Archive for March, 2011


March 28, 2011

Once more we are reminded of the falsehood of the Swedish Socialist governments during the Cold War years. An alliance with NATO was set up in the Foreign Ministry in Stockholm. Direct lines existed to the capitals of the two Nordic NATO member countries Denmark and Norway.

A new book by Stockholm journalist Mikael Holmstrom (Den dolda alliansen; The Hidden Alliance, 650 pages, 2011) is based on over 100 interviews with officers and civilians who took part in the secret cooperation. In an interview the author says:

Sweden has consistently pursued a dual policy of saying one thing and done another.

In 1980 the Swedish Foreign Ministry established a direct network to NATO via Copenhagen and Oslo. The purpose was to exchange confidential information without having to go through embassies or other official channels.

Holmstrom in the book concludes that Swedish officers travelled in civilian clothes to NATO countries. Not even the supreme commander General Bengt Gustafsson was fully informed.

Left wing Socialist Prime Minister Olof Palme in the new book is identified as a central figure in cooperation with NATO countries at the same time as he was supporting communist North Vietnam during the Vietnam War.

Today, Sweden has close and extensive cooperation with NATO – everything completely transparent.

It is time to reveal all data on how Socialist governments lied to the Swedish people 1945 to 1991. While there was secret Swedish cooperation with the United States and other NATO countries the Swedish secret police on Socialist government orders blacklisted non-socialist anticommunists in Sweden for their pro-Western attitudes and writings.

Surveillance of anticommunists continued into the 1980s.

The dangerous Socialist double play opned the possibility for dangerous mistakes had a war started in Europe. The Soviet Union knew about the Swedish NATO contacts. This could have resulted in Soviet military attacks in the Baltic Sea area while NATO expectations could have been too rosy.

Everybody knew that Sweden was not non-aligned, except the Swedish voters. The present non-aligned policy which has resulted in huge reductions of defense budgets is untenable. Either Sweden has to strengthen its defense forces or join the common structures of NATO.

Sven Hugosson, who headed a secret Swedish combat air unit that trained with NATO, has in an interview revealed his activities. The politicians keep quiet. There is an evident problem with Swedish democracy. The citizens have a right to know what the policy of the country is. This was denied for many years during the Cold War.


March 22, 2011

Goran Elwin, who passed away in March 2011 at the age of 71, was an extreme leftist journalist that managed to rise high in the Swedish public service television, which during the 1970s had a number of Marxist-Leninist employees. The later president of public service SVT, Sam Nilson, is defending Elwin in an interview in newspaper Svenska Dagbladet (Stockholm) on March 22, 2011, portraying him as a key employee and “truth seeker”.

Elwin started working for public service Swedish Television in 1976 after having been a newspaper journalist. He was for a time program director of Swedish TV1.

In reality Elwin’s TV-programs were highly slanted. The Swedish Secret Police had agents placed in SVT and one of the suspects turned out to be Elwin, who was believed to have contacts with the German terrorist Baader-Meinhof gang. Left wing radical Elwin was also suspected of regularly providing the embassies of the Warsaw Pact countries in Stockholm with information about Swedish journalists, authors and cultural personalities and their working habits and contacts.


March 14, 2011

The ongoing revolts in North Africa make the Mideast an even more important focus of world interest. The 2009 atlas An Atlas of Middle Eastern Affairs by Ewan W. Anderson and Liam D. Anderson (Routledge, paperback, 278 pages) is an excellent handbook in geopolitics of a crucial area of the world. Ewan Anderson is an Emeritus Professor of Geopolitics of the University of Durham and a leading expert in the field of Mideast studies.

Maps are combined with their geopolitical background and provide a clear picture of recent flashpoints of geostrategic interest. Features include:

• clearly and thematically organized sections covering the continuing importance of the Middle East, the background, fundamental concerns, the states and the crucial issues related to the area
• original maps integrated into the text, placing international issues and conflicts in their geographical contexts
• case studies and detailed analysis of each country, complete with relevant statistics and key facts
• coverage of fundamental considerations such as:
• water shortage
• the petroleum industry
• conflicts and boundary issues


March 7, 2011

NZZ daily in Switzerland on March 3, 2011, pointed out the the importance of Soviet influence when tyrannies were created in the Arban world after Stalin’s death in 1953.

