]]]]]]]]]]]]] A NEW PATRON FOR GREENPEACE [[[[[[[[[[[[[[[ (6/18/88) On the face of it, Greenpeace is just another sham-environmen- talist organization using the nature-loving pretexts for political ends (and damaging the environment in the process). That description, as far as it goes, fits Greenpeace well: Their members have chained themselves to British ships to prevent them dump- ing low-level nuclear wastes into the sea; but British coal ash is dumped into the sea also, and since the total amount of radioactivity in it exceeds that of low-level nuclear wastes, Greenpeace in prin- ciple helps to make the seas more radioactive. Quite similarly, they paint baby seals red to make their fur worthless to seal hunters, but in fact they condemn them to a slow and horrible death since the paint destroys their thermal insulation from the icy water [AtE Dec 82]. Like other "environmental" organizations, they also have lavish funds showered on them by an affluent class that seeks to avoid growth and upward mobility and to freeze society in the state where they are the ruling elite. They have an annual budget of $4 million, and a staff of 200 people in their Washington center and 7 US regional offices. But they differ from most other sham-environmentalists in three important respects. First, they are more violent-prone than any other of their "envi- ronmentalist" brethren except the "Earth First!" thugs. They have, for example staged a night-attack on the Zion, Ill., nuclear plant with flares and noise-producing explosives [AtE Nov 82]. Second, they are more blatantly political than the "respectable" impostors like the Audubon Society, suing over lack of environmental statements for the MX missile [AtE Feb 84], actively opposing the SDI, etc. But the third point is an interesting one: they are openly sup- ported by the Soviets. Greenpeace raised the whaling issue, which had tremendous funding appeal, and their inflatable speedboats Yet the Soviets treated them with leniency quite unusual for them. or example, they were given permission to dock their boat in Leningrad harbor in 1982 in order to participate in an antinuclear protest. When they distributed leaflets demanding the cessation of nuclear testing by BOTH the USSR and the US, they were merely put on board of their ship and towed out of the harbor. In 1983, after informing then Soviet ruler Y. Andropov, Green- peace's ship Rainbow Warrior entered Soviet water to within half a mile of the whaling center at Lorino. Three inflatable Zodiacs were launched and Greenpeace members went on shore to photograph whale meat being fed to minks on a mink farm. They were taken into custody by a unit of the Soviet army, but they and their boats were released four days later; the incident gained wide and loud publicity and lavish funds for Greenpeace. Nobody remarked on the strange difference between Greenpeace boats and Korean airliners violating Soviet fron- tiers. Nor did anybody remark on the difference a year ago when Mathias Rust was sentenced to four years in prison for violating Soviet fron- tiers all by himself and without taking any pictures (a serious crime in Soviet eyes). The big surprise came in September 1987, when the Soviet Commit- tee for the Defense of Peace -- the Soviet member of the World Peace Council (a blatant Soviet front) -- announced that it was launching a Soviet Greenpeace Committee [AtE Nov 87]. (In Russian, there is no difference between Green Peace and Green World; the latter was a mistranslation reported by the US press.) That the Soviets, the world's biggest and most ruthless industrial polluters, should give support to ANY environmental organization was startling; but that they should give it to one that has harassed their whalers since the 70s and that had staged a publicity stunt by invading Soviet territory is almost incredible. I am not yet ready to classify Greenpeace as a Soviet front. I do not doubt that the Soviets have their trusted contacts, observers, and perhaps even "agents of influence" in Greenpeace as they have in most international organization; but that does not necessarily mean that they are actually directing it as a front in the manner of, say, the World Peace Council. But I am not discounting such a possibility, either. Greenpeace is ideally suited to one of the main strategies of Soviet covert poli- cy, which is to "heighten chaos" (their actual expression as revealed by defectors from the KGB in congressional hearings) in the Western world. This the "environmental" organizations are doing very well all by themselves without the necessity of Soviet control. But if the Soviets did want to pick one of them for direct control, Greenpeace's politi- cal radicalism and bent for violence, along with their far-flung organization would make them the ideal choice. They will therefore bear watching on this account; but either way, their past record well qualifies them as inhabitants of this rat hole.
Return to the ground floor of this tower
Return to the Main Courtyard
Return to Fort Freedom's home page