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In today’s paper Vincent Carroll, the Rocky Mountain News‘ editorial page editor, strongly criticized President Bush for going too far in equating the Yalta Agreement with the Munich and Molotov-Ribbentrop deals that sold out Europe to Nazi Germany.
The agreement at Yalta followed in the unjust tradition of Munich and the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact,” Bush said. “Once again, when powerful governments negotiated, the freedom of small nations was somehow expendable. Yet this attempt to sacrifice freedom for the sake of stability left a continent divided and unstable.”The Perfect Gift For Everyone On Your List!Give a Gift Now »
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…It is true that Yalta’s promise of free elections for Eastern Europe, given Stalin’s record, amounted to the height of naivete, wishful thinking or cynicism. But even so, there is a vast difference between engineering oppression (Munich and Molotov-Ribbentrop) and sugar-coating its existence on the ground.
Yet President Bush has not hesitated to invoke FDR’s name in a positive light when he wants to legitimize his Social Security plan .
At a time when the world is celebrating the 60th anniversary of the defeat of fascism, why is this President smearing the legacy of the President who led us to that victory?