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Newsgroups: can.politics
Subject: [14/18] The Libyan Connection
Summary: The League for Human Rights (B'nai Brith Canada) 1994
         report on the extremist organization The Heritage

Last-Modified: 1995/11/30

                   The Libyan Connection

An alliance between White racists and an Arab leader seems a 
strange confederation. However, according to Warren Kinsella in 
his book Unholy Alliances, Libyan leader Muammar Qadhafi has 
forged alliances with both extremist right-wing and left-wing 
groups from Europe, the United States, and Canada. These groups 
include the PLO, the IRA, the Nation of Islam, the American 
Indian Movement, and members of Don Andrews' Nationalist Party 
of Canada. While their political beliefs often clash, many of 
Qadhafi's extremist associates subscribe to the basic tenets 
of anti-Semitism. These include virulent opposition to the 
existence of the State of Israel, a belief in an international 
Jewish conspiracy, and a skepticism regarding, if not an 
outright denial of, the Holocaust.  

Because of the Nationalist Party's positive stance toward the 
Arab world, in 1987 some Nationalist Party members were invited 
to a 4-day "peace conference" in Tripoli, organized by Qadhafi. 
The NPOC received a grant from Qadhafi at that time. In 
September 1989, 16 Nationalist Party members, (including Nicola 
Polinuk and Wolfgang Droege, as well as two other present 
Heritage Front members, James Dawson and Peter Mitrevski) were 
invited to a celebration marking Qadhafi's 20-year reign. The 
idea for the formation of the Heritage Front apparently came 
about on this trip. According to one source, Droege himself has 
been part of 4 trips to Libya since 1987. In Unholy Alliances, 
Don Andrews was quoted as saying that the Libyans paid for the 
Nationalist Party's plane tickets, feasted them while in Libya, 
and has given the Party small interest-free loans.  

While it would appear strange that Muammar Qadhafi would enlist 
the support of White supremacists and neo-Nazis, upon further 
examination, the reasoning becomes clear. For a modest amount of 
money, members of far-right groups can be used as willing 
mercenaries who will fight for Qadhafi's Third Position, an 
ideology which is anti-capitalist, anti-communist, and anti-
lsrael. Qadhafi also strongly believes in separating the races 
of the world, a stance which has been taken by many White 
supremacist groups, including Droege's. In a January 1988 
speech to members of the American Indian Movement, Qadhafi spoke 
of the creation of separate "states" in North America for 
different races. This idea of segregation, along with the 
anti-capitalist, anti-communist, anti-lsrael Third Position 
stance, is far from alien to the Heritage Front. The possibility 
of a link between Qadhafi and Droege, and thus between Libya and 
the Heritage Front, should not be underplayed.  

The League for Human Rights of B'nai Brith Canada, 15 Hove
Street, Downsview, Ontario M3H 4Y8. 416-633-6224.

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