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  • Yalta summit divides Europe, again

    05/02/2012 11:38:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 02 May 2012
    A summit of the presidents of Central European countries due in Yalta, Ukraine, on 11-12 May, will be attended by some EU leaders and boycotted by others, EurActiv has learned. Ironically, Yalta is a symbol of the division of Europe during the Cold War, following the February 1945 meeting there between Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin. At least four EU countries will boycott the Black Sea resort meeting. German media reported on 26 April that the country's new President Joachim Gauck canceled a trip to Ukraine this month amid worries about the health of imprisoned opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko. Then Czech...
  • Obama to the World: Damn America, Full Speed Ahead

    04/14/2010 8:04:43 AM PDT · by UltraConservative · 5 replies · 668+ views
    Creators Syndicate ^ | 4-14-10 | Ben Shapiro
    In February 1945, three world leaders -- FDR, Stalin and Churchill -- gathered in Yalta, in Crimea, to discuss the fate of post-war Europe. At that conference, FDR signed away half of Germany, all of Poland, enslavement of the German population to the Soviet Union. While the conference suggested that liberated countries would be granted free elections, no enforcement mechanism was put in place, so the Soviets effectively annexed every piece of land they occupied. FDR insisted he had not been duped. "Poor Neville Chamberlain believed he could trust Hitler," FDR said days after the conference. "He was wrong. But...
  • Spies in Aberdeen? Story is just plain weird

    07/05/2009 11:52:06 AM PDT · by ancientart · 4 replies · 549+ views
    Aberdeen American News ^ | July 5, 2009 | Donna Marmorstein
    To think that Boris and Natasha lived right here in South Dakota, and we didn't even know it! Recently, Walter Kendall Myers and Gwendolyn Steingraber-Trebilcock-Myers - a couple who once lived in Aberdeen - were arrested for spying. The news rocked the nation. Well, actually, the nation immediately forgot the story. Still, South Dakota hasn't forgotten. It's not every day suspected spies are found traipsing through your own neighborhood. The espionage likely started after they left Aberdeen, but you still wonder if that abandoned shopping cart you saw in aisle 8 of Kessler's might have contained a coded message. The...
  • Poland Fears Betrayal

    03/23/2009 5:53:49 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies · 2,279+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | March 23, 2009
    Alliances: The U.S. has expressed a willingness to barter away missile defense sites in Poland and the Czech Republic. Now the Polish foreign minister says he hopes his country doesn't regret trusting the United States.The Brussels Forum is a privately organized high-level meeting of the most influential North American and European political, corporate and intellectual leaders to address pressing challenges currently facing both sides of the Atlantic. One of the pressing issues discussed at this year's conference was whether the U.S. is serious about bartering away plans for missile defense sites in Poland and the Czech Republic in exchange for...
  • Operation Unthinkable: 'Russia: Threat to Western Civilization'

    10/16/2007 12:53:01 AM PDT · by Mount Athos · 33 replies · 46+ views
    British War Cabinet, Joint Planning Staff (via NR's "The Corner") ^ | May 22, 1945 | British War Cabinet, Joint Planning Staff
    As the Second World War drew to a close, Churchill asked the British chiefs of staff a simple question: What would it take to impose upon Russia the will of the United States and Great Britain? Their answer: More than we’ve got. (Link to 37 declassified pages, jpeg format)
  • Germans demand compensation from Poland over war losses (see pictures)

    12/15/2006 11:52:25 AM PST · by lizol · 99 replies · 3,392+ views
    Irish Examiner ^ | 15/12/2006
    Germans demand compensation from Poland over war losses A German group has filed claims against Poland with a European court over property lost in the aftermath of World War II, a member said today. The Prussian Claims Society, which represents some Germans who were expelled from Poland after the war ended, filed the complaint with the European Court of Human Rights, the society’s deputy leader Gerwald Stanko said. “Twenty-two individual complaints have gone to the European Court of Human Rights,” Stanko said. He said the aim was to secure either compensation or the return of property. The Prussian Claims Society...
  • Farah Says, "We Got Kerry Anyway!"

