Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Statue Plan Starts Mini-Cold War in N.C.-- Part 1: "Operation Zebra"
From the March 30, 2018, Chicago Tribune "Statue plan starts mini-Cold War in one U.S. city" by Martha Waggoner.
During World War II, the United States and Soviet Union were allies and hundreds of Soviet aviators were trained on the North Carolina coast as part of a secret spy project, but now an effort to honor this project has set off a mini-Cold War in a small American city.
The Russian Ministry of Defense wants to pace a 25-ton bronze monument in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.
Much of the now declassified "Project Zebra" was carried out nearby. Russia will pay for the 13-foot tall monument and the city will pay for the development of the park on the bank of the Pasquotank River.
But with the international tensions and fears of Russian hacking of U.S. elections, Elizabeth City officials have rejected the plan.