Yet, of all the astonishing disinformation campaigns recently revealed by the highest-ranking Soviet bloc spy chief ever to defect to the U.S., perhaps none is more important than the shocking ways the communist intelligence machine virtually invented today’s Islamic terrorism epidemic. In fact, says Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa, former head of Romania’s foreign intelligence and top adviser to dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, inflaming Arab and Muslim anti-Semitism and promoting terrorism were high on the KGB’s to-do list for many years.
Pacepa, for decades a top-level insider in the Soviet bloc’s wide-ranging disinformation activities, is the co-author of “Disinformation: Former Spy Chief Reveals Secret Strategies for Undermining Freedom, Attacking Religion, and Promoting Terrorism,” published by WND Books. His co-author is historian and law professor Ronald Rychlak.
After a crisis of conscience, Pacepa defected to the United States in 1978 and became a critical asset to American intelligence services, being debriefed by the FBI and others for many years. When he was naturalized as an American citizen in 1988, the CIA, which credited Pacepa as the only person in the Western world to single-handedly demolish an entire enemy espionage service – the one he himself managed – officially commended him: "You have made an important and unique contribution to the United States of which you can be justly proud. Therefore, it gives me great pleasure, on this momentous and solemn occasion, to wish you happiness and fulfillment in this country as a U.S. citizen."
President Ronald Reagan reportedly referred to Pacepa's first book, "Red Horizons," as "my bible for dealing with dictators."
In “Disinformation,” the true malevolence and breathtaking scope of Soviet-bloc intelligence and disinformation operations is explored as never before – and far from academic “Cold War history,” the book’s revelations are likely to change the way Americans understand today’s world.
In an op-ed featured today on FoxNews.com, Pacepa summarizes some of the ways the KGB and related communist intelligence services secretly created and fueled modern Arab terrorism:
"In the late 1960s, KGB head Yuri Andropov, with whom I worked at one time, tasked the Soviet bloc's disinformation machinery with turning the rest of the world against the U.S. by reviving anti-Semitism. Andropov knew that the U.S. would stand with Israel and that he could convince the European leftists and the Islamic world that America was dominated by Jews.
"Andropov's disinformation came to light in 1969, when Palestinian terrorists – secretly trained at the KGB’s Balashikha special-operations school east of Moscow – hijacked an El Al plane and landed it in Algeria. There its 32 Jewish passengers were held hostage for five weeks, during which time Andropov's disinformation machinery portrayed Israel and the U.S. as the main dangers to world peace.
"This pattern continued for years, as Andropov expanded his efforts from hijacking Israeli planes into organizing public executions of 'Zionists.' Andropov's puppet, Dr. George Habash, Marxist leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, explained: 'Killing one Jew far from the field of battle is more effective than killing a hundred Jews on the field of battle, because it attracts more attention.'”
By 1972, writes Pacepa, who lives in the U.S. under a CIA-protective identity due to still-active assassination threats against his life, the KGB’s disinformation machine “was working around the clock to persuade the Islamic world that the U.S. intended to transform the rest of the world into a Zionist fiefdom.”
Andropov, he recalls, was utterly obsessed with convincing Muslims that the United States Congress was conspiring to have the Jews take over the world. “If we whipped up Muslim anti-Semitism,” Andropov would say, “then terrorism and violence against Israel and America would naturally follow.”
Revealing that the KGB and related Soviet bloc intelligence services sent some 4,000 “agents of influence” into the Arab-Muslim Middle East to advance this agenda, Pacepa says he was, unfortunately, involved in spreading the most notorious and enduring piece of anti-Semitic propaganda throughout the Middle East:
… The Romanian DIE (counterpart of KGB foreign intelligence), which I headed, in 1972 received from the KGB an Arabic translation of the old Russian forgery, “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.” We also received "documentary" material in Arabic produced by the Soviet disinformation "proving" America was a Zionist country whose aim was to transform the Islamic world into a Jewish fief. My DIE was ordered to disseminate these documents within its targeted Islamic countries. During my later years in Romania, the DIE disseminated thousands of copies of “The Protocols” and similar “documents” each month.
The ultimate result of this multi-faceted KGB-led disinformation campaign targeting the Arab-Muslim world, writes Pacepa in his FoxNews article, “was seen on Sept. 11, 2001. The weapon of choice for that horrific act was a hijacked airplane – a concept invented and perfected by Andropov's disinformation machinery.”
The book “Disinformation” – as well as the feature-length film documentary of the same name, released simultaneously by WND Films – go into much greater depth, exploring disinformation campaigns that turn most conventional geopolitical thinking on its head. For instance, with regard to terrorism, the book shows that Yasser Arafat, widely considered a bigger-than-life Palestinian leader, born in Jerusalem and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, was actually a creation of the KGB. Arafat was born in Egypt, not Jerusalem (the KGB destroyed his original birth documents and created new ones, reveals Pacepa) and was a committed Marxist who became the father of modern terrorism.
Incredibly, Arafat’s successor, Mahmoud Abbas, was educated in Moscow at a KGB-run school. Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini was also trained by Moscow. And even the top man in Al-Qaida, Ayman al-Zawahiri, was trained by the KGB, as revealed by KGB defector Alexander Litvinenko, who was assassinated by Polonium poisoning.
“Disinformation” is the first book ever written by a Soviet bloc spy chief whose introduction was written by a former U.S. spy chief – R. James Woolsey, former director of the CIA. Woolsey writes:
“Disinformation” will change the way you look at intelligence, foreign affairs, the press and much else besides. …
[Pacepa] and his distinguished co-author, law professor Ronald Rychlak, do something remarkable in this book. They not only help us understand history and many of the current disinformation operations that we continue to see – especially from Russia and countries in the Mideast – but also give us a good start in learning how to defeat them.
In short, they open a world that many of us didn’t know existed, and almost all of those of us who did know had seriously underestimated.