, no sooner had the Nazi war machine capitulated, when it was promptly used as the foundation for American and Western military intelligence and counterinsurgency establishments.

When we survey the carnage of criminal wars of aggression by the US and its NATO allies since the official end of the Cold War, including the genocides in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and currently in Syria, not to mention large swathes of Asia and Africa, it is worth bearing in mind the moral corruption at the heart of these governments that can be traced back to end of the Second World War. Today, more than ever, America’s clandestine partnership with the Nazi war machine is increasingly made manifest.


Finian Cunningham, is a columnist at Press TV and a Featured Writer on Dandelion Salad. He can be reached at cunninghamfinian@gmail.com.

see

Establishing Dictatorships: Lessons from History by Steven Jonas

The Courage to Resist by Chris Hedges

British Defence Chief: NATO Absolves Germany Of Nazi Past by Rick Rozoff

Rational Fascism by Michael Parenti (1997)

20 thoughts on “US Driven By Nazi War Machine by Finian Cunningham

  1. As it is said, “a little bit of knowledge can be dangerous.”

    Yes post WWII history can prove much as to the evil intent of the elites. But of course the history prior to that war is perhaps even more telling, as it was Wall Street that financed both the Reds and the Nazis.

    The Left/Right paradigm is a contrived construct based in the Hegelian Dialectic.

    “The Master Race” dogma is derived from the British and Anglophile Amerikans Eugenics ideology going far back into “scientific” history.
    Eugenics continues today rebranded as Genetics, and the ideology of “Transhumanism” __ and it is all as insane as the Nazis, who were just a subsidiary of copycats.

    Come on you red-blooded Amerikans, y’all know “the only good Injun’s a dead Injun”…you know the concentration camps of WWII Germany were patterned on the ‘Reservations’ that the Native Americans were forced into in the “good old USA”…doncha???

    ~Willy Whitten

    • Yes yes…Gehlen Org, and the “werewolves” – Nazi Youth, and ‘stay-behinds’…but the brains were those who began NATO. It is all as international as the Central Bankers.

      As is said, “Money makes the world go ’round”…{grin}.

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  2. Reblogged this on The Blog of Charles Lamadrid and commented:
    It becomes painfully evident that we are the worst of the bad guys on the world stage. The U.S. has been at the heart of the world’s struggles since the end of World War II. Whether its Latin America, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, or wherever. We are, by far, the world’s biggest liability and may eventually be the key player in mankind’s ultimate extinction. While some of us have been truly deceived, for many, our arrogance and self-deceptions are of epic proportions. Our propensity for aggression and the ease with which we inflict pain on others, with little or no regard for the suffering of those we hurt, may be what eventually triggers our own demise. To live by the sword is to die by the sword, or so they say. What will happen to future generations when the empire finally collapses from the sheer weight of its own lust for domination and our enemies arrive from all directions with swords in hand and a lust to spill American blood in order to avenge their fallen dead? What will become of us? our thoughts here… (optional)

    • so if i read your post correctly, we are the bad guys and the Soviet is the “good guy”. i agree, in part, that keeping Nazi brass was a poor choice but the Soviet was very powerful and to compare a US president to Stalin, that man was just as evil as Hitler and without the “extra” help, maybe all Europe falls to the Soviets?? i think the comments that the cold war would have been avoided had we kept our promise to bring all the war criminals to justice is flawed. When Stalin chopped up Poland with Hitler, was he keeping his word, was that a good thing? Our war in Afghanistan is messed up, but so was the Soviets in the ’80’s. The idea that the American empire will fall is absurd

      don

      • But Don,

        You say:

        “The idea that the American empire will fall is absurd”

        It never was “the American empire”…the US is simply the garrison state for the Globalist project. Amerika has already fallen, long time ago, it has been a myth since the Federalist coup in Philly.

        A long story deeply buried…like a treasure on a island in the South Pacific. X marks the spot sport.

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        • The globalist project is not nearly as coherent as many would have us suppose, the entire thing has emerged from post-imperial, post WW2 circumstance, cold-war stalemate and innate money-grabbing (Asian) opportunism, hence its weakness; since it can be so many different things to its manifold and diverse constituents. Simplistic explanations from naive realism are inadequate.

