Rob Couteau Posted July 27, 2019 Share Posted July 27, 2019 (edited) In the first or second episode of Jim's 25-part series with Dave Emory, Jim talks about JFK's decision to "ratchet down the tension" between the U.S. and Cuba, and the U.S. and the Soviet Union. The phrase struck me, because I had just been reading about the "strategy of tension": something that Kennedy's stance stood in direct opposition to. (And note the connection between Italy and Aginter Press in Portugal): "By 1969 the theorists of the strategy of tension had already elaborated their doctrine. It is spelled out in graphic terms in an anonymous document entitled "Our Political Action," which was sent from Italy to the Aginter Press, a Lisbon-based agency that gave cover to extremist political activity throughout Europe, in November 1968. The document recommends the promotion of chaos throughout the structures of the regime and the undermining of the economy. 'This will lead to a situation of strong political tension, of fear in the industrial world, of hostility toward the government and all the parties. In our opinion the first action to be involved upon is the destruction of the structures of the state, which should appear to be the action of the communists and the pro-Chinese.' It then goes on to recommend working on public opinion and the armed forces to highlight the inadequacies of the legally constituted government and 'to make us appear as the only ones capable of providing a social, political, and economic solution suited to the needs of the moment.'" -- Philip Willan, "Puppetmasters," p. 23. Edited July 28, 2019 by Rob Couteau Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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