Haig Assassination Attempt
June 25th 1979
The Commando Andreas Baader 
of the Red Army Faction claims responsibility for the attempted
assassination of General Alexander Haig .
On June 25, 1979, the Commando Andreas Baader launched a bomb attack
against the Commander-In-Chief of NATO, US General Alexander Haig. Let
us explain why we aimed this action at Haig personally, and why we
We had dug a six foot long trench under the street of a bridge on the
route to Haig's residence at NATO Headquarters and buried the payload
(50 lbs. of
plastic explosives) approximately l 1/2 inches below the surface. The
stretched over a 650 foot long electric cable, to be triggered at the
when the front door of Haig’s Mercedes reached the point where the
was. We had determined previously that the car traveled 2 meters in a
of a second. Our error was that we thought we could manually trigger
explosion quickly and precisely when the target point was reached.
We carried out this action because Haig represents and executes, in a
particularly precise way, the "new course" or "modified style" of
What has changed since the political and military defeat of the US in
Vietnam is that instead of US aggression decreasing, it is increasing.
The people of the world are confronted with a new American offensive,
which also marks a qualitative leap forward in the development of the
between the forces of revolution and the forces of counter-revolution;
as we have already said: the worldwide revolutionary process is the
encirclement of the metropoles by the people of the hinterland.
With the victorious liberation of Southeast Asia and Africa, the front
is moving nearer to the center; it is coming closer to the metropoles
and is making the tactical and strategic retreat of US imperialism
inevitable. In other words, the so-called "displacement of the
strategically critical points" is towards West Europe.
What Haig calls the "modified style" requests from the West European
States, which, meanwhile, are integrated into the "Euro-project",
directed by the Federal Republic of Germany, nothing other than that
they be the final functionaries for the US global strategy: "Europe can
no longer afford to only be an observer standing on the side of the
What Haig means by that is the French and Moroccan invasion , with US
help, of the Shaba Province, Zaire, and Africa; the French invasion of
the Central African nation of Chad; the next expedition into the Arab
Gulf; and the direct military aggression by the mercenary client States
ruled by the US in various "crisis zones" for the vital interest of
The concrete steps of Haig’s politics of reinforcement (in his function
as NATO Chief) were put into practice with the help of the Federal
Republic of Germany.
Those steps were taken in preparation for the "half war stage" in order
to have European States firmly under control and to build up the FRG as
the most aggressive US base.
This means having overpowering nuclear weapons, having a gradually
increasing presence of American troops, as if the entire country were
one big barracks.
The function of the FRG is to police the situation on the borders of
NATO and in countries in the Middle East and Africa, for example. It
functions as an iron collar on neighboring countries.
It means that the social democratic project of covert warfare has
already broken down because the measures against the RAF failed; now
Schmidt’s social liberal government is internationally known as an
outspoken and open war-making Party.
Schmidt’s  whole problem is the
tightrope balancing act between the "Model West Germany" and the German
reality. Remember in 1973 Brandt 
missed his step too.
Schmidt is in a jam, because in a publication from the Pentagon in 1977
he openly talked about the strategy of "flexible responses" and what it
means to Germany: "In a limited European war, perhaps 5 million dead in
Germany". All to protect the American homeland. This is the price the
German Social Democratic Party pays to stay in power.
This jam is only a symbol of the total dependence of the FRG that we
Since we have existed, NATO has developed its program against the armed
resistance of the Red Army Faction, with NATO directing the execution
the imprisoned cadre in West Germany. There also exists the order to
shoot in the head those who fight against the State in the streets.
It is clear that in order for the FRG to function in the imperialist
offensive, every revolutionary group or movement "whose activities are
directed against the interests of the federation" must be destroyed.
And by this they mean everyone who understands and fights in an
anti-imperialist and international context.
The only question is: What are we to do? How must we - the forces on
the side of the revolution - deal with these times.
It remains a fact that US imperialism continues to be the enemy and the
death of humankind.
Commando Andreas Baader - Red Army Faction
SMASH US IMPERIALISM AND ITS BASES ALL OVER THE WORLD!
ORGANIZE ARMED RESISTANCE!
BUILD THE ANTI-IMPERIALIST FRONT IN THE METROPOLE!
SOLIDARITY WITH THE PALESTINIAN RESISTANCE... THE RESISTANCE AGAINST
THE IMPERIALIST "FINAL SOLUTION"!
SOLIDARITY WITH THE ANTI-IMPERIALIST RESISTANCE IN TURKEY!
Commando Andreas Baader
Red Army Faction - June 25th 1979
 Andreas Baader - founding member of the RAF,
murdered in prison in 1977. [return to text]
N.B. All footnotes in this document were
added by the translator and editor. None are originally from the RAF.
 Alexander Haig was Supreme Allied Commander
Europe (SACEUR), hence the ex officio commander of the NATO forces,
from 1974 to 1979. He would later be Secretary of State under Ronald
Reagan from 1981 to
1982. [return to text]
 Helmut Schmidt - leading Social Democrat and
head of the Social Democratic government. [return to text]
 Willi Brandt - leading figure in Second
International and Party President of the Social Democratic Party,
architect of the "Model West Germany", a concept of total technological
control to combat dissent. [return to text]