I dunno how many times I've linked to this
on these fora, but the US has certainly killed and wounded hundreds of civilians in bombings in Europe during the Cold War.
Operation Gladio: the CIA, the MI6 and secret services in each of the target countries (which meant every European country except the ones behind the Iron Curtain) set up sleeper cells to serve as stay-behind resistance groups in their country in case the Soviets conquered Europe.
Most of the groups were formed from former Nazi German and Italian agents that were trained to do the same thing against the Allied powers.
The Parliament of the target country was never informed; only the heads of state and Prime Ministers plus a few other top officials were aware of these operations.
When the Cold War stayed cold, the Gladio cells got new orders: to make sure that Socialist parties never won elections.
The softer means by which this was carried out included espionage and blackmail, kidnapping, assassination and fraud.
When that was not enough, the networks carried out terrorist attacks against their country and framed the Reds.
Examples include the Piazza Fontana bombing
that killed 17 and wounded 88 and the Piazza della Loggia bombing
, which killed 8 and wounded 90 people; both of these operations were carried out under NATO command in Italy, as was the kidnapping and assassination of former Prime Minister Aldo Moro and the planned but ultimately cancelled coup d'etat in 1964 called "Piano Solo"
; these were just examples from Italy, but such operations were also carried out in Spain, Germany and France, and other terrorist attacks but not bombings in other target countries.
All of this was revealed when Italy's then-Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti revealed the existence of the Gladio network to Italy's Parliament, which led to investigations in most European countries, though very few people were ultimately charged, mostly because intelligence networks adopted a policy of refusing to give information to the President and Parliament of their own country, instead destroying the files with the knowledge that copies of them existed in the UK and the US.
There's a book about this by Daniele Ganser, Senior Researcher at the Center for Security Studies at the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, named NATO's Secret Armies: Operation GLADIO and Terrorism in Western Europe
The US has already acknowledged that Operation Gladio was a real operation of theirs, but so far they haven't admitted the terrorist operations; instead, many of the officers in charge of these operations have come out and exposed this.
So the US certainly has killed civilians on purpose in countries with which they were allied. Sure, the actual operations were mostly carried out by the intelligence agencies of the target country, but the orders didn't come from their own institutions; instead, they came directly from Washington and London.
So if that's enough to justify retaliation (which it's not, if you ask me,) then, well, Italy has a right to blow up a couple of train stations in the US.
edited 23rd May '11 3:43:26 PM by BestOf
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