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This article appears in the August 22, 2003 issue of Executive Intelligence Review.

The Fascist Fall-Guys for a New,
Hispanic '9/11' Attack on the U.S.

by Dennis Small

A revamped fascist international apparatus in continental Europe—with prominent extensions into Argentina, Mexico, and Venezuela, as beachheads for the Americas—was set into motion at a Nov. 16-17, 2002 meeting in Madrid. The gathering was hosted by the Falange Española (Spanish Falange) and its organizational ally, Fuerza Nueva (New Force) of Blas Piñar, a former Franco sidekick and Spain's leading fascist figure today.

According to reports published by the Spanish Falange, the two-day conference brought together official delegations from a highly significant collection of international co-thinker groups, who gave speeches and otherwise participated actively in the deliberations. Prominent among these were:

Forza Nuova (New Force) of Italy, a collection of decorticated—but dangerous—neo-fascists and "former" terrorist supporters from the 1970s and 1980s, when Italy was rocked by events such as the 1978 murder of Aldo Moro and the 1980 bloody bombing of the Bologna train station. Forza Nuova's National Secretary, Roberto Fiore—who was accused by Italian law enforcement officials of involvement in the Bologna bombing at the time (see Documentation)—was a featured speaker at the Madrid gathering.

Front National (National Front) of France, the racist and xenophobic party of Jean Marie Le Pen, which gained significant ground in France's recent national elections. Front National Political Committee member Thibault de la Tocnaye spoke at the Madrid meeting.

National Democratic Party of Germany (NPD), a group of right-wing extremists in close collaboration with neo-Nazi groups, whose National Secretary Udo Voigt is a permanent fixture at Falangist meetings in Spain.

Partido Nacional de Portugal (National Party of Portugal).

Final Conflict-Third Position of Great Britain, a group of wackos who publish a journal in both English and Romanian—the latter because of their ties to the Romanian Iron Guard group, whose historic leader, Corneliu Codreanu, was an overtly pro-Nazi anti-Semite who was assassinated in 1938. (Final Conflict's web page kindly provides a link to a site promoting the Medieval Count Dracula and his Dracula Castle in Romania.)

Partido Popular por la Reconstrucción (Popular Party for Reconstruction) of Argentina, headed by former army Capt. Gustavo Breide Obeid, with extensive ties into right-wing Catholic networks which overlap the deployment of the right-versus-left terrorism which swept Argentina—like Italy—in the 1960s and 1970s. Breide was a fellow political prisoner with Malvinas War hero Col. Mohamed Alí Seineldín for much of the 1990s. Breide and the PPR are sometimes associated with Seineldín, who has his own political agenda, and which may be different than that of Breide et al.

'Anti-Imperialists' for a New Roman Empire

There are three key features to be noted about this emerging fascist force.

First, Lyndon LaRouche has stressed that one should not be misled by the fact that this network is composed primarily of low-life and political throw-aways. They are that; but they are also the man-servants of the international Synarchist apparatus deployed by the financial oligarchy, whose goal is to establish a new, global version of the Roman Empire.

The Madrid network's stated intent is to establish a Europe-wide fascist bloc. In the words of the Spanish Falange's university branch, the Sindicato Español Universitario (Spanish University Association), which waxed eloquent about the Falange's intimate alliance with Italy's Forza Nuova: "The ties of unity between our two organizations grow ever stronger, and this will surely be the seed for that European Front which will bring social-patriots together against this Europe of traffickers and globalization."

The program of the groups gathered in Madrid is a radical populist blend of attacks on globalization, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and "usury" in general; racist diatribes against dark-skinned immigrants who are "flooding our countries, and furthermore smell bad," as Blas Piñar so delicately puts it; and denunciations of imperialism and the U.S. war in Iraq.

All of this populist rhetoric is woven together with an appeal to return to the so-called "traditional Catholic values" of the feudalism of the Middle Ages—when men accepted their station in life, and before they were corrupted by the Renaissance's "deification" of man, which dared to promote man's creative mental powers as that which makes him "made in the living image of God."

As for empire, the Argentine philosopher Alberto Buela—who is part of the so-called "Catholic nationalist" networks standing behind Breide's PPR, which networks organized a July 2002 seminar in Córdoba, Argentina, addressed by Buela and the Spanish Falange's envoy Jorge García-Contell—makes the argument in a most revealing way. In a 2002 article entitled "Eon in Schmitt and De Anquin," Buela—who is a specialist in Heidegger, Hegel, and Aristotle, three of the Synarchy's preferred philosophers—favorably quotes the influential Nazi jurist Carl Schmitt, a leading Synarchist figure of the middle 20th Century:

" 'Empire, in this context, means the historic force that is capable of stopping the appearance of the anti-Christ and the end of the present eon,' [Schmitt writes in] The Nomos and the Earth. 'Only the Roman Empire, and its Christian prolongation, explain the persistence of the eon and its conservation in the face of the enslaving power of evil.' "

The second key point about the fascist hit squads being assembled by Piñar and the Falange, is that they encompass terrorist forces which are not exclusively of the right, but also include their leftist mirror-images—likewise run by the Synarchists. This is shown clearly in the cases of Italy and Argentina, where the left-right terror networks of the 1960s, '70s, and '80s are now being resuscitated.

