….The second is what can only be called “the Fake European Left,” constructed after WWII by Western intelligence agencies, particularly the C.I.A., precisely in order to prevent the real anti-capitalist left (the communists) from coming to power in countries like Italy or France. The strategy was to support the so called “anti-communist left” — a term that may strike one as an oxymoron, were one to take “communist” in the sense of “anti-capitalist,” thus giving us a likely incongruous notion of (“anti-anti-capitalist”) “pro-capitalist left” — by lavishing with untold quantities of C.I.A. dollars, channeled through various front and real private foundations, numerous “left” magazines, journals, galleries, theaters, and public “intellectuals.” Far from being a bizarre or questionable claim, today this is so well known that the C.I.A.’s own Web site features an article that proudly details this construction of the fake left, detailing this “theoretical foundation of the Agency’s political operations against Communism” in Western Europe.
Supplementing this in essence peaceful, ideological, and clandestine way of distancing Europe from the real and serious left political option was a much more sinister set of intelligence operations coordinated under the auspices of NATO that would see “terrorist” activities in Europe, the goal of which was to boost the political right-wing forces by influencing policies through the means of “false flag” operations including assassinations, coups d’état, bombings, and massacres. The official name for these initiatives was the Operation Gladio. And if anyone should think that these are simple relics of a bygone era that of the wicked Cold War, think again.
Instead of dissolving after the collapse of the USSR and the dissolution of the Eastern Bloc, NATO successfully transformed itself from a defensive military alliance into an offensive one by embracing the so-called “humanitarian mandate” that allows it to bring war to various countries under the guise of securing protection of human rights. Not only that NATO did not dissolve, it expanded. And when it comes to intelligence agencies in the U.S., they have proliferated to the point that apparently at present there are sixteen of them.