Glorification of Nazism and the US marines who only ‘advise’

Members of Charlie Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion in Camp Pendleton, Afghanistan, in front of a flag with a logo of the Nazi SS. Photograph: AP

Only in Europe? The USA, Canada and Ukraine were the sole countries in the world that voted in November against the United Nations anti-Nazi resolution condemning the glorification of National Socialism and Nazi collaboration. Both the USA and Canada are the only two countries to send armed forces to assist the Kiev regime, including hundreds of “military advisers” to a Ukrainian army that now officially incorporates Neo-Nazi armed battalions.

Both Washington and Ottawa have received their fascist representatives at the highest level (see photo, below).


In fact, on April 5, 2015, Kiev appointed Dmytro Yarosh, head of the neo-Nazi Right sector (Pravy/Pravyi Sektor) and who sees himself as the inheritor of the tradition of Nazi-collaborator Stepan Bandera and his OUN-UPA organizations, as an advisor to the Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. This force is now to all intents and purposes under U.S. command through the U.S.-Ukrainian Military Commission, of which the only other member is Canada. The only two countries where the neo-Nazi “Right Sector” has official representation, apart from Ukraine, are the USA and Canada.

Battalion of Ukrainian Nationalists

Battalion of Ukrainian Nationalists

The UN resolution expressed its “deep concern about the glorification, in any form, of the Nazi movement, neo-Nazism, and former members of the Waffen SS organization.” As examples the document named erecting monuments and memorials and holding public demonstrations in the name of the glorification of the Nazi past but also by “attempting to declare such members and those who fought against the anti-Hitler coalition and collaborated with the Nazi movement participants in national liberation movements.” The resolution explicitly “emphasizes that any commemorative celebration of the Nazi regime, its allies and related organizations, whether official or unofficial” should be prohibited by UN member states. The resolution especially expresses its condemnation “of any denial or attempt to deny the Holocaust.” [1]

SS insignia (sig runes)

SS insignia (sig runes)

Are you at all familiar with the Schutzstaffel (SS), a major paramilitary organization under Hitler and the Nazi Party, or any of the insignia and iconography associated with it? According to the Nuremberg trials, as well as many war crimes investigations and trials conducted since then, the SS was responsible for the majority of Nazi war crimes. In particular, it was the primary organisation which carried out the Holocaust.

The Waffen-SS maintained several “Foreign Legions” of personnel from conquered territories and countries allied to Germany. Units were formed from foreign volunteers and conscripts. These included Ukrainian, Georgian, Tatar, Albanians from Kosovo, Serbian, Croatian, Turkic, Caucasian, and Cossack legions. Die 14. Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS (1. Galizische), or Waffen-SS Galizien was an anti-semitic, anti-Polish, anti-Communist unit that pledged an oath of allegiance to Adolf Hitler and fought for a German victory in the war.

The Judgement of the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg in 1946 held that the Waffen SS was a criminal organisation involved in the “the persecution and extermination of Jews, brutalities, and killings in concentration camps, excesses in the administration of occupied territories, administration of the slave labour programme and the mistreatment and murder of prisoners of war” as well as other crimes. SS-OberführerFritz Freitag, the Ukrainian unit’s commander, was directly involved in the mass murder of Jews in 1941 (Anders Rudling,‘“They Defended Ukraine”).

After World War II, a large number of Hitlerites were actually given refuge in the United States and various countries in the U.S. sphere of influence. In 1950 Canada opened its borders to veterans of the 14th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS (1st Ukrainian), despite strong opposition from the Jewish community (Abella and TroperNone is Too Many). To date they have glorified collaboration with Nazism (see photo of monument, below) as mythological proof of their “nationalism.” For decades, the Ukrainian Canadian Congress and the Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Association have celebrated the the Waffen-SS Division consisting of Ukrainians under Heinrich Himmler’s command and heroized the fascist collaborators, the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) and the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (known by its Ukrainian acronym UPA)This is further proof of the evil intent of these forces.

US Marines in Afghanistan who sport the Nazi SS flag

On May 5, 1985 US president Ronald Reagan laid a wreath at the Kolmeshöhe Cemetery in Bitburg, Germany, which contained the graves of Nazi-SS soldiers

On May 5, 1985 US president Ronald Reagan laid a wreath at the Kolmeshöhe Cemetery in Bitburg, Germany, which contained the graves of Nazi-SS soldiers

The crisis in Ukraine has once again brought the danger of fascism to the fore. The reactionary phenomena in Ukraine is by no means isolated, unique or European in character as the media portrays. If we just take the history since 1945, or the American policy today, we will find that it is to assist every fascist force in the world, including in Ukraine, just as the Americans pursued a policy of deliberate and systematic rebuilding of Germany, both economically and militarily, after World War I, while it attempted to destroy the socialist Soviet Union. The U.S. supported the fascists in Greece, restored the pro-Nazi monarchy, and facilitated the most brutal reign of the military colonels – all under the aegis of the U.S. It took the fascist Franco of Spain under its umbrella in the same manner. According to US president  Ronald Reagan, the mercenary Contras in Central America were ‘‘freedom fighters” and his free world was populated by all the military dictators, as in Chile, Haiti and South Korea, to name a few. 

Are you at all familiar with the alleged activities of the Neo-Nazi movement in and around the Camp Pendleton Area in California – from which the US sniper unit of the 1 Marine Expeditionary Force portrayed in their photo pictured above – originated?

