Top Level Soviet Defector in New Book: Anti-Israel Sentiment Is the Result of a KGB Plot

June 26, 2013 1:16 pm 7 comments

Former KGB Chief Yury Andropov. Photo: Wikipedia.

A new book written by the highest-ranking Soviet-bloc intelligence officer ever to defect to the West claims that a secret 1970s-era KGB plot is the cause for much of the Islamic anger directed towards Israel and the United States, the UK’s Daily Mail reports.

Romanian Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa writes that high ranking Soviet politician Yuri Andropov, through an initiative to seed the Muslim world with anti-American and anti-Israel sentiment, sent hundreds of agents and thousands of copies of propaganda literature to Muslim countries during the decade.

According to Pacepa: “By 1972, Andropov’s disinformation machinery was working around the clock to persuade the Islamic world that Israel and the United States intended to transform the rest of the world into a Zionist fiefdom.

“According to Andropov, the Islamic world was a petri dish in which the KGB community could nurture a virulent strain of America-hatred, grown from the bacterium of Marxist-Leninist thought.”

Pacepa headed Romania’s spy apparatus and secret police, the DIE, before he secured political asylum in the U.S. in 1978. The book, Disinformation, written with University of Mississippi law professor Ronald Rychlak, is the first time he has so thoroughly addressed the secrets he was privy to during his service.

Andropov’s program was in revenge for Israel’s humiliating defeat of Soviet allies Syria and Egypt in the 1967 Six-Day War, Pacepa explains. Part of the plan included disseminating the first Arabic translation of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, a Russian-forged 1905 propaganda book that alleged Jews controlled the world.

As part of his role in Romania, Pacepa writes that he was ordered to disseminate the document.

“During my later years in Romania,” he recalls, “every month the DIE disseminated thousands of copies throughout its Islamic sphere of influence. In the meetings I had with my counterparts in the Hungarian and Bulgarian services, with whom I enjoyed particularly close relations at that time, I learned that they were also sending such influence agents into their own Islamic spheres of influence.”

The KGB took “secret credit” for a host of terror attacks against Israeli targets in the 1970s, Pacepa claims, listing eleven such incidents, including the May 30, 1972 attack on Ben Gurion Airport, which left 22 dead and 76 wounded.

Pacepa and Rychlak conclude that much of the anti-American sentiment in the Middle East and elsewhere can be traced back to the Soviet program.

According to the authors, the Kennedy-era Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev’s disinformation campaigns “widened the gap between Christianity and Judaism,” and “Andropov’s disinformation turned the Islamic world against the United States and ignited the international terrorism that threatens us today.”


7 Comments

  • Otto Waldmann in Sydney

    Pacepa is providing information simply about some additional incentives to an Islamic culture based on visceral aversion to ANYTHING non-tribally akin. In the vastness of Islam one finds at every turn nothing but hatred at the micro-cellular level, all cultivated on a type of spiritual parasitism called self-righteousness.
    How can you deal with such people !!!

  • Thanks G0d that there are people who senses where the wind blows from and can learn a lesson from history. Now just add one thing to the equation: KGB never changed its goals and preferences and Obama is their great help in that… because he needs any kind of “war on call” to obtain more power from any type of crises and instability in this country… In this case people used to appeal to the government’s strong hand, that nobody would be able to control or restrict. Mine! It’s as familiar as chess game, just look who played the first violin in numerous terrorist attack in last few decades of history in Russia…

  • Luigi Rosolin

    What Russia did is evident in the support that they are given now to Syria that is helped by Islamic-Iran and the other who are interest in Israel destruction. Ideology and lies is not only used by Russia unfortunately. USA and western country that now are subjected to minority Muslim blackmail, are getting brain wash in that ideological battle e less supportive of Israel right to be recognize by the state that support Palestinian to became a state.

  • When looking for something that everyone an agree on, there’s always Jew-Hatred. You can meet the nicest people that way. United We Stand, y’ know?

    Make sure you contribute to the invective: it’s been goin’ on for centuries!!

    Join the party!!And jus’ fo good measure, let me reind you:

    Jesus Christ lived and died – a JEW. sorry folks…I didn’t mean to upset you so much.

  • To those who have followed Soviet/KGB actions, it’s old news. It’s nice to have additional confirmation though.

    I remember a former US diplomat of the Nixon era saying that the Soviets would reasonably talk about any subject but one. Israel! They went nuts when Israel came up.

    When it came to hating Israel (and Jews), the Soviets were not acting! I doubt Russia’s current behavour is a holdover of those times. Putin was, after all KGB.

  • Surely good old Russia would not do such a thing? No surely not.

  • KGB may have exploited Islamic Jew-hatred but Islamic Jew-hatred predates the KGB by about thirteen centuries.

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