Yalta Conference

By William Markiewicz

A few days ago there was a program about Roosevelt on American TV. Up to now, I hadnít considered this topic a subject for reflection; the content didn't inspire my sympathy. I saw the Nazis as butchers of humans on an unprecedented scale. The Allies united against the Nazis had a less than friendly attitude toward the fate of the principal victim -- the Jews. Iíve written about it in the past. The Diaspora Jews displayed a unique lack of self-defence. This alone could enhance the predatorsí taste for blood. The western Allies, perhaps tired of the War, showed little determination toward Stalin who was certainly even more tired of War. Stalin, for security at his frontiers, wanted post-war Europe divided in half by what became the Iron Curtain. Roosevelt and Churchill could have given an easy rebuttal: "The Baltic countries, Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, were your allies, but Poland and Czechoslovakia were never pro-Nazi or anti-Communist, they were Democrats like us. So, we cannot give them as a gift to you: they have a right to their freedom like all of us." Stalin would not have insisted. General Patton, strongly anti-Communist, wanted to attack the Soviet Union right away, but the West was really too tired, and believed in peace and harmony. I don't think that the West should have attacked, but peace would have been more profitable and the Iron Curtain not so iron if Stalin had agreed to such requirements.

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