Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Their world collapsed...

This is an interesting story, about one moment in history:

And so, he was arguably one of the most important men of the twentieth century, for he was the person who obtained the advance text of Khrushchev’s Secret Speech, the one delivered in February, 1956, the one that laid out the crimes of Stalin for the leaders of the Soviet Communist Party. That text was a turning point in the Cold War. Grayevsky gave it to the Israeli Embassy, where it was copied and sent to Israel. The Shin Bet intelligence service delivered it by courier to James Jesus Angleton, the head of CIA counterintelligence (and the CIA’s liaison with the Israelis), who gave it to CIA chief Allen Dulles, who gave it to President Eisenhower.The speech made headlines around the world, and Khrushchev’s revelations were vigorously exploited by the United States, shocking the Communist faithful. ...

What I find particularly significant is the fact that it was a Jew, with the assistance of the Israeli Mossad, who was responsible for bringing to Americans the news about Stalin's crimes. The layers of irony, both past and present, of this fact, are too numerous to count.


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