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FWD: Ultra-right and anti-sanctions

Regarding the potential of the progressive anti-sanctions movement and 
the ultra-right as potential political bedfellows (see below:)
That is why it is important to keep raising
regional disarmament as part of the anti-sanctions
movement, which ofcourse the far right doesn't.
Other related points: 1)  Res 678 ' Para 14 says sanctions is
in the context of encouraging a zone free of unconventional
weapons, ofcourse this is ignored by US, since Israel
has nuclear weapons. Militarily, Israel is strong and Iraq is
weak, sanctions is part of that overall strategy in the context of
an armed warring Gulf, and 2) Even if sanctions were lifted,
Iraq will be diverting many resources into military defense
(against Israel, Iran, US) when it will be needing all resources to
repair devastations caused by sanctions. 
The ultra-right strategy is to maintain an international armed state system.
To oppose that, you have to raise regional disarmament which means 
you also have to raise global disarmament. 
All these issues are interconnected and we shouldn't think, 
that because we are a single-issue campaign,
we can't point out all the linkages. This is what will set the progressive
anti-sanctions movement apart from the ultra-right.

Philippa Winkler

>===== Original Message From =====
It's interesting that just after the far-right group Third Way turn up on
this list, we see that in Austria, Germany and France, the far right are
actively supporting the anti-sanctions cause.

It's time for all good humanitarians and anti-imperialists in this movement
to decide that they'll cooperate with a lot of people to end sanctions, but
not fascists. We've always got to be careful to remember the distinction
between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism.

Chris Williams

by Eric Geiger,
San Francisco Chronicle, May 3, 2001

St. Viet an der Glan, Austria -- Until recently, residents of this sleepy
village took little notice of a portly middle-aged Arab businessman living
inconspicuously on the edge of town with his family, assuming him to be a
successful carpet dealer.

But Austrian media, citing security authorities, identified Abdul Moneim
Jebara, 60, as a convicted Iraqi arms dealer allegedly acting as Saddam
Hussein's liaison with sympathetic far-rightist groups in Europe.

"He calls himself a mere export and import trader, but Austrian and German
security agencies see Jebara as a pivot of an alarmingly close cooperation
emerging in recent months between extreme rightists in the two countries and
radical Islamists," said Vienna's usually well-informed and influential
newsmagazine Format.

>From his hilltop bungalow sporting satellite dishes and surveillance
cameras, Jebara allegedly is coordinating unspecified aid programs from a
network of rightist supporters in Europe for Iraq, which is still under U.N.
sanctions imposed in 1990 after its invasion of Kuwait.

What seems to unite the European far rightists and the Iraqis are their
common anti-Semitic and anti-American sentiments. In its latest report on
the rightist scene in Germany, the Agency of the Protection of the
Constitution (a sort of German FBI) said, "The American democratic system is
seen by (the two groups) as an expression of cultural decadence and economic

A recent debate in Austria's parliament seemed to suggest that since
settling in St. Viet (near Klagenfurt in Carinthia province) in the early
1990s, Jebara has enjoyed the protection of high-level politicians who are
aware of his activities and background.

"How is it possible that a man of Jebara's caliber, who is known to have
close contacts to the extreme right and the Iraqi secret service and served
part of a six-year sentence for arms dealing, blackmail and tax evasion in
Germany, was allowed to settle in Austria?" thundered Karl Oellinger, a
prominent opposition Green Party lawmaker.

Austria's 15-month-old center-far-right coalition government quickly passed
the buck, saying that attempts to start deportation proceedings against
Jebara have always been thwarted by Carinthian authorities. Joerg Haider,
founder of the far-right Freedom Party and still its driving force, is
Carinthia's governor.

In an interview last week, Haider insisted that provincial authorities have
no power to block proceedings related to federal alien laws.

He also denied media reports quoting Jebara as saying he knows Haider well:
"I'm vaguely familiar with the case, but I have never met that man (Jebara)
and never had any contact whatever with him.

"I am being blamed for just about everything these days."

Among those reportedly spearheading the effort to funnel aid to Iraq is
Germany's National Democratic Party, which openly woos skinheads and
sponsors annual protests marking the 1987 death in prison of Hitler deputy
Rudolf Hess that often wind up in neo-Nazi violence.