    06/09/2006 6:08:26 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 35 replies · 1,877+ views
    WND.com ^ | 06-09-06 | Farah, Joseph
    We got Kerry anyway! -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Posted: June 9, 2006 1:00 a.m. Eastern © 2006 WorldNetDaily.com When it appeared I would not and could not endorse President Bush for re-election in 2004, many of my friends – even my own wife – suggested to me that, if I refused to vote as I had in 2000, I would share some personal responsibility for John Kerry becoming our next commander in chief. I must say, it was a compelling argument. I found Kerry to be one of the most detestable human beings ever to walk planet Earth. He was a liar, he...
  • Allies' grandsons defend Yalta

    10/02/2005 7:12:17 AM PDT · by decimon · 32 replies · 478+ views
    CNN ^ | October 1, 2005 | REUTERS
    MAASTRICHT, The Netherlands (Reuters) -- Grandsons of the three World War II allied leaders who attended the 1945 Yalta conference met for the first time on Saturday and defended the talks which some have blamed for triggering the Cold War. With the German army in retreat and Hitler's vision of a Nazi-controlled continent in tatters, Josef Stalin, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill met at the Black Sea resort to decide how to occupy Germany and reorganise Europe into spheres of influence.
  • Questions remain over Yalta's legacy

    09/04/2005 10:52:51 AM PDT · by lizol · 10 replies · 468+ views
    BBC News ^ | 4 September 2005 | Gavin Esler
    Questions remain over Yalta's legacy By Gavin Esler Presenter, Six Places That Changed The World When did World War II end? The question is deceptively simple. If you are British, American, German, Japanese, French or Italian, then you undoubtedly would answer, without hesitation, in 1945. But if you happen to be Estonian, Latvian or Lithuanian, then you would answer as Mart Laar, twice a prime minister of Estonia does: "It ended only when the last Russian soldier left my country." That puts the end of World War II as 1994. In a series of programmes based on places that have...
  • Mona Charen LIVE*Campus Report*Latinos up for Grabs*FDR's Yalta Failure* Fri 6-10 on RIGHTALK

    06/10/2005 1:36:34 AM PDT · by Bob J · 704+ views
    RIGHTALK.com ^ | 6-10-05 | Bob J
    Listen While You Freep! All programs are replayed for 23 hours and again on weekends so tune in when it’s convenient for YOU! Call In Number - 866-884-TALK (8255) Heating the EDGE of a New Media! 1pm EST - : Paul Weyrich interviews Mona Charen about her latest book, "Do-gooders: How Liberals Hurt Those They Claim to Help (and the Rest of Us)". Get a fresh perspective on exactly why it is that the bad guys truly are the bad guys. 2pm EST – The Campus Report with Mal Kline and Accuracy in Academia 3pm EST - Our borders are...
  • 'No One's Liberty Is Expendable': Bush remembers WWII in his distinctive way

    05/23/2005 6:02:33 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 1 replies · 338+ views
    National Review ^ | May 23, 2005 | John O'Sullivan
    London; Prague; Budapest – Central and Eastern Europe is a good vantage point from which to judge President Bush's recent visit to Moscow for the anniversary of VE Day — and the resulting debate over Yalta and the value of his democracy project. After all, Prague and Warsaw were the flashpoints that prepared and ignited World War II. Britain and France declared war on Germany in September 1939 because the German army had crossed the Polish borders the Allies had guaranteed six months earlier (in response to Hitler's seizure of the rump of Czechoslovakia). Poland was one of the four...
  • Yalta Agreement: Apology Yearned for Over the Years

    05/23/2005 4:28:06 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 11 replies · 555+ views
    National Ledger ^ | May 23, 2005 | Paul M. Weyrich
    PI grew up in an ethnic neighborhood in which most of our neighbors were from Eastern Europe. The couple next door was from Slovakia. They did not want to be identified with Czechoslovakia even 30 years after the forced merger of those two countries, which today again are separate countries. The folks up the street were from Ukraine. It was from them that I learned not to say THE Ukraine. Their relatives were killed by Stalin. A Lithuanian family also lived in our neighborhood. In 1956 a family from Hungary moved into our neighborhood after having fled for their lives...
  • The Tragic Reign of a Democrat Icon-FDR - (historical facts liberal Democrats can not refute!)

