Did Cold War fears lay the foundations for Ergenekon?
Reality is often more deadly than anything dreamed up in a novel:
What was the inspiration for the name Gladio? It was named after a small stabbing knife used by the gladiators; this knife would produce a superficial wound with a lot of blood. It would not finish off the opponent quickly, and thus finish the contest, but it would terrify and prolong the entertainment for the crowds. A spymaster explains it to Dark: “They are not interested in killing many innocent people — but they want to terrify many people, with a superficial but spectacularly bloody wound.”
In preparation for his novel Duns read through pages and pages of classified documents now released under the time-lapse rules. Sadly his research on İstanbul is less accurate: he has our hero driving a jeep across the Galata Bridge from Pera and continuing on by land to İzmit. Even if he had accurately identified the Bosporus Bridge as connecting the two continents, that wasn’t built until some 20 years after the action took place.
This does no more than put a small dent in an otherwise well researched and documented set of guesses. In the notes at the end of the novel, Duns points out that “the existence of British stay-behind network and their offshoots had been publicized prior to Andreotti’s statement” — here referring to an admission by the Italian prime minister in 1990 that Gladio was part of a secret NATO operation.