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The Sudden & Convenient Death of Joerg Haider


By George Kadar

Slippery are the roads of Carinthia in Austria but the politics of healthy nationalism are more difficult to negotiate. Joerg Haider was an outspoken, successful politician in Austria for decades before he took the short drive that ended his life on October 12, just after midnight.

Some question the official finding of “accident.” His unique, personable and open approach made him a successful politician in Austria who carried his Freedom Party to great success in 1999. In a sudden outburst of support his party received 30 percent of the votes, opening Haider’s way into mainstream politics and cabinet positions.


The reaction of the European Union and the U.S. was swift and radical. It was made clear that Haider and his fellow Austrians had reached the natural limits of “democracy” and the voters made a mistake. Austria was openly threatened with political and economic boycott.

Haider was forced from the helm of his own party but he remained a successful politician—the governor—in his home province of Carinthia.

Haider was a leading character in European populist, nationalist politics. He had a major role in the process that resulted in the loss of full domination of the establishment, neo-con parties in the UK, France, Hungary, Ireland, etc.

Haider kept working for the greater good of his country and in September of 2008 his new party, Alliance for the Future of Austria, received 11 percent of the votes in the parliamentary elections. At the same time the Freedom Party received 17.5 percent, giving the two of them a voice in the formation of the new government.

Josef Proell, head of the People’s Party with 25.61 percent of the votes, stated that the close cooperation of the three parties was a possibility and the creation of this bloc could be a dominant force in Austrian politics.

The reaction was swift: “We are very concerned about the increased power of people who promote hatred of foreigners and holocaust denial and support neo-Nazis,” said Israel’s Foreign Ministry spokesman, Yigal Palmor. “We consider this a disturbing development and are following the matter with great attention.”

At the same time the worldwide financial disaster was erupting. Haider, as always, clearly recognized that the Achilles heel—the most vulnerable point of the NWO is the central bank system. Sixteen days before his death, on a TV interview, he called the various central banks of the Western World a “mafia,” a criminal gang. The writing was on the wall: It was clear what was coming to the “mafia” in a government where Haider would operate from the inside.

Haider’s whole political career was bumping along from road block to road block. There were always forces hiding in the dark, trying to push him off the road. One of his own top aides, Peter Sichrovsky, a member of the Austrian Jewish community, said he had been a Mossad informant for five years until retiring from politics in 2002.

“I wanted to help Israel and certainly did not do anything wrong,” said Sichrovsky, who was secretary-general of Haider’s Freedom party and a member of the European Parliament. Austria opened an investigation, stating that Sichrovsky’s services could bring him several years in jail.

On the night of Oct. 11 while he was driving home on a wide, almost straight road his top-of-the-line VW Phaeton (Sun Chariot) momentarily left the road on the right side, nicked a concrete road marker and was steered back on the road. About 300 feet later the car left the road again, broke a road sign and was steered back, and continue on the road with no serious damage. Three hundred or 400 feet later the car left the road—a third time—at a high speed and was overturned, killing the driver.

The fact that Haider was able to bring the car back to the road a second time shows that he was an able driver at the time. Even if he was intoxicated (as many reports suggested) he must have stepped on the brakes, this is an automatic, human reflex. There was easily two times the space he needed to stop his car before it started to roll—if his brakes were working properly.

On  the other hand, the car’s speed if anything increased although there were no signs of rolling or sliding on the road. The only logical conclusion seems to be that Haider was not in full control of the car he was driving.

The automobile had a top rated brake system. Peter Thul, a spokesman from VW, said they will investigate the car as soon as possible and the only way somebody could have manipulated the car’s computer was if he had possession of the key. (The car was in service less than 24 hours before the incident.)

The only witness to the accident is a woman of mystery who disappeared; nobody was able to contact her. She was driving in a separate car that was passed by Haider prior to his death.

The state apparatus stepped in and declared that the investigation of the car was finished after two days. As one a civil servant said: “The specter of thousands, or even tens of thousands, of his supporters marching on Carinthia to say farewell to him would be as unwelcome as it would be dangerous.”

At the funeral of Joerg Haider 30,000 people paid their respects in Klagenfurt. He left his two adult daughters, his wife, and his 90-year-old mother. He was told: “Rest in peace Jörg Haider, your work will be carried on by others.

The Political Career of Joerg Haider:

Outspoken Nationalist Joerg Haider (1950-2008) was a nationalist and populist Austrian politician. He was governor of Carinthia and chairman of the “Alliance for the Future of Austria” (Buendnis Zukunft Oesterreich, BZO).

Haider was a long-time leader of the Austrian Freedom Party (FPO). Although he stepped down as the FPO’s chairman in 2000, he remained its major figure until he founded the BZO in April 2005. He was subsequently expelled from the FPO by its interim leader, Hilmar Kabas.

He was controversial within Austria and abroad for his alleged “provocative praise of the Nazi era,” and the United States State Department criticized Haider for comments that “could be interpreted as xenophobic or anti-Semitic.”

Haider died in a car accident shortly after leading the BZO in the Austrian parliamentary elections. Austrian President Heinz Fischer said of Haider’s death that it was a “human tragedy.” Reactions in the press were mixed. Wolfgang Fellner, publisher of Oesterreich, wrote: “I have fought bitterly” with Joerg Haider, but “finally, Haider became a gentle, considerate, almost wise politician.” Haider “died as he lived: always full-throttle,” Fellner concluded.

But Ernst Trost pointed out in the Kronen Zeitung that Haider had “ever again . . . provoked opposition.” The chief editor of Kurier, Christoph Kotanko, wrote that “. . . Haider’s criticism of the dominant conditions of the 1980s and 1990s was partly also justified,” and he had “named, fought and in part also changed” those conditions.


George Kadar is a Hungarian national living in England. He acts as one of AFP’s European bureau chiefs. He has long been an activist for global freedom of speech and an advocate for imprisoned “thought criminals.”

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