Sunday, April 25, 2010

Sunday Afternoon Cigar

Camacho SLR.

We are finishing Tim Tzouliadis' fantastic The Forsaken. A book about desperate US citizens who fled to the Soviet Union during The Great Depression in search of work who quickly found themselves with more work than imagined in the Gulag.

FDR received a confidential briefing from British Intelligence on August 13, 1943 on the massacre of 20,000+ Polish officers in the Katyn forest. The evidence could not have been stronger, yet it was supressed as FDR insisted on the cooperative nature of the US-USSR alliance. The conversation between FDR and William Bullitt, the first US ambassador to the Soviet Union who left his post disgusted with Stalin and the crimes of the NKVD is on page 240:

At the White House, when William Bullitt tried to warn Roosevelt about Stalin's true intent, the president lost patience with him. "Bill, I don't dispute your facts, they are accurate," Roosevelt replied. "I don't dispute the logic of your reasoning. I just have a hunch that Stalin is not that kind of man. Harry says he's not and that he doesn't want anything but security for his country, and 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." Bullitt purposefully reminded the president that "when he talked of noblesse oblige he was not speaking of the Duke of Norfolk but of a Caucasian bandit whose only thought when he got something for nothing was that the other fellow was an ass." But Roosevelt had heard enough: "It's my responsibility and not yours, and I'm going to play my hunch."

The Democrat Party - or as we call them "The Party" - has maintained this theme in international relations. It has led to countless deaths and vast suffering, and will continue to do so. If you doubt us, open any book listed in our Library to the left.

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