Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Understanding East and SE Europe: FDR's great mistake

"I just have a hunch that Stalin is not that kind of a man. . . . I think that if I give him everything I possibly can and ask for nothing from him in return, noblesse oblige, he won’t try to annex anything and will work with me for a world of democracy and peace."

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1942, in response to William Christian Bullitt Jr.'s warnings re Stalin's "appetite" for annexing parts of Europe (which did happen after WWII).

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