This present collection of articles by Soviet writers on foreign affairs tells about the secret role played by the CIA in many tragic events that have occurred in different parts of the world over recent years.
We would first remind the reader that from the beginning of 1981 American foreign policy has been based on the assumption that the Vital interests of the USA are threatened by international terrorism, a phenomenon identified with national liberation movements throughout the world. The doctrine of the struggle against international terrorism’ reflected attempts by the USA to pursue its imperialist interests and justify the increasing American military presence in various parts of the world.
If one recalls the notorious myth about ‘the hand of Moscow allegedly directing terrorist activity in various flash points, then it becomes clear, in the light of what has been said above, that this myth was created in order to discredit the consistent, peace-loving policy of the USSR by linking it to the activity of extremists of various political hues and colours. This myth was also intended to justify US expansionism and ‘diplomacy of strength’ by presenting them as a means of resisting ‘Soviet aggression’.
The authors of this present collection have set themselves the double task of revealing American manipulation of the term ‘international terrorism’ and drawing a clear distinction between the terrorists and their victims. They furnish a detailed and circumstantial account of the secret workings of the CIA and its attempts to penetrate into almost every sphere of life in a number of countries, extending its influence as far as the upper echelons of power.
The CIA, with its deliberately fostered aura of omnipotence and mystery, is in no way a ‘state within a state’, but the obedient tool of US ruling circles and of American imperialism. Having assumed the role of world policeman, the USA uses terrorist organisations as part of its ‘strategy of tension’ in order to pressure certain governments into adopting a position that meets the interests of American imperialism, and also in order to discredit and even eliminate political figures who have dared to pursue a policy that answers the national interests of their own countries. The international terrorism that has been erected by the USA into the guiding principle of its foreign policy and which is implemented primarily through the CIA is claiming entire nations and peoples as its victim, as is clearly demonstrated by events in Central America, and in particular in El Salvador. The fascist coup in Chile, the ‘undeclared war’ against Afghanistan, and the attempts to strangle the Sandinista revolution in Nicaragua are all related phenomena.
In its struggle against national liberation movements, imperialism uses mercenaries both against insurgents and as assault forces that invade newly independent states. The unscrupulousness revealed by the ‘dogs of war’ (to quote the title of one of the articles in the present collection) in the methods they use reflects a similar lack of scruple in those who hire them. In the autumn of 1981 a detachment of 100 mercenaries landed on the Seychelles led by ‘Colonel’ Michael Hoare, who was to win notoriety for his punitive actions in Africa. This military operation, whose aim was to overthrow the government of a republic which had adopted a policy of non-alignment, ended in failure. However, the identity of the paymasters was discovered. In their evidence given before a court in Johannesburg, the hired killers named their ‘masters’-the special service of the Republic of South Africa and the American CIA.
This collection also describes another form of sabotage—ideological—which is part of the subversive activity conducted by the CIA against the socialist world and the national liberation movement. These ‘champions of the idea’, whose weapons are the pen and the microphone, are paid from the same purse as those whose hands are stained with blood.
This collection is based on documentary material-on evidence given by high-ranking officials of the CIA and by CIA agents, on material published by the Western press, on court records, etc.
Special mention must be made of the material gathered by US Senate commissions investigating the activity of the CIA, which provides clear evidence of the hypocrisy of a number of American politicians. These commissions were set up to create the impression that the law had triumphed in the USA. The authors of this present collection emphasise that ‘the law’ triumphed only within an area whose limits were set by an invisible hand, and that, *by a strange coincidence’, only that was revealed which it proved pointless or impossible to conceal.
However, if the evidence that was allowed to surface is compared with facts that have become known objectively, so to speak, it becomes apparent that the activity of the CIA has the blessing of American imperialism, whose offspring it is.
The authors who have contributed to this collection are prominent Soviet writers on international affairs who are well known not only in their own country but also to readers abroad, and whose comments and articles are published by the press of many countries around the world. Their wide-ranging professional talent has enabled them to produce not only striking reports, pamphlets and articles, but also to write research studies and publish highly successful novellas and plays.
Widely travelled, they have themselves been witnesses to many events of international importance, and their articles reflect pain and indignation. However, while their style reveals that they are far from indifferent to what they describe, their evaluation is sober and objective, as is confirmed by the documentary evidence upon which it rests. We hope that the reader will discover this for themself.