Aber neben dem gegenwaertigen geopolitischen gibt es auch einen historischen Faktor in den Beziehungen des Kremls zu den Potentaten Arabiens und des Maghrebs: Mitte der fuenfziger Jahre, nach dem Tod Stalins und der Verlagerung des Kalten Kriegs in die Dritte Welt, suchte die damalige Sowjetunion weltweit potenzielle Verbuendete. Das gemeinsame Feindbild des Westens und der Glaube an die Notwendigkeit forcierter Modernisierung einten Kreml-Strategen und nationalistische Fuehrer im postkolonialen arabisch-muslimischen Raum. Resolute Reformer von Algier bis Bagdad liessen sich von sowjetischen Methoden inspirieren.
Wie auch die westlichen Staaten nahmen die Sowjets es mit den innenpolitischen Gepflogenheiten ihrer neu gewonnenen Freunde nicht zu genau:

Waehrend der ägyptische Praesident Gamal Nasser Kommunisten in Gefaengnissen und Folterkammern verschwinden liess, unterstuetzte ihn die UdSSR nach Kraeften beim Bau des Assuan-Staudamms und lieferte Militaergeraet en gros zu Freundschaftspreisen. Mehrere tausend sowjetische Berater kamen ins Land und nahmen Einfluss auf Militaer und Politik. Die Sympathien Nassers fuers Sowjetreich sind bis heute auch an einer architektonischen Hinterlassenschaft zu sehen: Der in den fuenfziger Jahren neugestaltete Tahrir-Platz, Schauplatz der grossen Demonstrationen der vergangenen Wochen, war deutlich inspiriert von der sowjetischen Brachialmoderne.

Der nun gestuerzte Praesident Hosni Mubarak bekam eine jahrelange Ausbildung in der UdSSR….Mubaraks Geheimdienstchef und voruebergehender Vizepraesident Omar Suleiman hat ebenfalls ein sowjetisches Diplom in der Tasche. Aus Syrien kam ein junger Offizier und Mitglied der Baath-Partei 1957 für mehrere Jahre nach Moskau: Hafez al-Asad wurde nach seiner Rueckkehr Praesident seines Landes und uebergab spaeter in bester Despotenmanier das Amt an seinen heute regierenden Sohn Bashar al-Asad.

The Soviet Leninist model in the Arab world

Ueber den Einfluss der Sowjets hallt in den autokratischen Strukturen vieler muslimischer Laender bis heute ein folgenreiches russisches Vorbild nach: der leninistische Einparteienstaat.


March 6, 2011

The London School of Economics is under heavy criticism for refusing to return a £1.5m donation to Libya for fear of causing “personal embarrassment” to Col Gaddafi’s son.

Leaked documents show that the university’s ruling council was warned against accepting the donation from a charity run by Saif-al-Islam Gaddafi. With the Lockerbie bombing in fresh memory it is a scandal to accept Libyan regime money in UK. The question is how many more left-leaning European academic institutions have taken money from Arab dictatorial regimes.

Robert Halfon, the Conservative MP for Harlow who is demanding a government inquiry into the donations, told the British newspaper Telegraph:

The only way the LSE can restore its name is for the entire council to resign.

It is said that the university wasn’t just accepting money from Libya, it was holding lectures saying how wonderful Col Gaddafi was.

The Gaddafi International Charity and Development Foundation made a £1.5m donation to the LSE in 2009, although only £300,000 reached the university.

The Telegraph recently wrote:

Saif Gaddafi, the charity’s chairman, last week gave a rambling interview in which he promised “rivers of blood” and “thousands of deaths” as he and his father clung to power.


March 2, 2011

The incoming Libyan government should be responsible for judging Gadhafi’s atrocities: the terrorist bomb that destroyed Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988 and his ongoing massacres.

Libyans have the right to punish their former dictator for his crimes. There might be foreign observers but the judges should be Libyan. A trial in Tripoli would be an exercise in democracy.

If the tyrant and his key aides survive the current violence, they could be jailed and stand trial later.