    05/22/2005 3:48:42 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 3 replies · 619+ views
    DICKMcDONALD BLOGSPOT.COM ^ | MAY 22, 2005 | DICK McDONALD
    I lived through the reign of Democrat icon Franklin Delano Roosevelt. His reign lasted from 1932 to 1994 when Republicans finally succeeded in wresting Congress from FDR's legacy. A legacy that worked for a uneducated, uninformed cabal of voters who blamed a Republican president for a flameout of the business cycle in 1929 as if no Democrats were involved in that debacle. History will not be kind to FDR. His Democrat apologists in the MSM will be dead, and the bare facts will remain. FDR's presidency was an economic disaster. He got credit for pulling the country out of a...
  • Bush Buries The Shame Of Yalta

    05/21/2005 4:00:47 AM PDT · by tacomonkey2002 · 10 replies · 668+ views
    eagleforum.org ^ | May 18, 2005 | Phyllis Schlafly
    Bush Buries The Shame Of Yalta May 18, 2005 by Phyllis Schlafly Thank you, President George W. Bush, for correcting history and making a long overdue apology for one of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's tragic mistakes. Speaking in Latvia on May 7, Bush repudiated "the agreement at Yalta" by which powerful governments negotiated away the freedom of small nations. Bush accurately blamed Yalta for "the captivity of millions in Central and Eastern Europe" and said it "will be remembered as one of the greatest wrongs of history." This admission has been 50 years coming, and Bush's words assure that "the...
  • Bush is wrong on Yalta apology (GREELEY ALERT)

    05/20/2005 7:49:59 AM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 37 replies · 859+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | May 20, 2005 | ANDREW GREELEY
    President Bush continues the practice of the big lie as prescribed by Joseph Goebbels, Hitler's propaganda ace. If you tell a big enough lie often enough, people will believe you. Bush does not apologize even when he's caught in a falsehood. All right, there were no "weapons of mass destruction" in Iraq. But it was not his fault that he believed all the intelligence agencies of the world, was it? The parents of the young men and women killed and wounded in Iraq as well as the relatives of all the Iraqis blown up since the American arrival might have...
  • Bush buries the shame of Yalta

    05/17/2005 2:36:02 PM PDT · by OESY · 14 replies · 754+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | May 16, 2005 | Phyllis Schlafly
    Thank you, President George W. Bush, for correcting history and making a long overdue apology for one of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's tragic mistakes. Speaking in Latvia on May 7, Bush repudiated "the agreement at Yalta" by which powerful governments negotiated away the freedom of small nations. Bush accurately blamed Yalta for "the captivity of millions in Central and Eastern Europe" and said it "will be remembered as one of the greatest wrongs of history." This admission has been 50 years coming, and Bush's words assure that "the legacy of Yalta was finally buried, once and for all." It was...
  • Bush buries shame of Yalta

    05/16/2005 12:20:22 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 30 replies · 658+ views
    townhall.com ^ | 05/16/05 | Phyllis Schlafly
    Bush buries the shame of Yalta Phyllis Schlafly May 16, 2005 Thank you, President George W. Bush, for correcting history and making a long overdue apology for one of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's tragic mistakes. Speaking in Latvia on May 7, Bush repudiated "the agreement at Yalta" by which powerful governments negotiated away the freedom of small nations. Bush accurately blamed Yalta for "the captivity of millions in Central and Eastern Europe" and said it "will be remembered as one of the greatest wrongs of history." This admission has been 50 years coming, and Bush's words assure that "the legacy...
  • White House Letter: In row over Yalta, Bush pokes at Baltic politics

    05/15/2005 10:35:41 AM PDT · by lizol · 79 replies · 840+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | MONDAY, MAY 16, 2005 | Elisabeth Bumiller
    White House Letter: In row over Yalta, Bush pokes at Baltic politics. WASHINGTON When President George W. Bush declared on May 7 in Latvia that the 1945 Yalta agreement had led to "one of the greatest wrongs of history," he reignited an ideological debate from the era of Joseph McCarthy. For more than a week now, the left and the right have been arguing over the president's words and re-arguing the deal made by Roosevelt, Stalin and Churchill in an old czarist resort near the Crimean city of Yalta in the closing days of World War II. Bush has criticized...
  • FDR’s Failure Not Forgotten

    05/15/2005 8:54:40 AM PDT · by lizol · 33 replies · 1,338+ views
    Human Events ^ | May 13, 2005 | Arnold Beichman
    Yalta Condemned Millions to Tyranny FDR’s Failure Not Forgotten by Arnold Beichman Posted May 13, 2005 Earlier this week Vladimir Putin celebrated in Moscow the end of World War II and glorified—yes, glorified—the memory of Josef Stalin, one of the great mass murderers of all time. So much for Putin and what he calls his “managed democracy.” President Bush, on the other hand, celebrated the historic date differently. He had the courage to speak truth to power in a once-captive nation, Latvia, which along with Estonia and Lithuania, had suffered for half a century under a Soviet dictatorship. Bush told...
  • Saying sorry