The third, and possibly most significant, feature that LaRouche emphasized about the Madrid networks, is their live connections into Ibero-America. These currently include Argentina and Venezuela, as we discuss below, and also Mexico, where the direct Synarchist hand can be clearly seen. For example, the Spanish Falange's website has a page of links to sister Falangist groups around the world, and they there choose to include the special case of Mexico's Unión Nacional Sinarquista (National Synarchist Union), which, they explain, "is a synarchist organization and, although it cannot be called Falangist, its similarities make it worthy of being included here."

This is the apparatus which has been set in motion, armed with populist anti-American rhetoric, which could be plausibly blamed for a new wave of "Hispanic terrorism" inside the United States—much as al-Qaeda was blamed for 9/11.

Blas Piñar and His Falange Allies

Both Blas Piñar and the Spanish Falange have, for decades, been assigned the task of recruiting fascists in Ibero-America. Piñar is best known for having been named by Francisco Franco as a national councilman of his Movement and as a prosecutor before the Spanish courts—and for deploying Franquista street thugs later in the 1970s. Piñar also headed the Hispanic Culture Institute (1957-62). During that period, the Institute concentrated on granting scholarships to Ibero-Americans, so that they could study in Spanish universities.

In 1966, Piñar set up the Fuerza Nueva publishing house and magazine of that same name, which in later years became the favorite forum for fascists from across Europe who had taken refuge in Spain after World War II. These included the likes of Horia Sima, the second-in-command of the notorious Romanian Iron Guard, and Leon Degrelle, the founder of Belgium's pro-Nazi Rexisme movement. Both of these groupings sent thousands of soldiers to fight alongside Hitler's troops on the Eastern Front during World War II—as did Spanish Franco volunteers. That endeared them to Piñar.

The Spanish Falange, for its part, was one of the principal cut-outs used by Hitler for organizing pro-Nazi forces in Ibero-America during the 1930s and 1940s. It was founded in 1933 under the guiding light of José Antonio Primo de Rivera, who was executed in 1938 during the Spanish Civil War. José Antonio (as he is popularly known) quickly became a virtual saint among Falangists around the world—with little note taken of the fact that he was a good friend of Britain's Sir Samuel Hoare, a one-time British Ambassador to Madrid.

Today, the Spanish Falange website boasts links to sister organizations in the Americas: Falange Venezolana, Falange Cubana, Falange Socialista de Bolivia, Movimiento Nacional Sindicalista de Chile, Argentina's PPR, Mexico's UNS, Falange Boricua of Puerto Rico, and the American Falangist Party.

This last is a U.S.-based group whose intellectual level is perhaps best exemplified by an article appearing in its magazine Phalanx headlined "Commie Cannibals Eat Pygmies." They should not be dismissed lightly, however; they have significant links to "anti-Establishment" militia types in the United States, and to the Miami-based Cuban American National Foundation (CANF), a multimillion-dollar organization closely associated with the likes of Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.) and other U.S. political assets of the Synarchists.

Today's Spanish Falange admits to having a meager 1,000 members, at best, garnering in the range of 25,000 votes in recent elections. It has therefore moved to establish a formal organizational alliance with Blas Piñar's Fuerza Nueva, which is close to being launched and will be called Frente Español (Spanish Front).

After the above-mentioned November 2002 meeting that brought them together, Fuerza Nueva and the Spanish Falange sponsored a follow-up gathering in Madrid on Jan. 26, 2003, which reportedly drew a crowd of some 3,000. Attending, once again, were "our dear friends and comrades from Italy's Forza Nuova and Germany's NPD, Roberto Fiore and Udo Voigt," as well as delegations from France's Front National, Portugal, Poland, and Bulgaria.

From Ibero-America, a message of support was read from Venezuelan former Presidential candidate Alejandro Peña, currently a leader of that country's Bloque Democrático (Democratic Bloc). And Argentina's PPR sent a letter welcoming the event "with great joy," but sending its regrets that it would be unable to attend the meeting this time around.

