This sordid little piece of news is something that we’ve always suspected. Rumors have floated around about this kind of deal, but this is the first time that a government official has admitted it in a public forum.
But now a former Italian president has gone on the record: the Italian government, under the premiership of Aldo Moro (and presumably other prime ministers), paid in-kind protection money to Muslim terrorists.
The deal? Don’t target Italy, and you can do what you want.
According to Israel National News:
Former Italian President: We Paid for Immunity From Terrorist Attacks
In a letter appearing in the weekend edition of the respected Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, former Italian President Francesco Cossiga revealed that the government of Italy agreed to allow Arab terrorist groups freedom of movement in the country in exchange for immunity from attacks in Italy.
Cossiga wrote that the government of the late Prime Minister Aldo Moro reached a “secret non-belligerence pact between the Italian state and Palestinian resistance organizations, including terrorist groups,” in the 1970s. According to the former president, it was Moro himself who designed the terms of the agreement with the foreign Arab terrorists. Ironically, Moro later met his death at the hands of homegrown Italian terrorists, the Red Brigades, in 1978. Cossiga was president of Italy from 1985-1992 and is today a senator-for-life in the Italian legislature.
“The terms of the agreement were that the Palestinian organizations could even maintain armed bases of operation in the country, and they had freedom of entry and exit without being subject to normal police controls, because they were ‘handled’ by the secret services,” Cossiga explained.
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As Interior Minister, Cossiga said that he learned PLO members in Italy had diplomatic immunity as representatives of the Arab League. When he became alarmed by the heavy weapons defenses installed around the homes of PLO members living in Rome, the guards were persuaded to switch to light arms.
In his letter, the former Italian president also linked the Arab terrorist groups of the 1970s with the Italian far-left. According to Cossiga, he received a telegram from the head of an anti-Israel terrorist group headquartered at the time in Beirut requesting the return of one of their surface-to-air missiles that had gone missing. The missile was intercepted by Italian police while being “driven on the streets by a well-known ideologue of the extra-parliamentary left!” Cossiga wrote.
In an article in Corriere della Sera the week before Cossiga’s admission, a former leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) also claimed that his terror group and the Italian leadership had reached an accord protecting Italy from attack in exchange for Italian non-interference in PFLP activities in Italy. The former PFLP boss, Bassam Abu Sharif, later became a senior member of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and personal advisor to the late arch-terrorist Yasser Arafat.
While there were several terrorist attacks on targets in Italy in the years following the alleged “protection” deal, most of them could be traced to Abu Nidal’s terrorist organization. Abu Nidal rejected the authority of the PLO leadership and many of his attacks, including those in Rome, were assassinations of PLO figures and other Arab diplomats.
In the last few years rumors have circulated about similar behavior by the Belgian authorities towards various terrorist groups, including the ones who plotted the Madrid bombing attack. How many other European governments have made deals with the Islamic devil in the last forty years?
Why do they do it? Why engage in such vile, treasonous behavior?
Anyone with even a handful of brain cells knows that this kind of behavior can only encourage much greater extortion down the road. Did Aldo Moro think he would be immune, or that he would be long gone before his personal chickens came home to roost?
Well, he was, but much sooner than he expected…
Or was it the fact that the Jews and Israel were the principal victims? Did that make it OK?
Hat tip: Jewish Odysseus.