The Inauguration of Organized Political Warfare: Cold War Organizations Sponsored by the National Committee for a Free Europe/Free Europe Committee

The Inauguration of Organized Political Warfare: Cold War Organizations Sponsored by the National Committee for a Free Europe/Free Europe Committee

The Inauguration of Organized Political Warfare: Cold War Organizations Sponsored by the National Committee for a Free Europe/Free Europe Committee

The Inauguration of Organized Political Warfare: Cold War Organizations Sponsored by the National Committee for a Free Europe/Free Europe Committee

Synopsis

The National Committee for a Free Europe was a US government sponsored organization between 1949 and 1971. Its mission was to wage organized political warfare against Soviet Expansionism, with Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty as the two most well known divisions.

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“The National Committee for a Free Europe is engaged in active
ideological warfare against communism and soviet totalitarianism.”
ncfe, Inc. Secretary Frederic Dolbeare, May 15, 1952

At war while at peace

Sixty-eight years after the end of World War II, it seems fitting to begin to examine more thoroughly the other, more unconventional war, the psychological war for “men’s minds” that shortly was to follow the armistice. Termed the “Cold War”, it was fought with great intensity by all sides while the world was at “peace”. It pitted the Soviet Union and the world wide Communist movement against the forces of democracy led by the United States in a propaganda war that lasted the better part of four decades. This Cold War between the two world superpowers was at the peak of its intensity during the first decade after its inception, having been fueled by the realization by the United States that one conflict had, to a degree, been replaced by another and by the ideological fervor of the anti-communist movement in the United States.

The Cold War sprang from the realization by the West that the political vacuum created by the Axis defeat was quickly being filled by the Soviet Union and the world wide Communist movement, and that this represented a very real threat to the survival of democracies, particularly in politically fragile areas of the Far East, the Indian sub-continent . . .

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