Roosevelt on Stalin after British foreign policy appeasement outcome, Stalin’s wartime alliance with Nazi Germany, invasion of Poland, Katyn massacre etc,
“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”
FDR’s foreign policy in relation to the Soviet Union led to:
a) the opening of a second front in occupied France wasting lives, material, time etc
b) Soviet occupation of Eastern Europe resulting in:
‘the murder of 4 million people in the Ukraine; 753,000 in Poland; 360,000 in Romania; 300,000 in Belarus; 200,000 in Hungary; 100,000 in East Germany; 100,000 in Lithuania; 70,000-100,000 in Yugoslavia; 30,000-40,000 in Bulgaria; 20,000 in Czechoslovakia; and 5,000 in Albania. Other atrocities included the murder of over 500,000 POWs in Soviet captivity and the mass rape of at least 2 million women by the Red Army.’
c) The Cold War including Soviet proxy wars(Korea, Vietnam, Cuba etc)
Well at least he stopped Churchill colonising the Balkans.