The Great Slavery Anniversary

On this day in 1945, President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Yalta Agreement with Stalin and Churchill. Roosevelt thereby gave the United States seal of approval to enslaving generations of Poles, Hungarians, Czechs, and others to Soviet tyranny.

From 1942 through 1945, the U.S. government consistently deceived the American people about the character of the Soviet Union, portraying it as some type of burgeoning democracy and an appropriate partner in a crusade for freedom. FDR painted World War II as a crusade for democracy— hailing Stalin as a partner in liberation. FDR praised Soviet Russia as one of the “freedom-loving Nations” and stressed that Stalin is “thoroughly conversant with the provisions of our Constitution.” In his 1944 State of the Union address, Roosevelt denounced those Americans with “such suspicious souls—who feared that I have made ‘commitments’ for the future which might pledge this Nation to secret treaties” at the summit of Allied leaders in Tehran the previous month. Shortly after his secret deal with Stalin, FDR told Congress that the Yalta Agreement “spells the end of the system of unilateral action and exclusive alliance and spheres of influence.” FDR profoundly deceived Americans about the deal he had cut.

It is amazing that so few contemporary American commentators recognize or discuss the Yalta betrayal when they heap praise upon FDR. What’s a hundred million slaves among friends?


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