BRITISH intelligence services created Fascism, it seems.
Said a report in The Guardian on October 13: "Archived documents have revealed that Mussolini got his start in politics in 1917 with the help of a £100 weekly wage from MI5.
"For the British intelligence agency, it must have seemed like a good investment. Mussolini, then a 34-year-old journalist, was not just willing to ensure Italy continued to fight alongside the allies in the first world war by publishing propaganda in his paper. He was also willing to send in the boys to "persuade'' peace protesters to stay at home.
"Mussolini's payments were authorised by Sir Samuel Hoare, an MP and MI5's man in Rome, who ran a staff of 100 British intelligence officers in Italy at the time."
This news has generally been regarded as a bit of a joke, but the implications could hardly be more serious.
This came at a time before Mussolini had even invented Fascism. Let's look at that quote again: "Mussolini got his start in politics in 1917 with the help of a £100 weekly wage from MI5."
In other words, Fascism would possibly not have existed at all without British intelligence input.
And, of course, Hitler was inspired by the Italian example in creating his German version of Fascism, so that can be put down to MI5 as well - a heavy historical burden to shoulder.
The early Nazis is Germany played a similar role to the Fascists, and their British-sponsored attacks on anti-war protesters in Italy. Proto-nazis played a key role in putting down the German Revolution for example.
After the Second World War, British and American intelligence were involved in another secret campaign to combat radicals across Europe, with the Gladio network of far-right terror cells across the continent, under the excuse of preparing for possible Soviet aggression.
There is a definite pattern here...