Operation Gladio

I enjoy doing my research…..yes it is time consuming and pretty dry but it does help me get a good look at the subjects I encounter.

A friend ask me if I could give a talk to his class, history class, on the Cold War, especially the early Cold War just after WW2….of course I could not say no….basically because he is a friend and I owe him.

Anyway I was trying to find the direction I was going to talk on and decided the spies and counter spy stuff from the time.

Most history buffs know the time in question was a time when Communist parties were making in-roads into the different governing bodies of Europe.  Other than the silly movies of the time how did the Western countries handle this rise in Communism?

NATO, which was formed just after WW2 came up with a covert answer, Operation Gladio………

Operation Gladio is undisputed historical fact. Gladio was part of a post-World War II program set up by the CIA and NATO supposedly to thwart future Soviet/communist invasions or influence in Italy and Western Europe. In fact, it became a state-sponsored right-wing terrorist network, involved in false flag operations and the subversion of democracy.

The existence of Gladio was confirmed and admitted by the Italian government in 1990, after a judge, Felice Casson, discovered the network in the course of his investigations into right-wing terrorism. Italian prime minister Giulio Andreotti admitted Gladio’s existence but tried to minimize its significance.

The main function of the Gladio-style groups, in the absence of Soviet invasion, seems to have been to discredit left-wing groups and politicians through the use of “the strategy of tension,” including false-flag terrorism. The strategy of tension is a concept for control and manipulation of public opinion through the use of fear, propaganda, agents provacateurs, terrorism, etc. The aim was to instill fear into the populace while framing communist and left-wing political opponents for terrorist atrocities.

Source: TruthMove – Operation Gladio

Gladio is also suspected in the death of Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro who tried to form a government that included the Italian Communist Party….he was kidnapped and later killed by the “Red Brigade”….so the tale is told…..but some thought it was all Gladio…..

This is a lengthy documentary on the group that is worth watching……

The talk was a success but I think it was the intrigue that made it so for the students…..

Class Dismissed!


2 thoughts on “Operation Gladio

  1. I remember that BBC documentary. By coincidence, I am currently wearing a ‘Brigate Rosse’ T-shirt! Those were heady days; with the Red Brigades, The Red Army Faction in Germany (Baader-Meinhof), the Anarchist Angry Brigade in the UK, and Sendero Luminoso in Peru. Then there was Action Direct in France, the Basque Separatists, ETA, in Spain, and the MPLA in Angola. Lots of rebellion, lots of causes…All gone now.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. I remember those days as well…..all the “fun” is gone out of opposition….we need these days to return….made politics a lot more interesting….chuq

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