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Why The US Endgame for Russia Means the Death of American Democracy

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The ABN gained a global reach by allowing any people oppressed by the Soviet Union to join, including ultra-nationalist groups from Siberia, China, Mongolia, Korea, and Manchuria.

Nationalism via anti-communism

In 1949, Secretary of State Dean Acheson requested the formation of a working committee representing leading political, social, economic, and religious figures that could then arrange contacts with the various exile organizations. This liaison group would enable the American government to provide assistance and to ensure that all activities would remain in line with U.S. foreign policy objectives. (Transnational Anti-Communism and the Cold War: Agents, Activities, and Networks, edited by Luc van Dongen, Stephanie Roulin, Giles Scott-Smith.)

This formation gave the ABN emigre groups stature in the government and access to leadership in every strata of our society.

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Prior to 1949, the Nazi emigre groups and the UCCA in particular were investigated for anti-American activity by the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) which was eventually chaired by Senator Joe McCarthy.

After President Truman's 1949 directive to designate them as anti-communists, they were dropped from the investigation list. When you consider that almost the entire Ukrainian emigre population (a few hundred thousand) that came in were Nazi SS, Bandera's OUN army and their leadership, in addition to the ultra-nationalist population that was already present in the US, the narrative starts to take off.

During the HUAC investigations in the early 1950's, ABN (UCCA) operatives that barely had time to change out of their SS uniforms were bringing accusations of communist subversion against US citizens whose reputations, careers, and lives were ruined because of it. What became known as the Red Scare to a large degree rested on the information provided by the former Nazis now known as anti-communist emigres. Most of the accusations made to the committee have been debunked as fabricated.

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Senator McCarthy gave the ABN a national platform, and anyone who went against it faced his wrath. The Captive Nations emigre population led by the Bandera UCCA became the storm troopers for the hard right, manning almost every demonstration during the 1950's and 60's, hurling accusations of pro-communism at every politician or person that stood against their agenda, from PTA meetings to national protests. They purged libraries of books they considered too liberal.

The OUN-ABN-UCCA Ukrainian emigres were not alone. Yaroslav Stetsko was a brilliant organizer. Early on he found out that by consolidating groups as he had done with the ABN, he could increase his political footprint a hundred fold. Many politicians wouldn't talk to a war criminal, so he stayed in the background while others promoted his strategies.

The political scientist and diplomat George Kennan, one of the key figures of the Cold War, described the Captive Nations ethnic groups as a long standing phenomenon in American political life. Small, compact ethnic voting groups in large cities put more pressure on certain politicians, and through them the entire US government, than an equivalent group of native citizens ever could.

Polish Ultra Nationalists

The Polish American Congress (PAC) was formed in New York in 1944, and because of their size and unity, became instrumental after joining Stetsko's ABN. From 1944, the PAC started influencing national elections to such a degree that Republicans and Democrats scrambled to get their support. From the 1940's until the present they have represented 5% of the voting population in the United States. Furthermore, their populations are located in states that are essential for winning a national election, including Illinois, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Michigan, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, New York, Ohio, Connecticut, and Maryland. In the 1950's, the over 200,000 polish emigres that came to the US under the Displaced Persons Act began to have an effect as the PAC started moving toward the right.

The Baltic Ultras: Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania

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The Baltic States emigre population played a significant role even without a large footprint. These governments-in-exile became the darlings of right wing congressman, who took up their causes. The larger Eastern European community across the US adopted the Baltics states' cause and helped promote it on Capitol Hill.

According to Multiple Fronts of the Cold War: Ethnic Anti-Communism of Latvian Émigres, , by Ieva Zake:

The Latvian engagement in American partisan politics became particularly relevant in the 1960s when a large number of Latvians obtained U.S. citizenship and realized that they now possessed valuable political power. The American parties, especially the Republicans, understood that too and reached out to the refugees by creating ethnic committees. A notable group of prominent Latvian emigres such as Voldemārs Korsts, Laimonis Streips, Ilgvars Spilners and 'riks Dundurs became seriously interested in changing the American political scene from within.

Zake noted that a sizable section of the Latvian community was made up of former German Waffen-SS, which participated in the wartime genocide. To defend them, Latvian nationalist journalist Ernests Blanks insisted they had fulfilled a historic mission by protecting Western Europe from the threat of communism:

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