[L to R] Washington warmly welcomes the neo-Nazis, November 16-18, 2014. Photo shows Andrey Teteruk, commander of Myrotvorets (Peacemaker) punitive unit; Yuri Bereza (in military uniform), leader of Dneipr (Dnepr) Battalion and MP-elect for the Ukrainian Rada; US Senator John McCain; Seymon Semyonchenko, the head of Donbass Battalion and MP-elect. They were hospitably received by IRI (International Republican Institute) and NDI (National Democratic Institute), the international branches of the two main American political parties under the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) of the U.S. state.

[L to R] Washington warmly welcomes the neo-Nazis, November 16-18, 2014. Photo shows Andrey Teteruk, commander of Myrotvorets (Peacemaker) punitive unit; Yuri Bereza (in military uniform), leader of Dneipr (Dnepr) Battalion and MP-elect for the Ukrainian Rada; US Senator John McCain; Seymon Semyonchenko, the head of Donbass Battalion and MP-elect. They were hospitably received by IRI (International Republican Institute) and NDI (National Democratic Institute), the international branches of the two main American political parties under the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) of the U.S. state Semyonchenko posted on his Facebook page, ‘The US is training and funding us.”

The picture was taken in September 2010 in Sangin province, Afghanistan. It was allegedly discovered in November, 2011 by the US Marine Corps in November 2011 and released publicly in February, 2012. The Guardian reported that the photo was posted on the blog of the US marine sniper unit.

At the same time, the Guardian, Huffington Post and other media minced their words:

“The photo shows a flag with what appear to be the letters “SS” in the shape of jagged lightning bolts. The symbol resembles that used by SS units in World War II.” (Emphasis added)

“Appears.” “Resembles.” By that standard, the flags of the Nazi battalions in Ukraine appear to resemble the Hitlerite “SS.”

The Guardian reported in conclusion:

“Master Gunnery Sgt Mark Oliva, a spokesman at Camp Pendleton, California, said the photo was brought to the attention of the 1 Marine Expeditionary Force inspector general in November, and he found there was no intent on the part of the Marines to identify themselves with a racist organisation.

“Oliva said the investigation found that the SS symbol was meant to identify the marines as scout snipers, not Nazis, but it was nonetheless not acceptable.” (Emphasis added)

According to a 2012 posting by Anonymous on Undernews,

“an Advanced Google search including any of the following search criteria in conjunction with “neo-nazi” yields myriad incriminating results; Camp Pendleton; Fallbrook, California; Temecula, California; Vista, California (the towns and villages listed surround the Pendleton base). Fallbrook was the long time residence of Tom Metzger. [2]

“Somehow it is difficult, even laughable, to accept the feeble explanation that these all-American lads were completely unaware of the implications of one of history’s most infamous logos, and the notion that they truly believe that SS simply stood for “Scout Sniper.”

To conclude, perhaps it is nearer, or at home, that the insanity began?”

Perhaps Charlie Company will form the bulk of the Americans who only “advise” the scout snipers in Ukraine.

Endnotes

United Nations General Assembly: Sixty-ninth session of the Third Committee. Agenda item 66 (a): Elimination of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance. A/C.3/69/L.56/Rev.1. 19.11.2014.

2 Metzger’s name is another good one to add to the search list. Metzger is an American white supremacist who founded the para-military White Aryan Resistance (later, the White Aryan Resistance or WAR), a racist, neo-Nazi, activist group in 1983. In 1980, Metzger had won the Democratic Party nomination for the U.S. House of Representatives with over 40,000 votes in a San Diego-area district. In 1984 he created a video series called Race (later, Race and Reason), which is labeled neo-Nazi propaganda by its critics; it is produced in Fullerton, California. Despite opposition, Metzger successfully distributes the programs in more than thirty-five markets across the United States for screening via local cable public access channels. They air, despite legal problems for Metzger over his alleged instigation of more violent, direct actions against minorities by others.

He was also active in Toronto, Canada with the neo-Nazi, white supremacist Heritage Front in June 1992.

The Heritage Front was a Black Ops initiated in 1989 by a CSIS agent, Grant Bristow, and Wolfgang Droege, a German-born Neo-Nazi leader who had moved to Canada in the 1970s and was a member of successive racist and facts organizations. In 1981, Droege was arrested and imprisoned for three years for plotting to overthrow the government of the Caribbean island of Dominica. In 1985, Droege was sentenced to a thirteen-year jail sentence in Alabama for possession of cocaine and weapons; however, he only served four years, returning to Canada in April 1989.

That same year Heritage Front was launched. CSIS provided start-up funds. Heritage Front worked within the Reform Party until 1992, even providing security at party meetings, during the time that Stephen Harper was Reform Party policy chief. Despite decades of open neo-Nazi activity, Droege was never prosecuted by Canadian authorities. Bristow was outed as a CSIS agent in 1994.

If one reads between the lines of the reports by the House of Commons National Security Subcommittee and of the Security Intelligence Review Committee (SIRC) – an appointed body responsible to review CSIS operations – it is clear the “white supremacist threat” in Canada was comprised primarily of undercover police officers from various forces. Many crimes of violence were committed against the people, particularly against anti-racist youth who opposed the racist demonstrations and attempts to organize in southern Ontario high schools. It is the state that is behind all this “white supremacism” and fascist and racist violence.

With a file from Undernews

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