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Among other episodes, 47 the LO’s lasting contacts with the Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein, with the Sudanese Islamist regime, and the militant anti-Semitic American group “Nation of Islam” (NOI) stand out.
The first contacts between the LO and Iraq already occurred in 1975 48; these contacts were used again when similar bogeymen were need during the Gulf War. To support this propaganda campaign “Americans Against War” was created, consisting of a handful of American LaRouche activists living in Wiesbaden. A further propaganda campaign was called “Save the Children of Iraq.” The LO-members were exposed to pro-Iraqi war propaganda of the most primitive kind. 49 The writings of the group show no scruples or consideration that they are championing a violently criminal regime, whose extermination campaign at the end of the 1980s took the lives of 50,000 to 100,000 Kurdish victims. 50 Since the summer of 1991, one of the leaders of the LO, Muriel Mirak-Weißbach, as the head of Middle East affairs traveled multiple times to Iraq and, for example, met the Building- and Agriculture Ministers there in 1992. Other decision-makers in the Iraqi government also commented occasionally in the periodicals of the LO. 51
Since 1992, the LO’s propaganda reveals a definite siding with groups and governments which take positions close to or directly representative of Islamic extremists. This new alliance in the sense of an affinity towards fundamentalist thought structures should obviously dissolve the previously claimed spiritual affinity with the Vatican. For example, from the summer to the winter of 1992, the LO carried out an international campaign of support for the Jordanian Islamist Laith Schubailat in conjunction with a trial against him brought by the government in Amman. 52 Since then, Schubailat has discovered “a great similarity to Islamic thinking” in the publications of LaRouche; a “brain-washing propaganda apparatus” controls opinion about “this great thinker, who genuinely loves mankind.”
Since early 1993, there have been continued contacts between the Sudanese military government, which is under the influence of the National Islamic Front (NIF) and its leader Hassan al-Turabi. 53 Zepp-Larouche and Mirak-Weißbach took part in a “Conference on Religious Questions” from 26 to 30 April 1993. Zepp-Larouche made the opening speech. Among others, she met the then chief of the military government, Omar Hassan Ahmad al-Baschir. A glowing endorsement followed in the LaRouche newspaper: the military government was inspired by the “world-famous Muslim leader” al-Turabi – a “clever and elegant thinker” – and has introduced “a unique form of Islamic law”; however, it is “mostly portrayed as a criminal gang of religious fanatics and bloodthirsty militarists.” 54 The new alliance was announced in a press conference on July 9, 1993 in Germany, during which the former Sudanese foreign minister Hashim Osman, the Sudanese ambassador in Bonn and his press attaché appeared jointly with Zepp-Larouche, who proclaimed there that the political leadership of the Sudan promoted “optimism among the population” and had impressed her more “than that which is described as the political ‘Elite’ in this country.” 55
In August 1993, the LO newspaper disseminated an interview with the Sudanese minister for federal matters, Dr. Ali Elhag Mohamed, and reported in July 1994 on a trip by two activists of the “Schiller Institute” as the result of a project that “the Schiller Institute began with the Agriculture Ministry in Khartoum.” In January 1995, it was reported that, during their visit to Sudan from the 17th to the 23rd of December 1994, the LaRouches met with “President Bashir and the distinguished Islamic scholar Dr. Hassan Abdullah al-Turabi” for an “extensive exchange of views.” 56 In February 1995, there were events organized in Germany on the theme “The Truth about the Sudan”, at which Mirak-Weißberg promoted the Bashir/Turabi regime.
Since 1990, there has been a strengthening of ties between the LO and the Nation of Islam (NOI). The NOI, led by Louis Farrakhan, emerged at the end of the 1970s as the militant counterpart to the more measured trends in the black Muslim movement in the United States. The Islamic extremist NOI calls for a separate state for the African-American population of the USA and, through its continuous and aggressive anti-Semitic propaganda, has also achieved international recognition. One of the tactics utilized by the NOI, which is present in 80 American cities, is occasionally successful work in the inner cities to intervene in serious problem areas such as the failed fight against drug addiction. 57 In 1994, representatives of the NOI and the LO held joint events with themes like “The Ugly Truth about the ADL” or “The Anti-Defamation League – The New Ku Klux Klan?” 58 Farrakhan spokesperson Dr. Abdul Alim Muhammad appeared at a conference of the “Schiller Institute” in Washington in February 1995 and read a speech by Farrakhan. The statement praised LaRouche as one of the “true patriots, who show us solutions” and who are “tried under false accusations, defamed, arrested or even murdered for their ideas.” 59
47. From the mid-1970s to the end of the decade, the LO maintained relationships with the American right-wing extremist “Liberty Lobby” of Willis Carto. The “Liberty Lobby” is one of the most important and best-financed organizations in the US spectrum of right-wing extremists. With the “Institute for Historical Review” (IHR) founded in 1978, this organization functions as a producer and distributor of revisionist propaganda material. Among other places, Carto and LaRouche met in Wiesbaden in 1977. See King (fn. 2), pp.38-46, Boland (fn.7), pp. 27-28. Since the beginning of the 1980s, the right-extreme publication CODE of Ekkehard Franke-Gricksch more or less regularly prints signed articles and other materials from the LO.
48. See Beyes-Corleis (fn.3), pp.57-60.
49. Citation from the internal “Morning Briefing”, from January 18, 1991: “Response to Iraqi hit on Israel: ‘Dancing in the streets in Cairo.’ A well-placed source in Amman, Jordan, reported today on the strategic importance of Iraq having hit Israel last night. The whole Arab world is jubilant. They are dancing in the streets of Cairo and every major city of the Arab world, expressing profound pride in Saddam Hussein.” Larouche in an internal paper of October 13, 1990: There are two sides to the world, the “human beings” who have Iraq on their side, and the “anti-human beings, the devils, the Satanists”, who are against Iraq.
50. See also among others the Neue Zürcher Zeitung from May 11, 1994, with an in-depth description of the evaluation of documents by the American human rights group, “Middle East Watch”, who came to the conclusion that Iraq displayed a system that was reminiscent of the “Nazi henchmen in the extermination camps.”
51. For example, an interview with the Iraqi trade minister, Dr. Mohammed Mehdi Salih, in Neue Solidarität, from June 1, 1994.
52. On Schubailat, see among others the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung from 25 September 1992 and the Neue Zürcher Zeitung from November 12, 1992.
53. German federal authorities believe that in the interim, Sudan has evolved into an important control center for the operations of the Iranian secret service, and that Egyptian and Tunisian Islamists are being trained in Sudanese camps alongside members of the Algerian FIS, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Hamas, Hizbollah and the Iranian Pasdaran.
54. Neue Solidarität, May 12, 1993.
55. Neue Solidarität, June 30, 1993.
56. Neue Solidarität, Jaunary 11, 1995
57. So-called “Dope Buster” groups composed of NOI activists have shown successes, for example through the forced eviction of drug dealers from areas of the city and by the political occupation of the vacuum left by political and bureaucratic neglect. (compare also Neue Zürcher Zeitung from June 1, 1994.)
58. For a more detailed account, see Mira Boland, Partners in Bigotry. The LaRouche Cult and the Nation of Islam, ADL, Washington, 1994.
59. Neue Solidarität from March 1, 1995.