Re: Guarding Intelligence Successes
- --- In Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com, Nick Holcz <nickh@i...> wrote:
> There is a good book "the last 100 days" I think the author's nameis Brian
> Toland? explains the machinations of the Yalta conference.without
> my father was impressed by the allies " they gave away my country
> even asking me if it was Ok "The victors giveth and the victors taketh away. As you know, up
until 1918 there was no Czechoslovakia.
I've read a few of John Toland's books and I enjoy his style even
though I may not agree with him on all points. One person described
his talent as "Toland was a master storyteller, not an academic or
military historian as such, and had a novelist's understanding of the
illuminating detail, the minor tragedy emblematic of the whole, and
the reader's fascination with the character of people acting under
the most extreme duress imaginable." He also wrote "The Last 100
Days is not that of the impending victory of the good, or the
impending defeat of the evil -- although the end of the war in Europe
was certainly both -- but of immense tragedy and the dawning
awareness that at the end of the war, the world was going to remain
an exceedingly dangerous place, as the unnatural marriage of
necessity between the Western powers and Stalin's Soviet Union came
to an end."
That gets us back to the fact that Stalin did not live up to the
agreement at Yalta and our recourse would have been to force the
Soviets out of the Eastern Block.