Bush Criticizes FDR Over Yalta

Bush Criticizes FDR Over Yalta
 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 have learned our lesson; no one’s liberty is expendable. In the long run, our security and true stability depend on the freedom of others.”

Bush singled out the 1945 Yalta agreement signed by Roosevelt in a speech opening a four-day trip focused on Monday’s celebration in Moscow of the 60th anniversary of Nazi Germany’s defeat….

“Certainly it goes further than any president has gone,” historian Alan Brinkley said from the U.S. “This has been a very common view of the far right for many years — that Yalta was a betrayal of freedom, that Roosevelt betrayed the hopes of generations.”

Bush said the Yalta agreement, also signed by Britain’s Winston Churchill and the Soviet Union’s Joseph Stalin, followed in the “unjust tradition” of other infamous war pacts that carved up the continent and left millions in oppression. The Yalta accord gave Stalin control of the whole of Eastern Europe, leading to criticism that Roosevelt had delivered millions of people to communist domination.

“Once again, when powerful governments negotiated, the freedom of small nations was somehow expendable,” the president said. “Yet this attempt to sacrifice freedom for the sake of stability left a continent divided and unstable.”  http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1399973/posts

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