    05/14/2005 11:06:54 AM PDT · by lizol · 11 replies · 710+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | May 12, 2005 | Anne Applebaum
    Saying sorry By Anne Applebaum "It just offends me that the president of the United States is, directly or indirectly, attacking his own country in a foreign land." That was 1998. The speaker, Tom DeLay (R-Tex.), was then House majority whip. The president was Bill Clinton, who had "attacked his own country" while in Uganda. "Going back to the time before we were even a nation," Clinton had told an African audience, "European Americans received the fruits of the slave trade. And we were wrong in that." Fast-forward seven years; the president is now George W. Bush. Last weekend he...
  • Bush's Diplomatic Masterstroke

    05/14/2005 5:49:53 AM PDT · by StoneGiant · 18 replies · 932+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 5/13/2005 | Jacob T. Levy
    Bush's Diplomatic MasterstrokeApplause Lines by Jacob T. Levy Only at TNR Online Post date: 05.13.05 President Bush's first term was not marked by an overeagerness to confront Russia, either on its failings at home or on its foreign policy. Especially after September 11, Bush turned a blind eye to Chechnya, Russian meddling (including armed meddling) in other former Soviet republics, corruption, violations of the rule of law, and the slow-motion destruction of the (partial) independence of Russia's press, courts, parliament, and provinces. Bush curried favor with Vladimir Putin--just as Bill Clinton had curried favor with Boris Yeltsin and Bush's...
  • Bush Apologizes for FDR’s Sellout at Yalta

    05/13/2005 8:13:39 AM PDT · by Alex Marko · 39 replies · 1,732+ views
    Thank you, President Bush, for correcting history and making a long overdue apology for one of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s tragic mistakes. Speaking in Latvia on May 7, Bush repudiated “the agreement at Yalta” by which powerful governments negotiated away the freedom of small nations. Bush accurately blamed Yalta for “the captivity of millions in Central and Eastern Europe” and said it “will be remembered as one of the greatest wrongs of history.” This admission has been 50 years coming, and Bush’s words assure that “the legacy of Yalta was finally buried, once and for all.” It was at Yalta,...
  • Grim legacy of Yalta

    05/13/2005 10:40:04 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 20 replies · 600+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | May 13, 2005 | Editorial
    President Bush struck a nerve during his recent trip to Europe when he acknowledged America's role in the communist enslavement of Eastern Europe after World War II. In a speech in Latvia, he said the United States and Britain share the blame for the Soviet annexation of the Baltic states through the 1945 Yalta Conference treaty -- the crown jewel of liberal diplomacy -- and urged Russian Premier Vladimir Putin to own up to the Soviet Union's dark past. Weary of war, worried about their popularity at home and wanting Soviet dictator Josef Stalin's aid in defeating Japan after Germany's...
  • Dispelling the Myths of Yalta

    05/13/2005 5:20:29 AM PDT · by SJackson · 8 replies · 1,091+ views
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | May 13, 2005 | John Radzilowski
    The Yalta Conference was a betrayal of Eastern Europe and American ideals. Leave it to the Left to claim otherwise. “Outrage” … “cause for shame”[1] … “incendiary.”[2] This was the mainstream media’s reaction to President Bush’s speech this week in Riga, Latvia, wherein he strongly denounced the injustice perpetrated on half of Europe 60 years ago at the Yalta Conference. It was a Yalta that President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill agreed to the Soviet takeover of half of Europe. What followed was nearly 50 years of repression, killing, and, of course, the Cold War. This...
  • TWP: Saying Sorry (FDR at Yalta)

    05/12/2005 5:33:48 AM PDT · by OESY · 6 replies · 405+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | May 12, 2005 | ANNE APPLEBAUM
    ...Perhaps the most extraordinary thing about Mr. Bush's comments is that they constitute an apology for a historical disaster most Americans don't remember. I certainly knew nothing of the bitterness that many East Europeans felt toward the United States and Britain until I was personally accused of "selling out" Poland at Yalta -- a deal done 20 years before I was born -- during my first trip to Warsaw in the 1980s. Now is a good time to stand back and think hard about how important it is for American diplomacy and historical understanding when U.S. presidents admit that not...
  • Yalta Once More, With Feeling

