Originally posted by bill718
Yes indeed, in fact this was the basis of the movie The Day of the Jackal (released in 1973 I believe) The OAS hired a contract killer to kill de Gaulle, and almost succeeded. I'll never forget the first thing the OAS leader told the hired killer "we're not terrorists you understand, we are patriots!" This sounds a great deal like the right wing rhetoric I hear today.
_Target de Gaulle_ by Pierre Demaret describes the OAS's many attempts to assassinate Charles de Gaulle.
The OAS followed a political strategy aimed to appeal to Western racism and hypocrisy.
One OAS tactic was to commit some exceptionally brutal atrocities against Arabs or
Berbers in Algeria, hoping to provoke the FLN (who were fighting for Algeria's independence)
to retaliate in kind (or even much less so) against white French settlers ('pied-noirs' ) .
Then the OAS would triumphantly point to the evidence of some FLN killings of white
French civilians as its supposed proof that all Algerians seeking independence from
France were subhuman 'savages' (they were Muslims, right?) who never could be
trusted to be 'civilized' and must be crushed mercilessly.
As I recall, there were some incidents in which OAS men seized Arab Muslim children,
doused them with petrol, and set them on fire, making them into 'human torches', while
cheering white French settlers (the 'pied noirs' tended to be extremely racist) watched.
This was intended to provoke the children's families into mindless retaliation in kind.
But the FLN had a code of discipline and it had warned Algeria's Arab and Berber
communities *not* to take individual revenge against the French *without explicit orders*.
So the murdered children's families were ordered to do nothing more than grieve and
wait until the moment when it would become certain that the French would leave Algeria.
Israel strongly opposed Algeria (or any other Arab people) gaining independence,
and there are some reports that Israel may have given some secret aid to the OAS.