“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.
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.
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.