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Offline Richard Rubio

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Middle Eastern Interventions in Africa: Did Nasser Have a Hand in Dag Hammarskjöld’s Death?

A U.N. investigative report, submitted to the General Assembly on September 5, 2017, has rekindled long dormant allegations that the September 1961 death of U.N. secretary-general Dag Hammarskjöld in a mysterious plane crash was not the result of a tragic accident but of a political assassination.[1] Hammarskjöld was on his way to Ndola in the former Rhodesia, to mediate a solution to the 1960s Congo crisis. While the report did not identify the likely culprits, it nevertheless sought additional information from the “usual suspects”—the former colonial powers in the region (e.g., Belgium, Britain, and France) and the rival superpowers in the Cold War, in which the Congo crisis was implicated.
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Clashes between Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser and U.N. secretary-general Dag Hammarskjöld over a host of issues, from the Palestinian refugee problem to the Congo civil war, suggest Nasser’s possible implication in Hammarskjöld’s mysterious death. Here, Hammarskjöld is buried in Uppsala, Sweden, where he was raised.

But there is another possible culprit, who has surprisingly evaded scrutiny: Gamal Abdel Nasser. The ferocious clashes between the Egyptian president and Hammarskjöld over a host of contested issues, from the Palestinian refugee problem to the Congo civil war, against the backdrop of Nasser’s hegemonic ambitions, suggest his possible implication in the secretary-general’s mysterious death.

Tragic Accident or Political Assassination?


No sooner had Hammarskjöld’s airplane crashed on the night of September 17-18, 1961, than the allegation of a premeditated assassination was made by none other than former U.S. president Harry Truman. “Dag Hammarskjöld was on the point of getting something done when they killed him,” he told The New York Times a day after the disaster. “Notice that I said, ‘When they killed him.’”[2]

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The 1950s-JFK era basically is some fascinating history, then, it got all too real with the Vietnamese war.

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Offline Byron Allen Black

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Your comment reminded me of an amusing spook-task around that time: the CIA (& whoever else) was very intent on finding out whether Nasser was suffering from kidney failure (a surprisingly common ailment among 'strong men' which nailed Sukarno and Marcos, among others), so they finagled a way to tap a urinal he would likely use, to get a sample of his pee to analyze.

Imagine being assigned to such 'prestige duty'. In Islamic Egypt yet.

In the event Nasser, who always had a grey pallor and looked like warmed-over death, bought the farm from a heart attack.

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