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Re: Who did What to Whom

Posted by Thomas Nycroft on February 04, 2001 at 10:43:16:

In Reply to: Re: Who did What to Whom posted by Hugh F. on January 01, 2001 at 05:30:21:

Clearly, the US State Department knew where at least one of the Fields was, but did not tell Kate or Elsie Field as it should have. It surely could have accused Hungary without naming its source, but preferred not to, possibly to protect the source, but more likely so that the source could continue to destabilize the Communist bloc. This is consistent with its later behavior, where it had debriefed Swiatlo for eight months or more before announcing where the Fields were.
The question of why Noel was arrested is still a puzzle. It could have been done by the West in order to destabilize the Communist bloc, but that seems almost too clever. Consider this possible alternative:
After World War II, Britain and the US elite promoted anti-communism and the creation of the Cold War for various reasons of benefit to them. However, one can't control all the consequences of a policy, especially an evil one, as history has shown. (An example: Britain [and the Dulleses] gave financial support to Hitler in early 1933 so as to destroy both Germany's reputation and its incipient New Deal policies, and as a power balance to France -- which led later to the bombing of London.)
One goal of the Cold War was to strengthen international organizations. This was something that leftists like Alger Hiss believed in too. Similarly, the Cold Warrior elite also wanted to change the U.S. from a decentralized system to one that they could run more easily. Since Communism is a centralized system, they were willing to work with and use communists and leftists in pursuit of these goals.
Unfortunately for them, a Congressional Committee started investigating Alger Hiss, who had gone with FDR to Yalta and had been first Secretary of the UN as well as an apparent Soviet agent. Hiss was only two steps from Allen Dulles, being a close friend of Noel Field, who in turn was a long-time friend of Dulles. What would happen if Field was forced to testify before Congressman Nixon? Dulles had to be worried. He could well have "encouraged" Noel to get beyond the reach of the committee, in Czechoslovakia. Noel's wife Herta may have been right after all in thinking that Noel's disappearance had to do with the Committee hearings.
Once the move to Prague was in place, other possibilities opened up to Dulles and others, where Noel could be used to destabilize the communist bloc. And he was.
Remember that the Hiss case had nothing to do with the U.S. executive branch, unlike the trials of American Communists for violating the Smith Act. And Richard Nixon's whole career shows the intense love-hate ambivalence that the elite has had towards him as a person.
...Big trees from little acorns grow.

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