          Keeping the “nuclear peace” has rendered the globe into what the US hegemonies of corporate industry now regard as a terrestrial killing field under full-spectrum control.

          They’re beginning to learn the hard way though, that it’s impossible to be everywhere all at once, even supposing you’re afflicted with the myopic lunacy that assumes you actually know where “everywhere” is…

          The great conceit and inherent flaw of institutional power, is the confirmation bias that leads to an over-estimation of your own intelligence.

        • Those who promote the ‘bungling view’ of history, who claim there is no ‘rhyme nor reason’ to it, that it is all ,“chance and fate – chaos and human folly” are in fact working very hard to hide something very simple and historically verifiable; human beings make plans and accomplish great works.

          The world of man is not a product of happenstance.

          This is not to say there are no fools of course. The people who buy the excuse of incompetence made by those running things, they are the fools and the dupes. And they are produced like widgets in the grand production of the Public Relations Regime.

          There are few great secrets – only truths ignored.

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        • I accept the premise that there are “grand designs” and always have been; my point is that their implementation is easier said than done. If the world were only a blank slate, any megalomaniac could dream up a chalk empire and imagine their scribbling to be fact.

          So long as there is resistance to vain-glorious “great works” that purport to liberate but in reality oppress, such disingenuous fait accompli delusions about real life and history fail to impress.

          To overcome any programme of non-representative governance, however persuasive its propaganda machinery, requires more than complaint, it must be replaced by a better more comprehensive dynamic that fits the ecological bill.

          A monopolar world revolving around the pseudo axis of American power is what we presently have, because of the monetary tyranny of monocultural trade and agricultural monopoly agreements that favour US power and US corporate interests. The result is a complete mess. perpetual chaos, corporate anarchy and war.

          Eventually, it will dawn on people with any capacity for self-determination, that we are better off without the present “United States” of affairs, than within it. We are very close to that tipping point right now. It is up to smart Americans to show the rest of the world that the present hegemony operates under false pretenses. Once America throws off the yoke of its corporate oppression, the rest of the world will rapidly find ways to accommodate better arrangements.

  3. It becomes painfully evident that we are the worst of the bad guys on the world scene. The U.S. has been at the heart of the world’s struggles since the end of World War II. Whether its Latin America, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, or wherever. We are, by far, the world’s biggest liability and may eventually be the key player in mankind’s ultimate extinction. While some of us have been truly deceived, for many, our arrogance and self-deceptions are of epic proportions. Our propensity for aggression and the ease with which we inflict pain on others, with little or no regard for the suffering of those we hurt, may be what eventually triggers our own demise. To live by the sword is to die by the sword, or so they say. What will happen to future generations when the empire finally collapses from the sheer weight of its own lust for domination and our enemies arrive from all directions with swords in hand and a lust to spill American blood in order to avenge their fallen dead? What will become of us?

  4. It’s sad and discouraging. How Americans have been lied to, and lied to, and lied to. It’s really hard to sort it all out as more and more information is being revealed. Are all our constructs erroneous?

    • Ariel, most of my constructs were, indeed, erroneous. On the bright side, I was watching a video of Noam Chomsky this morning, where he very clearly defended our level of free speech in American society. This seems to be one area where we excel. In other parts of the world, surprisingly, like Britain and France, free speech is not nearly as protected as it is here. I often find people I disagree with vehemently. But no matter how strongly I differ with someone or how insane I believe their viewpoint to be, I will aggressively defend their right to say what’s on their mind.

  5. I think you guys have to understand bit better the reality of the NSDAP which has nothing to do with with what the narrative portraits!!! What military practice? Please check Justice for Germans on FB to acquire a broader view with facts that you can put together and come to a sane logic perspective!!! Cheers

    • Alex V,

      [edited]

      Now, I know that you are referring to the injustice of the victors of WWII portraying only one side as led by homicidal maniacs – and the firebombing of Dresden should have put the lie to that perspective long ago.

      [edited]

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      • hybridrogue1, had to edit your comment as it’s not necessary to correct grammar or spelling or whatever to other commenters. Many readers have English as a second language.

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