The party, which all German democratic parties seek to ban, recently
proclaimed "strong support for the suffering Iraqis" on its Internet home

"The so-called community of nations against Iraq is a structure held
together by means of blackmail, lies, bribery, corruption and violence by
the satraps of the east coast," the statement said, using a term far
rightists usually apply to the U.S. Jewish community.

Also regularly expressing "solidarity" with Hussein's regime is the Munich
weekly Deutsche National Zeitung, circulation 130,000 (15,000 in Austria).
Its owner is Bavarian millionaire publisher Gerhard Frey, leader of the
German Peoples Party (DVU), a group accused of racism and anti-Semitism that
won 13 percent of the 1998 vote in the eastern state of Saxony Anhalt.

In an editorial, the weekly attacked the United States for keeping Iraq in a
"stranglehold" and asserted that Germany spent $18.8 billion in tax money to
help finance the Persian Gulf War "even though Germany was in no way
threatened by Baghdad."

The publication also ridiculed as "ludicrous horror stories" recent media
reports that the German intelligence agency (BWD) has new evidence that
Hussein has revived his nuclear weapon production and may be capable of
making an atomic bomb within the next three years.

Openly pitching for cash for "our Iraqi brothers" are leaflets issued by a
shadowy organization calling itself "German and Austrian Patriots." The
flyer's signatories include Franz Schoenhuber, 78, the former Waffen SS
sergeant who co-founded the once-surging extreme rightist Republican Party,
and the leader of a Salzburg-based neo-Nazi group identified only as
"Richard R."

Security officials say funds and commodities collected for Iraq on
"humanitarian grounds" are usually channeled to Jany le Pen, the wife of
Jean- Marie le Pen, the leader of France's far-right National Front. Running
a special aid organization called "SCS -- Children of Iraq," she then
arranges for the transfer to Baghdad.

"The idea of helping Saddam Hussein seems to have a bizarre unifying effect
on assorted extreme rightist groups . . . not only in Austria and Germany
but also in the rest of Europe," said the Austrian security official.

Apparently that's where Hussein's man in St. Viet comes in. In an
impassioned plea for donations for Iraq published recently by the Austrian
far- rightist periodical Rule, Jebara was named as "coordinator for the aid
action for Iraq by German Patriots."

Questioned about it by Austrian reporters in January, Jebara not only did
not deny his role as "aid coordinator" but also minced no words about his
admiration for Hussein and proudly showed off a wristwatch whose dial showed
a portrait of the Iraqi despot.

"The Iraqi people are starving, our children are starving, and Bill Clinton
(then U.S. president) is much worse than Hitler," he said. "The people
helping us are just ordinary young people who finally recognize what the
truth is -- and besides, their ideology resembles ours."

Jebara, a former resident of Munich, was sentenced in 1986 to 6 1/2 years in
prison for attempting to smuggle 40 combat helicopters from Germany to Iraq
during the Iran-Iraq war, as well as for trying to blackmail a business

The verdict specifically referred to Jebara's "close contacts" with high-
level Iraqi government and secret service officials, including Hussein's top
security officer and the chief of the national "procurement agency."

According to Format, Jebara also was questioned in the court in connection
with the reported participation of German firms in the construction of
chemical weapon plants at Iraq's heavily guarded Samarra industrial complex.
The magazine said he was accused of engineering a hostage-taking plot in
Iraq to force his release from prison. Jebara has vehemently denied both

Jebara was prematurely released from prison for unknown reasons in the early
1990s, and his motive for moving to Austria is also unclear.

But some analysts point out that before the Gulf War, Iraq was Austria's
most important trading partner in the Middle East, with Austrian exports
amounting to about $400 million annually. State-owned and private companies
-- such as Voest-Alpine, OMV and ELIN -- did large-scale business in the
fields of manufactured goods, oil and power plant construction,

"The Gulf War and the embargo ended the Austrian-Iraqi trade almost
completely, and that's why it was with satisfaction that the easing of the
sanctions in recent years was registered here," said the Vienna Daily

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Philippa Winkler
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