    05/11/2005 7:16:19 PM PDT · by neverdem · 79+ views
    Reason ^ | May 11, 2005 | Matt Welch
    Continuous news, views, and abuse by the Reason staff « New at Reason | Main Reason magazine HomeAboutSubscribe Reason Online headlines Trans-Human Expressway: Why libertarians will win the future (May 11) The Other Insurrections: People power south of the border (May 11) A Fistful of Lard: The "fatophobia" backlash (May 10) Hit & Run Archives May 08, 2005 - May 14, 2005 May 01, 2005 - May 07, 2005 April 24, 2005 - April 30, 2005 Complete Archives Hit & Run suggestions? Search Hit & Run: Syndicate: xml or rdf May 11, 2005 Yalta Once More, With Feeling At...
  • Was World War II worth it? (Buchanan barf alert)

    05/11/2005 9:08:36 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 562 replies · 7,925+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | May 11, 2005 | Patrick J. Buchanan
    If the objective of the West was the destruction of Nazi Germany, it was a "smashing" success. But why destroy Hitler? If to liberate Germans, it was not worth it. After all, the Germans voted Hitler in. If it was to keep Hitler out of Western Europe, why declare war on him and draw him into Western Europe? If it was to keep Hitler out of Central and Eastern Europe, then, inevitably, Stalin would inherit Central and Eastern Europe. Was that worth fighting a world war – with 50 million dead?
  • Reconsidering Yalta: The liberal whitewash is hypocritical and shameful.

    05/11/2005 3:40:35 PM PDT · by xsysmgr · 30 replies · 952+ views
    National Review Online ^ | May 11, 2005 | Jonah Goldberg
    This week, while touring the remnants of the former Soviet Union on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany, President Bush gave perhaps the greatest diplomatic performance of his career, balancing a host of moral and strategic interests simultaneously. In the Baltic republics, he recognized that the Soviet occupation of Eastern Europe was "one of the greatest wrongs in history." In Russia he carefully avoided alienating the Russians too much. In Georgia he literally danced a jig and championed liberty for the entire world. But the most exciting part of the president's trip, for...
  • Yalta Regrets

    05/11/2005 2:46:07 PM PDT · by xsysmgr · 17 replies · 662+ views
    National Review Online ^ | May 11, 2005 | The Editors
    In the catalogue of 20th-century misery, Eastern Europe’s place is lamentably prominent. Ravaged by Nazi brutality in World War II, it fell to Soviet domination after the war. Speaking over the weekend in Latvia, President Bush said that the Yalta agreement codifying that domination “followed in the unjust tradition of Münich and the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact. Once again, when powerful governments negotiated, the freedom of small nations was somehow expendable.” Yalta’s outraged defenders are now out in force. Jacob Heilbrunn, writing in the Los Angeles Times, made two typical criticisms of Bush’s history: first, that Soviet occupation of Eastern Europe...
  • Left-Wing Weenie 'Splains Dubya's FDR Remarks (You've Got To See This)

    05/10/2005 6:36:02 PM PDT · by thelastvirgil · 20 replies · 1,327+ views
    Lewiston (Idaho) Morning Tribune ^ | 05/10/2005 | Tom Henderson
    Here's the link to an inevitable, IMO, attack on President Bush's Yalta comments from an insignificant wannabe "journalist" seeking some modicum of relevance in a world that has left him behind: http://www.lmtribune.com/05102005/opinions/254342.php
  • Gwynne Dyer: Bush picked a poor moment to display his ignorance

    05/10/2005 1:09:30 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 105 replies · 2,713+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | 05/10/05 | Gwynne Dyer
    Presidents aren't expected to know much history, but their speechwriters are. President Bush's speech in Riga on Saturday did not measure up. It wasn't Bush who started the quarrel about whether the Soviet Union "liberated" or "occupied" Eastern Europe after 1945. It was the presidents of Lithuania and Estonia, who refused to go to Moscow for the ceremonies commemorating the Soviet defeat of Germany 60 years ago, and the presidents of Latvia and Poland, who only agreed to go with great reluctance. But Bush jumped into the argument with considerable ignorance. What he did was to condemn the Yalta agreement...
  • Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili: Time for a Return to Yalta

