Conspiracies are Hatched

“There can be no middle ground here. We shall have to take the responsibility for world collaboration, or we shall have to bear the responsibility for another world conflict.”  … Roosevelt’s words ring hollow through history considering what happened after Yalta.  Congress agreed with FDR’s assessment of the Crimean accords, but the next world conflict was already under way.  Historians have tried to connect the dots over the last 69 years- many connections have yet to be convincingly made…conspiracy has filled the voids.  

"Of course I believe in a free Poland...come now, let's smoke"

“Of course I believe in a free Poland…come now, let’s smoke”

Stalin clearly benefited from the agreement… as much of the groundwork for the Eastern Bloc was laid during the negotiations.  How could Roosevelt and Churchill  allow Stalin to have his way on a majority of the issues?  If we believe Churchill’s self-described deference to Roosevelt,  something(or someone) influenced the decision making.  Questions about FDR’s health are at the source of many conspiracies:   Was he too weak to deal with the diplomatic rigors? Did knowledge of his mortality cloud his judgement during negotiations? Was he willing to grant a great deal to Stalin to secure what he considered to be his legacy, the United Nations?    The lack of written evidence, combined with basic deduction has led many an amateur historian down the conspiratorial path.

Liberal hero; Soviet spy- ALES

Liberal hero; Soviet spy- ALES

Most historians now concede that Alger Hiss… was not simply an American Communist, but in fact, a Soviet agent.   Hiss was a member of the US delegation to Yalta.  He arranged some of the papers used during the negotiations.  Conspiracy theorists do not have to leap too far in linking Hiss to the outcome at Yalta.  Records indicate that Hiss had a minor role(at best) during the negotiations.  But, to conspiracy theorists, lack of written evidence is never a deterrent.



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3 responses to “Conspiracies are Hatched

  1. Sometimes people who question official representations of an incident are instantly derided as “conspiracy theorists.” Some people are crazy of course, but in argument labeling all people who question what’s officially doled out as nut jobs is an easy way out. A lot of things like “the government is watching us” have turned out to be true. We should always have a healthy skepticism–history has proven that it’s not too hard to pull the wool over people’s eyes.

  2. NEO

    All of those are valid points, and may have some bearing on the case.

    I’m still convinced though that they were convinced they needed the Soviet Union to defeat Japan. Remember we were estimating 1,000,000 American casualties in the invasion of Honshu alone, and nobody really knew if the bomb was deliverable or would work on the Japanese. I think Occam’s razor applies to this one, mostly anyway.

  3. The Yalta business is quite simple really. Hitler invaded as much of Europe as he could get, including Soviet Russia. When the Red Army defeated his invasion, Stalin found himself in occupation of most of Eastern Europe, To
    recover or liberate these countries, FDR would have had to start another war. Stalin was, as it turned out, free to kill off all Poles who had any education – those that Hitler had missed. And he was able to do it without western countries knowing anything provable.
    Also , the US generals were desperately anxious to close down the land war against Japan, which, as your correspondent Neo says.

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