Authors note: Democracy and fascism cannot occupy the same space. A country is either one or the other. People are either one or the other. The article is long because the documentation needs to reflect that gravity.
When we think of a coup or regime change there is usually a face or a group to peg it on. Ukraine was taken over by Ukrainian nationalists; we can see them. What I am going to describe is a faceless, nameless takeover that was based on ideology only. What if it didn't matter who the next leader was but the ideological foundation was forever changed?
the beginning of the Cold War, then president Truman partially
legitimized the OUN. Had Truman known the turn this would soon take,
would he have done it?
to Jonathan Levy (The Intermarium-Wilson, Madison, &
East Central European Federalism), a member of the
International Criminal Bar in the Hague who holds a Ph.D in political
Science and has taught terrorism and diplomatic thery at Norwich
In 1949, CIA Director, Admiral Roscoe Hillenkoetter in a letter to the Chairman of the Displaced Persons Committee made official a change in policy towards the OUN. He acknowledged that while the organization had collaborated with the Nazis during the Second World War, its members were to be considered solely as anti-Soviets able to "find common ground with new partners." The CIA Director did warn, however, that the Bandera faction was made up of extreme nationalists. This reclassification as anti-Soviet (better known as anti-communist) paved the way for a quiet nationalist invasion of the United States .
is a term I use loosely these days. In reality there were over 2,000
groups that worked under the auspices of Bandera's
ABN (Anti-Bolshevik Nations), and today in America 'Bandera'
is the UCCA (Ukrainian Congressional Committee of America) . Far
flung groups today in Afghanistan, Egypt, Libya, and the greater horn
of Africa have long been part of the greater ABN community. Many of
these groups, because they are so many and varied, don't even
recognize each other at first sight. The Muslim
Brotherhood is just one example.
Al Qaeda and the Taliban are two more. All of these were helped by
Yaroslav Stetsko's Bandera ABN through the UCCA in America. The
common bond appears when the religious veneer is stripped away. Take
away the Muslim part and you are left with an ultra nationalist
problem with the ABN, according to the CIC (Command Intelligence
Center, or Army Counter Intelligence), was that it was a tool of the
Bandera faction of OUN (Organization of UKrainian Nationalists). An
April 1946 extract by the CIC found OUN/B or "the Bandera gang"
to be nationalistic, anti-Soviet
and anti-American as
well as anti-Semitic and involved with criminal activity and
espionage. It was noted that many former SS men were members.(ibid)
this conclusion could be reached as part of American history, in
which an emigre group gradually assimilated into our democratic
society, that would be one thing. They never did. According
to their own documents: In
1980, the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America was
taken over by theOUN(B) and
thus ceased to represent the Ukrainian community as a whole. The
power and influence of the OUN factions have been declining steadily
due to assimilation pressures,
ideological incompatibility with the Western liberal-democratic
the increasing tendency of political groups in Ukraine to move away
from integral nationalism.
is clear that by 1980
the OUN-ABN-UCCA had set their sites on larger things than Ukraine.
They accomplished what General John Hackett, Commander of NATO's
Northern Army Group, and good
friend of Yaroslav Stetsko envisioned
in 1988 could be done to the Soviet Union, doing it to the USA
instead: infiltrate and conquer.
Containment vs Annihilation
After WWII, the US adopted a policy of containment vis a vis the socialist USSR, through diplomacy and the spread of democracy across the world. This meant gaining influence in the regions over which the Soviet Union had influence. Diplomacy was putting America's best foot forward across the world and in the Soviet Union too.
also meant respecting the territorial integrity of the USSR.
Ultimately it meant having enough faith in our form of democracy,
with its checks and balances, that the world would want it.
Domestically it meant that our government would have to trust the
American people with the republic.
to the influence of the emigre nationalists, that attitude was all
but over by 1952. The Republican Party Platform claimed to "mark
the end of the negative, futile, and immoral policy of 'containment'
which abandons countless human beings to a despotism and Godless
terrorism which in turn enables the rulers to forge the captives into
a weapon for our destruction."
1952, Stetsko's combined ABN emigre groups had such a large impact on
US politics that the freeing of the Eastern European countries became
part of the Republican Party Platform. From the 1950's onward, the
combined anti-communist emigre populations began to shape the
American political landscape. (See Anti-Communist
Minorities in the U.S.: Political Activism of Ethnic Refugees edited
by Ieva Zake.)
party platform became the policy and later on the doctrine of
annihilation of the Soviet Union, and now asserts itself as the
doctrine of the annihilation of the Russian Federation . The
actual wording today is that the very existence of Russia is proof
of its imperialist policy. Russia itself must be destroyed. It
was written by ABN leader Yaroslav Stetsko and became United States
this began the witch hunts of the Red Scare years: McCarthyism. The
US government didn't trust the American people with the republic so
they turned to a constituency they did trust: the anti-communist
emigre groups, the former nazi
ultra- nationalists .
This began directly after WW2. As early as 1948 and the beginning of
the Red Scare, US domestic and foreign policy started to favor forms
At home it started with McCarthyism.