    05/10/2005 1:03:01 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 3 replies · 531+ views
    Washington Post ^ | May 10, 2005 | President Mikheil Saakashvili
    TBILISI, Georgia -- For 60 years the word "Yalta" has meant betrayal and abandonment. The diplomatic accord reached between Britain, the Soviet Union and the United States in that sleepy Black Sea resort relegated millions of people to a ruthless tyranny. As President Bush said last week in Latvia: "The agreement at Yalta followed in the unjust tradition of Munich and the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. Once again, when powerful governments negotiated, the freedom of small nations was somehow expendable." Thankfully, the division of Europe created at Yalta, and the Iron Curtain that marked its boundary, are ghosts in our past. The...
  • Bush Criticizes FDR Over Yalta

    05/09/2005 10:16:08 PM PDT · by TBP · 81 replies · 3,169+ views
    AP Via Yahoo News ^ | Sat May 7, 5:53 PM ET | TERENCE HUNT, AP White House Correspondent
    RIGA, Latvia - Second-guessing Franklin D. Roosevelt, President Bush said Saturday the United States played a role in Europe's painful division after World War II — a decision that helped cause "one of the greatest wrongs of history" when the Soviet Union imposed its harsh rule across Central and Eastern Europe. Bush said the lessons of the past will not be forgotten as the United States tries to spread freedom in the Middle East. "We will not repeat the mistakes of other generations, appeasing or excusing tyranny, and sacrificing freedom in the vain pursuit of stability," the president said. "We...
  • Bush: Baltics betrayed by transfer to Soviet control

    05/08/2005 8:40:41 AM PDT · by lizol · 14 replies · 479+ views
    CNN.com ^ | May 8, 2005
    Bush: Baltics betrayed by transfer to Soviet control President on four-nation trip to commemorate end of WWII Sunday, May 8, 2005 Posted: 4:29 AM EDT (0829 GMT) RIGA, Latvia (CNN) -- President Bush, in a speech to the Latvian people on Saturday, called three Baltic nations' transfer to Soviet control after World War II '"one of the greatest wrongs of history." "The Baltic countries have seen one of the most dramatic transformations in modern history, from captive nations to NATO allies and E.U. [European Union] members in little more than a decade," Bush said. He was in Riga, Latvia, speaking...
  • 'SORRY' BUSH'S BLOC-BUSTER TRIP

    05/08/2005 4:36:41 AM PDT · by Hawk44 · 29 replies · 1,045+ views
    New York Post ^ | 05/08/2005 | CHRIS MICHAUD
    President Bush acknowledged yesterday that the United States bore some responsibility for Soviet domination and repression in Eastern Europe after World War II, which he called "one of the greatest wrongs in history." Bush gave a harsh assessment of the 1945 Yalta accord, in which Franklin Roosevelt, Josef Stalin and Winston Churchill worked out the post-war reorganization of Europe. Yalta "followed in the unjust tradition of Munich and the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact" in which the Soviet Union and Germany divvied up Poland on the eve of World War II, the president said. "When powerful governments negotiated, the freedom of small nations...
  • Bush: U.S. Had Hand in European Divisions

    05/07/2005 5:38:34 PM PDT · by ambrose · 7 replies · 536+ views
    Yahoo News / AP ^ | 5.7.05 | Terence Hunt
    Bush: U.S. Had Hand in European Divisions By TERENCE HUNT, AP White House Correspondent 11 minutes ago Second-guessing Franklin D. Roosevelt, President Bush said Saturday the United States played a role in Europe's painful division after World War II — a decision that helped cause "one of the greatest wrongs of history" when the Soviet Union imposed its harsh rule across Central and Eastern Europe. Bush said the lessons of the past will not be forgotten as the United States tries to spread freedom in the Middle East. "We will not repeat the mistakes of other generations, appeasing or excusing...
  • Soviets never annexed the Baltic states: Putin

    05/06/2005 12:55:17 PM PDT · by lizol · 52 replies · 1,038+ views
    The Australian ^ | May 07, 2005
    Soviets never annexed the Baltic states: Putin Correspondents in Moscow and Washington May 07, 2005 RUSSIA has angrily denied that the Soviet Union ever annexed the Baltic states, fuelling a bitter dispute that is threatening to overshadow Victory in Europe Day celebrations in Moscow on Monday. Russian President Vladimir Putin said yesterday that there was no need to apologise further for the "tragedy" inflicted on Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania as the Soviet act had already been condemned. But he kept to the Kremlin line that the Soviet Union took over the three states by agreement rather than force. "In effect,...
  • Bush: U.S. Had Hand in European Divisions

