5. PRESIDENT REAGAN AND THE FASCIST "WORLD ANTI-COMMUNIST
Members of the World Anti-Communist League (WACL) -- a right wing international
cartel of sorts -- include such luminaries as Ferdinand Marcos, Rev.
Sun Myung Moon, and Adolfo Calero, commander in chief of the armed forces
of the FDN contras. The WACL's roots go back to 1954 with the establishment
of the Asian People's Anti-Communist League. Today the WACL has grown
to six regional organizations with affiliates in more than 90 countries.
One of the most important people in the WACL is retired U.S. Major
General John Singlaub. Singlaub began his military and intelligence
career as an OSS member during World War II. In 1976, he became Chief
of Staff of both the United Nations and U.S. Army Forces in South Korea.
He was removed in 1977 after he publicly criticized President Jimmy
Carter's withdrawal of troops from Korea.
Singlaub joined WACL in 1980 and formed an American chapter called
the United States Council for World Freedom. Singlaub was elected president.
Singlaub has given the WACL credibility in several ways:
* President Reagan began calling the contras "freedom
fighters" in 1983, a term the WACL and others on the far right
have used for years.
* When U.S. Congress temporarily cut off Nicaraguan contra
funding in 1984, a group of various American conservative leaders
raised $25 million in private "contributions." Singlaub
and the WACL were at the center of the campaign.
* Several WACL members have been appointed as ambassadors
to the Bahamas, Costa Rica, and Guatemala by Reagan.
Then, at the 17th Annual WACL Conference, held in San Diego, California,
Singlaub read a letter which said in part, "The World Anti-Communist
League has long played a leadership role in drawing attention to the
gallant struggle now being waged by the true freedom fighters of our
day. Nancy and I send our best wishes for every future success."
The letter was signed by Ronald Reagan.
The WACL is so extreme -- according to Scott and Jon Lee Anderson who
wrote INSIDE THE LEAGUE, an expose' of the WACL -- that the John Birch
Society has shunned it and advises its members to do likewise. Geoffry
Stewart-Smith, a staunch British anti-communist, left the WACL because
it is "largely a collection of Nazis, fascists, anti-Semites, sellers
of forgeries, vicious racialists and corrupt self-seekers. It has evolved
into an anti-Semitic international ... the very existence of this organization
is a total disgrace to the free world."
UTNE READER, August /September 1986, "Moonies, Loonies, and Ronnie,"
by Eric Selbin, pp 14-15; BRIARPATCH, November 1986, "In League
With the Devil: The World Anti-Communist League," by George Martin
Manz, pp 14-15; ST. LOUIS JOURNALISM REVIEW, March 1987, INSIDE THE
LEAGUE, by Scott and Jon Lee Anderson, pp 16-17.