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Clearly two important intelligence professionals had been making contact with each other, but the opportunity to exploit the episode had been lost. Much later, of course, these pieces of the jigsaw were fitted together to expose an espionage apparatus that could be described as one of the most successful of all time, with neither Guy Burgess, Donald Maclean, John Cairncross, Anthony Blunt, nor Kim Philby ever being apprehended, or serving a single day in prison for what can only be described as the most egregious, wholesale betrayal of their country.
Troops and interests out of Saudi Arabia and create there a caliphate, a single Islamic state. The second was to expel the “apostate rulers” out of the Middle East and create there “true” Islamic states. The final goal was to build a consortium of Islamic states capable of waging war with the United States and its allies. Thus the urge was primarily separatist—to get away from the Great Satan and its powerful influence, be it economic, political, or cultural. This meant that America had to be weakened; its troops, personnel and connections driven from the Middle East; Arab governments friendly and subservient to it overthrown.
Yet the mystery lingers: What happened there? Did Krivitsky shoot himself, or did someone “help” him along? He had forewarned his friends and even new acquaintances never to believe any newspaper report, should they see it, that he had committed suicide. Yet there he was. Like many another enigma in history, from the disappearance of Anastasia Romanova in 1919 to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963, or even to the suicide of White House Counsel Vincent Foster in 1993, the mystery can never be solved to everyone’s satisfaction.
A Death in Washington: Walter G. Krivitsky and the Stalin Terror by Gary Kern