Ferry Boender

Programmer, DevOpper, Open Source enthusiast.


Did you know? Secret anti-communism network in europe

Sunday, September 9th, 2007

Did you know that, after World War II came to an end, a secret organisation called “Gladio“, funded by the CIA and NATO, was brought to life in Europe in order to (amongst other things) neutralise communistic influences? The organisation spanned almost the whole of West-Europe, including countries such as Belgium, Germany, The Netherlands, France, the Scandinavian countries and more.

The organisation varied widely between countries and remained active (officially) until 1992 in at least the Netherlands. In some countries, the network deteriorated into terrorist organisations. Evidence has been found that in Italy, the organisation was involved in a bombing on the Italian Military Corps. In 1983 the Dutch government was forced to confirm that weapons found in a stash were related to NATO planning for unorthodox warfare. Earlier this year, investigators in the Netherlands found out that weapons had been illegally supplied to the Gladio network long after it had supposedly been dismantled in 1992. The same thing happened in Norway in 1979. Strong evidence was found in Germany that arms caches revealed by the person responsible for the 1980 Octoberfest bombing where related to the Gladio network.

More information on Wikipedia’s English Gladio article. A Dutch article (with more information on Dutch specifics of the network) is also available.

A secret organisation brought to life in order to influence politics in a massive amount of countries… and it goes rogue and commits random acts of terrorism.. Amazing! Who would’ve thought something like that might happen?!

It’s strange how today’s ‘freedom fighting’ groups supplied with arms by western countries always seem to wind up being tomorrow’s terrible terrorists. Maybe.. I dunno, but, you know, maybe we should stop funding these kind of things? Just maybe. Oh, and, also stop bringing secret organisations to life. They have a tendency to not work out very well, it appears.

Good news for the tin-foil hat wearers though: They can’t call you paranoid now anymore. Big bad evil secret organisations really are everywhere! And to top it off, they’re terrorists that are funded by your government, with your money, trying to stop you from exercising your right to democracy! Because, just in case nobody informed you yet: Democracy is great, unless you want to believe in something your government doesn’t approve of, such as communism.

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