On the April 12-13 weekend, more peace demonstrations were staged simultaneously in the United States and the rest of the world. Because the Iraqi people were at that very moment welcoming their American liberators, the demonstrators hastily shifted their message from antiwar to anti-colonialism. But the theme was still pure anti-Americanism. Why? Who was behind them?
In early April 2003, the World Peace Council
(WPC) declared April 12th “international mobilization day” and called upon the people of the entire world to organize demonstrations demanding the world’s governments to “stop all support to the US and British murderers” and insisting that the U.N. General Assembly convene in order to stop the war in Iraq. As of April 10, WPC branches in 57 countries around the world had joined in calling for these new anti-American demonstrations. I have elsewhere noted
that the WPC was created by the Soviets in the 1950s, and that its honorary chairman is today still the same KGB asset, Romesh Chandra, who headed that organization during the days when I was a Communist general. Chandra’s only task then, as it would seem the WPC’s only task now, was to portray the United States as a colonialist power in the grip of a “war-mongering government.”
A few days after this latest WPC appeal, the Workers World party (WWP) joined the fray. That was another Soviet creature known to me from when I was at the top of the Communist intelligence community. The WWP, which is headquartered in the United States, called for anti-American demonstrations on April 12th in Washington, Seattle and Los Angeles, and on April 13th in San Francisco, to condemn the “colonial occupation of Iraq” and to demand “regime change in Washington.”
The WWP was created by the Soviet KGB in 1957, with the initial task of helping the Kremlin create a favorable impression of the 1956 Soviet invasion of Hungary among the trade unions and “colored” population of the United States. It was run by a Soviet-style secretariat whose members were secretly indoctrinated and trained by the KGB, which also financed its day-to-day operation. In 1959 the WWP got its own newspaper, Workers World, which was edited by the KGB’s disinformation department. To camouflage Moscow’s hand and to give the paper a broader appeal, the early issues showed both Lenin and Trotsky holding up a banner saying, “Colored and White Unite and Fight for a WORKERS WORLD.”
By 1978, when I broke with Communism, the WWP newspaper was being secretly edited in Romania under the auspices of the Comintern journal entitled Problems of Peace and Socialism (the English translation of which was called World Marxist Review), which was then headquartered in Bucharest.
After the Soviet Union collapsed, the WWP apparently took on a life of its own, as did many other Cold War operations I had been involved with. Currently, the WWP has a national office in New York (55 W. 17th Street) and 18 regional headquarters across the United States, the addresses of which are posted on the Internet. Now the WWP represents itself as a “national Marxist-Leninist party promoting socialism, supporting working class struggles and lesbian/gay/bi/trans liberation, organizing protests, and denouncing racism and sexism.” Two of its leaders, Larry Holmes and Monica G. Moorehead, repeatedly ran for president of the United States on the WWP ticket. Both portrayed the United States as a country run by war-mongering governments, and both insinuated that America was full of political prisoners.
The WWP newspaper Workers World is also still around and maintains its Cold War rhetoric. Its website states: “We’re independent Marxists” whose “goal is solidarity of all the workers and oppressed against this criminal imperialist system.”
Over the years, the WWP created several front organizations along Soviet lines, such as the Youth Against War and Fascism, the United Labor Action, and the American Servicemen’s Union. Most recently the WWP spawned another front called ANSWER, standing for Act Now to Stop War and End Racism, which is run by the same people running the WWP. ANSWER is supported by numerous domestic and foreign Marxist bodies (the Lebanese Communist party, the New Communist party of the Netherlands, the Partido Comunista de la Argentina) and by other anti-American organizations (the Italian Tribunal on NATO Crimes, the Green party USA, the Canadian-Cuban Friendship). A complete list of “Coalition Co-signers” can be found at www.internationalanswer.org/endorsers.html.
ANSWER was the main organizer of the anti-American demonstrations that took place in the United States on April 12-13. Its website contained numerous ready-to-use anti-American flyers (among them “Surround the White House” and “Vote to Impeach Bush”) that could simply be downloaded, printed, and posted. ANSWER also provided dozens of buses to transport the “spontaneous” demonstrators from over one hundred cities around the United States to Washington, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, where the main anti-American demonstrations were scheduled to take place. Its website contained the name, phone number and e-mail of the contacts in charge of handling each bus, as well as detailed instructions for reaching those buses. For instance: “Buses from Detroit and Ann Arbor depart 9 P.M. Friday, April 11; return by 6 A.M. Sunday, April 13. … Ann Arbor bus leaves from Michigan Union (State St. and S. University). Be there at 8:30. Detroit bus leaves from southeast corner parking lot at Temple St. and Third Street. Enter parking lot from south side of Temple, just east of Third. Security, free parking all weekend from Detroit departure point.”
As I no longer inhabit the bear’s lair, I have no inside information to confirm that the WPC and the WWP are still being manipulated by Moscow. Nonetheless, I note that Russian president Vladimir Putin, his minister of foreign affairs, and numerous other high-ranking members of his government spent most of their working lives in the foreign component of the KGB, where these anti-American organizations were born in the days of the Soviet Union. It is perhaps also noteworthy that the end of the Iraq Summit attended in St. Petersburg by the leaders of the Moscow-Berlin-Paris Axis coincided with the April 12th anti-American demonstrations organized by the World Peace Council and its American offshoot, the Workers World party.
— General Ion Mihai Pacepa is the highest-ranking intelligence officer ever to have defected from the former Soviet bloc. He is currently finishing a new book, Red Roots: The origins of today’s anti-Americanism.