    05/07/2005 8:50:22 AM PDT · by cornelis · 61 replies · 1,919+ views
    AP ^ | Jennifer Loven
    Bush: U.S. Had Hand in European Divisions By JENNIFER LOVEN RIGA, Latvia - President Bush said Saturday the Soviet domination of central and eastern Europe after World War II will be remembered as "one of the greatest wrongs of history" and acknowledged that the United States played a significant role in the division of the continent. Bush said the agreement in 1945 at Yalta among President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Soviet leader Josef Stalin and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill "followed in the unjust tradition of Munich and the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact." The decisions at Yalta led to the division of...
  • Days of Yalta

    05/06/2005 12:53:23 PM PDT · by lizol · 2 replies · 288+ views
    The Statesman ^ | Saturday, May 7 2005
    Days of Yalta From February 4 to 11, 1945, leaders of the three Allied powers — Joseph Stalin, Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill — met in the Livadia Palace outside Yalta, Crimea, to coordinate their plans for defeating Nazi Germany and Japan, determine their attitude to the two countries, and map the key principles of their common policy in the post-war world. The world did not greet the decisions of the Yalta Conference unanimously and opinions of its significance for the world’s future differ to this day. Dr Valentin FALIN shared his opinion with RIA Novosti’s military commentator Viktor Litovkin....
  • Covering the Map of the World — The Half-Century Legacy of the Yalta Conference, Part 2

    04/29/2005 4:24:24 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 11 replies · 923+ views
    Future for Freedom Foundation ^ | March 1995 | Richard M. Ebeling
    When Roosevelt was preparing to meet Stalin for the first time at the Teheran Conference in November 1943, William C. Bullett, former U. S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union, tried to explain the true brutal nature of Stalin and the Soviet regime to FDR. Roosevelt replied: Bill, I don't dispute your facts. They are accurate. I don't dispute the logic of your reasoning. I just have a hunch that Stalin is not that kind of man. Harry [Hopkins, Roosevelt's confidant and personal envoy to Stalin] says he's not and that he doesn't want anything but security for his country, and...
  • Covering the Map of the World—The Half-Century Legacy of the Yalta ConferencePart 6(Who Lost China)

    04/29/2005 4:05:57 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 2 replies · 728+ views
    Future of Freedom Foundation ^ | August 1995 | Richard M. Ebeling
    In 1940, the Japanese consul general in Harbin, Manchuria, intercepted several messages sent from the Soviet foreign minister, Vyacheslav Molotov, to the Soviet ambassador in Tokyo. In one of these messages, Molotov told his ambassador: "We concluded an 'Agreement with Germany' because a war is required in Europe" between the capitalist nations, to open the door for the future communization of the European continent. Molotov went on to explain that any peace settlement that would end the war between China and Japan "might destroy our work proceeding among the suppressed peoples of Asia, and . . . it would not...
  • Not forgetting Yalta

    04/27/2005 11:40:09 AM PDT · by lizol · 35 replies · 701+ views
    Radio Polonia ^ | 27.04.2005
    Not forgetting Yalta Members of the European Parliament have all received a booklet on an event which took place sixty years ago. It was written by one of their colleagues, the prominent Polish historian Wojciech Roszkowski. Professor Roszkowski is one of 54 Polish MEPs. His one hundred-page long book is entitled The Shadow of Yalta and examines all aspects of the post-war division of Europe which was agreed upon by the leaders of the Soviet Union, the United States and Britain in the Crimean resort of Yalta in 1945. Wojciech Roszkowski firmly believes that many people in Europe today are...
  • How the Saudis got to be 'special'

    03/18/2005 5:07:02 AM PST · by billorites · 7 replies · 487+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | March 17, 2005 | Zalman Shoval
    Sixty years ago, President Franklin Roosevelt, on his way back from the fateful Yalta conference, met King Abdulazziz, founder of Saudi Arabia, aboard the USS Quincy, in Egypt's Bitter Lake. The meeting led to a special relationship based on oil and security - but it also dealt extensively with the consequences of the Holocaust and the future of Palestine. Roosevelt's role regarding the plight of European Jewry had been far from perfect. Though among the first to recognize the dangers of Nazism, neither he nor his administration lifted a finger to help Jews escape Germany or find safety in America....
  • Russia on Yalta: No Comment from Warsaw

