The 1980’s witnessed the twilight years of the Cold War. Beneath the surface, centers of power were being consolidated, strange bed fellows met in secret, and intelligence officers dug in their heels following a type of sunk cost fallacy which would lead them to believe that the Cold War would continue forever. One of the darkest chapters of this era involves so-called stay-behind networks in Europe trained by the CIA, and allegedly, by 10th Special Forces Group on the island of Sardinia.
During this timeframe, there existed both so-called black and red terrorism. Bombings, kidnappings, and assassinations were carried out by urban guerrillas on both extremes of the political spectrum. However, the most controversial thesis is that both black and red terrorists were manipulated by the same puppet masters. Enter Gladio, a covert stay-behind network of anti-communist saboteurs in Italy. While the entire European stay-behind network is often called by the Italian code-name Gladio, each country had its own code name, some of which remain unknown to this day.
A new clue has emerged from the tiny country of Belgium, confirming what has long been suspected by some researchers. In the early ’80s the Nivelles Gang terrorized Brussels, committing a string of robberies and murders. The crimes were bizarre to say the least. The three killers were dubbed by the media as The Giant, The Killer, and The Old Man. They only stole small sums of money from grocery stores and the like, wore strange face paint and disguises, the murdered civilians (including children) without remorse. All told, 28 people were murdered in low-level robberies. Why risk a murder charge for petty cash? It was as if the medium was the message, the crimes themselves were the point, not the money. They wanted to gain the public’s attention, just as communist and fascist terrorists did in Italy. This was not crime, but political terrorism.
Without any clues as to the identity of the killers of the motive, there was left a void. Upon that void, a political agenda could be grafted onto the consciousness of the public.