The Argentine Connection

Breide's PPR has been quite active of late in the European fascist circles that are orbiting around Blas Piñar and his Falangist allies. During the same November 2002 tour that took the PPR delegation to the Madrid meeting, Breide also met with Le Pen of the Front National in France, and with Roberto Fiore of Forza Nuova in Italy—according to press releases issued by the PPR and reports from Forza Nuova that trumpet "the solid relationship based on common ideals and political perspectives" that exists between the PPR and Forza Nuova.

Breide, along with Norberto Narezo and Carlos Ronco of the PPR leadership, spoke about the IMF destruction of the Argentine economy at press conferences in Milan, Rome, Turin, and Bologna, "meetings organized with the local Forza Nuova," according to the account of one Italian participant. Breide's Italian connection was tight enough to be invited back on Feb. 5, 2003, when he gave a speech on the Argentine economic crisis at the University of Trento.

There is a broader Argentine connection to the Piñar/Falange operation, which involves certain right-wing Catholic circles dating back to the significant, post-war influence of Father Julio Meinvielle. Meinvielle, who enjoys a reputation in Argentina as a brilliant "nationalist Catholic" philosopher in the tradition of St. Thomas Aquinas, was an overt anti-Semite, an advocate of the Inquisition, and vitriolically anti-American, falsely equating the American and French Revolutions, and lumping the U.S. and Great Britain together as a common "Anglo-Saxon" foe to be defeated. Moreover, the revered Meinvielle was actually an all-around superficial thinker. This is best demonstrated by his pathetic attempted refutations of Cardinal Nicolaus of Cusa and Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz—based on citations from secondary sources! Meinvielle clearly never bothered to read the works of Cusa and Leibniz he was busy dismissing.

One nest of Meinvielle followers launched the magazine Maritornes: Notebooks of Hispanidad in 2001. On the board of Maritornes, which is published in Argentina, sits the ubiquitous Blas Piñar (see Documentation). The November 2001 presentation of the magazine in Madrid was organized by the Juventudes Tradicionalistas de España (Traditionalist Youth of Spain), among others, who argue: "We Carlists ... must relaunch the Catholic vision of Hispanidad ... oppose monetarist economic fundamentalism ... [and] coordinate the counter-revolutionary movements of the whole world: we have to 'globalize' the Counter-revolution."

An earlier generation of followers of Meinvielle, including Father Alberto Ezcurra Uriburu, who ran a Lefebvrist seminary in the Argentine province of Paraná, founded the infamous Tacuara group in 1957, modeled explicitly on the Spanish Falange. Their heroes were José Antonio Primo de Rivera and Benito Mussolini. Tacuara was later known interchangeably as Guardia de Hierro (Iron Guard)—in honor of the 1930s Romanian fascists of the same name.

In the aftermath of the Cuban Revolution of 1959, Tacuara began to split between the right-wing followers of Ezcurra, and the increasingly leftist, pro-Cuban camp of "Joe" Baxter—a rather suspicious Yugoslavian emigrant who had traveled throughout Spain, Algeria, Angola, Egypt, and North Vietnam. Early police raids against Tacuara safe-houses report finding, side by side, books by St. Thomas Aquinas; the 1930s French monarchist and right-wing Catholic fascist Charles Maurras; and Che Guevara!

Tacuara split in two in the early 1960s. Baxter's left wing went on to become the Peronist Montoneros guerrilla group, a central player in the Argentine terrorism of the 1960s and 1970s. And the Tacuara right wing went on to engage in bloody counter-terrorism against its former allies and other leftists. The joint Synarchist operation sank Argentina into decades of "dirty war," from which the country has yet to fully recover.

Venezuela Is Next

Venezuela today is heading toward the kind of civil war Argentina experienced in the 1970s, with Synarchists dominating both sides of the conflict. In this unfolding tragedy, President Hugo Chávez and his supporters play the role of the "leftist" revolutionary Jacobins, who curiously cite Nazi jurist Carl Schmitt to justify their actions.

The right-wing opposition, for its part, has extensive ties to Cheney's chicken-hawks in Washington, including the Hudson Institute, which hosted a meeting in Washington in early August to build support for them. The Venezuelan opposition also works closely with groups such as the Cuban American National Foundation in Miami. Within the opposition alliance, one group stands out: the so-called "Democratic Bloc." The Bloc has repeatedly urged the entire opposition to take to the streets to demand a military coup against Chávez. The group's most vocal spokesman, Alejandro Peña—who sent a message of support to the January 2003 Piñar/Falange meeting—argued on July 28 that the Chávez regime can only be confronted in one way: "with force."

Another director of the Bloc is the "former" police agent, Nedo Paniz, who in the mid-1990s was key to protecting Chávez when he was rebuilding his political-military movement after his 1992 failed coup attempt.

Such left-to-right migrations are typical of the kinds of patterns to be watched for, in the emergence of potential Spanish-speaking terrorism within the United States.