    02/14/2005 8:16:21 AM PST · by Lukasz · 79 replies · 1,228+ views
    Polskie Radio ^ | 14.02.2005
    Polish Prime Minister Marek Belka has said it would be inappropriate to comment on all ‘strange’ statements coming from Russia, such as the latest one on Yalta released by the Russian Foreign Ministry two days ago. The statement says that at the Yalta Conference 60 years ago the allied powers reiterated their support for a strong, free, sovereign and democratic Poland, whose security was guaranteed not only by the United States and Britain but also by the Soviet Union. According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, by criticizing the outcome of Yalta Poles are re-writing World War Two history and are...
  • This day in history: The Yalta Conference, Feb 12, 1945 [PHOTO]

    02/12/2005 3:22:56 PM PST · by nwrep · 23 replies · 978+ views
    AP ^ | February 12, 2005 | nwrep
    Participants in the Big Three Conference are photographed at the Livadia Palace in Yalta on February 12, 1945. Seated, from left to right, are: British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Soviet Premier Josef Stalin. Behind those seated are, from left: Field Marshall Sir Harold Alexander, Field Marshall Sir Henry Maitland Wilson, Field Marshall Sir Alan Brooke, Admiral of the Fleet Sir Alan Cunningham, Gen. Sir Hastings Ismay, Fleet Admiral E.J. King and Air Chief Marshall Sir Charles Portal. Others are not identified. The meeting in Russia's Crimea, now Ukraine, determined the shape of postwar East...
  • Under Yalta’s Shadow - The forgotten legacy

    02/11/2005 12:49:14 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 18 replies · 523+ views
    NRO ^ | February 11, 2005 | Arthur Herman
    On February 11, 1945, World War II's "Big Three" — Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin — ended their final summit in the Crimean seaside town of Yalta. President Bush never mentioned Yalta in his inaugural address or in his State of the Union speech; but the truth is that his vision of the future means undoing what happened at that meeting 60 years ago. Happily, two parts of Yalta's legacy — the Cold War and a Russian empire in Eastern Europe — are already history. But we are still haunted by the rest, from the prison camps of...
  • Yalta casts its shadow 60 years on

    02/08/2005 8:40:02 AM PST · by lizol · 38 replies · 1,022+ views
    The BBC News ^ | Monday, 7 February, 2005 | Paul Reynolds
    Yalta casts its shadow 60 years on By Paul Reynolds World Affairs correspondent, BBC News website It is 60 years since the three major allied leaders, Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin, met to divide up the world in the old summer palace of the tsars in the Crimean resort of Yalta - and the dark memories of that conference linger today. It was at Yalta, between 4 and 11 February 1945, that the first shivers of the Cold War were felt, as the alliance between democracy and communism began to give way to rivalry and hostility. In their book Cold War,...
  • Yalta casts its shadow 60 years on

    02/07/2005 3:37:59 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 10 replies · 505+ views
    BBC ^ | 7 February, 2005
    It is 60 years since the three major allied leaders, Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin, met to divide up the world in the old summer palace of the tsars in the Crimean resort of Yalta - and the dark memories of that conference linger today. It was at Yalta, between 4 and 11 February 1945, that the first shivers of the Cold War were felt, as the alliance between democracy and communism began to give way to rivalry and hostility. In their book Cold War, Jeremy Isaacs and Taylor Downing state: "The Yalta Conference represented the high-water mark of Allied wartime...
  • How "Uncle Joe" Stalin Bugged FDR

    05/13/2004 3:08:45 PM PDT · by Zack Nguyen · 24 replies · 765+ views
    The Lessons of History How “Uncle Joe” Bugged FDR Gary Kern In recent years, the statesmanship of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, in particular his handling of Soviet affairs, has come under attack in historical studies. The situation has reached such a pass that even a psychiatrist who examined FDR’s medical records has opined that toward the end of World War II the US President ceded the better part of Eastern Europe to Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin because he was “gripped by clinical depression.1” Certainly the President’s moves can be questioned, but questionable policy can be founded on factors other than...
  • Hiroshima: The Decision to Drop the Bomb

    05/06/2004 7:07:24 PM PDT · by walford · 66 replies · 2,505+ views
    The History Channel ^ | May 6, 2004 | The History Channel
    "An investigation, based on newly released documents, into President Truman's controversial decision to drop the A-bomb. Concludes that the real reason the U.S. dropped the bomb was to intimidate the Soviet Union." Several 'experts' explained that dropping the A-bombs on Japan were unnecessary [there were no dissenting points of view aired]. The announcer -- bearing an English accent -- explained that the reasons that Truman decided to bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki were: 1. A raving desire for revenge on the part of the American people. 2. To use the opportunity to 'experiment' the new weapon on an expendable population. 3....