8 Press for Conversion!
Originally published by Asia Times, Issue # 51 May 2003
Islamist-fascist collaboration did not cease with war’s end. King Farouk brought large numbers of German military and intelligence personnel as well as ranking ex-Nazis into Egypt as advisors. It was a bad move. Several of the Germans, recognizing Farouk’s political weakness, soon began conspiring with Nasser and his “Free Officers,” who, in turn, were working closely with the Muslim Brotherhood, to overthrow the king.
On July 23, 1952, the deed was done and Newsweek marvelled that,
And yet another player fond of playing all sides against the middle had entered the game prior to Farouk’s ouster. In 1951, the CIA’s Kermit Roosevelt (grandson of President Teddy Roosevelt, who helped organize the overthrow of elected Iranian leader Mohammed Mossadegh and install Shah Reza Pahlavi in 1953) opened secret negotiations with Nasser. Agreement was soon reached that after the coup, the U.S. would assist in building up Egypt’s intelligence and security forces – by reinforcing Nasser’s existing Germans with additional, “more capable,” ones.
For that, CIA director Allen Dulles turned to Reinhard Gehlen, the former head of Nazi military intelligence for the eastern front. [Editor’s note: Just before the end of WWII, Gehlen turned himself over to the U.S. military. Dulles and the U.S. Office of Strategic Services (OSS), reunited Gehlen with his Nazi associates to establish “the Gehlen Organization” which then functioned within the OSS and later the CIA.] By the early 1950s, Gehlen was in charge of developing the new German intelligence service.
To build Egypt’s spy and security forces, Gehlen hired the best man he knew for the job – former SS colonel Otto Skorzeny. At the end of the war, Skorzeny organized the infamous ODESSA network to facilitate the escape of high-ranking Nazis to Latin America (mainly Peron’s Argentina) and Egypt.
With Skorzeny now on the job of assisting Nasser, Egypt became a safe haven for Nazi war criminals. The CIA officer in charge of the Egypt assistance program was Miles Copeland, soon a Nasser intimate. ...
Source: Excerpt, “Islamism, fascism and terrorism (Part 3),” Asia Times
Online, November 5, 2002. <www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/