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NATO's Secret Armies: Operation GLADIO and Terrorism in Western Europe (Contemporary Security Studies) Hardcover – July 12, 2005
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As Ganser writes, these networks "became activists in political causes as a rule and not as an exception." The US and British states used them "to manipulate and control the democracies of Western Europe from within, unknown to both European populations and parliaments. This strategy led to terror and fear, as well as to `humiliation and maltreatment of democratic institutions'." They created and manipulated a terrorist threat, developing a `strategy of tension' to strengthen Europe's ruling classes.
Ganser points out, "Sometimes these efforts involved violence, even terrorism, and sometimes the terrorists made use of the very equipment furnished to them for their Cold War function." He observes, "The secret armies ... were involved in a whole series of terrorist operations and human rights violations that they wrongly blamed on the Communists in order to discredit the left at the polls. The operations always aimed spreading maximum fear among the population and ranged from bomb massacres in trains and market squares (Italy), the use of systematic torture of opponents of the regime (Turkey), the support for right-wing coups d'etats (Greece and Turkey), to the smashing of opposition groups (Portugal and Spain).Read more ›
Basically, Gladio in Italy was only the most infamous example of an incredibly sinister, U.S./NATO-sponsored, extreme-right underground terrorist network active throughout Western Europe, largely consisting of unrepentant ex-Nazis & Nazi collaborators. As the years passed and the Soviets failed to provide the invasion that was the terrorists' raison d'etre, they got wrestless and started cooking up some "excitement" of their own. This real explanation behind Bologna and other incidents was thoroughly suppressed, especially in the U.S.
When you're done with this book, you will be well-informed concerning a chilling 20th century reality that most Americans have never heard of (that many don't care to hear of). Others of us would rather know, especially now. It seems REAL history doesn't match up too good with what they show us on thuh tee-vee. How odd!
This book also has some problems, thus the four stars. I believe Ganser wrote it in another language, and it was translated. Or Ganser wrote the English himself, just not very fluently. Either way, the prose is not engaging and is sometimes clumsy / unclear / grammatically bizarre.
Also, I bought this book at the[...] price because I wanted it very much, but I was appalled by this price for a paperback. Now I see it's "only"[...]. To me, this ridiculous price suggests suppression of an important-but-unwelcome topic, reminescent of the "privishing" Gerard Colby describes in Kristina Borjesson's 'Into the Buzzsaw.'
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This has been widely panned by historians around the world for being bad history. I should have listened, but I'm very interested in the subject. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Wisconsin Badger
Ganser has written an excellent overview of the so-called "stay behind" armies organized by the British and American secret services after WW 2 to resist an expected... Read morePublished 8 months ago by H. Campbell
“Peer Henrik Hansen, a scholar at Roskilde University, wrote two scathing criticisms of the book for the International Journal of Intelligence and... Read more
The left and the rest of the unhinged conspiracy minded ravel (including the far right wing nuts) must really love this book! Read morePublished on December 29, 2013 by Greenknight01
This book is now priced so unreasonably I cannot recommend it. Instead, search online for "NATO's Secret Armies" by Stephen Lendman, his very long article is both free and of very... Read morePublished on October 8, 2010 by Robert David STEELE Vivas
A seminal work in which Danielle Ganser provides us with the coordinates to help us put things like the so-called War On Terror into their proper contexts. Read morePublished on March 4, 2009 by SmokeNMirrors
On the factual basis of the book, there really was a covert program to establish stay behind armies of partisans in Europe following the Second World War. Read morePublished on July 9, 2008 by Mike
I got this book convinced to read about the Stay Behind story, but there is not much about history, but a lot of trashing of NATO, the StayBehind network, Western Europe.. Read morePublished on April 16, 2007 by Giuseppe Clemente