The Unseen Hand - Ralph Epperson

Communist Betrayal

The entry of the United States into the war was now complete. After years of planning and plotting on the part of the American government, the fighting men of the American armed forces were now committed to a life and death struggle in two widely separated theaters of war.

On January 1, 1942, the twenty-five nations at war against Germany and Japan signed a "Declaration by the United Nations," (emphasis added) which pledged that any one nation involved would not sign a separate armistice or peace.

When General Douglas MacArthur was appointed as the commander-in-chief of the armed forces in the Pacific theater, he was appointed as the "United Nations Commander of the South Pacific." (emphasis added.)

So it was becoming apparent just what the purpose of the war was: to give the world a one-world government: a United Nations.

The second reason the war was being fought was for Russia to expand its imperialism into the countries of Eastern Europe. This secondary motive was made clear in June, 1942, when Churchill and Roosevelt postponed a planned 1943 invasion of Europe by the Allied armed forces for one more year until 1944. This delay had the effect of allowing Russia more time to advance from the east, thereby assuring it control of the many Eastern European countries it occupied with its armed forces as it moved westward.

In addition, this move had to be couched by the activities of the war; in other words, the Russians would be allowed to communize Eastern European countries under the disguise of the war. Because Russia was advancing easterly at a slower rate than was anticipated, the Allies had to give her more time; hence the delay in the invasion of Western Europe.

Senator Joseph McCarthy attributed this decision to Secretary of State George Marshall:

"We now come to what was without question the most significant decision of the war in Europe: the decision by Marshall . . . to concentrate on France and leave the whole of Eastern Europe to the Red Armies."

Another event that occurred during the war seems to indicate that this interpretation of these decisions is correct.

In the spring of 1943, Admiral Wilhelm Canaris, head of the German Secret Service, met with George Earle, the American Naval Attache in Istanbul, Turkey. Admiral Canaris came to discuss the surrender of the German armed forces. He reported that he had joined with other German leaders in an assassination plot to remove Hitler from power. After this was accomplished, they would take over the German government, and surrender to the Allies, with only one condition:

There must be no Soviet advance into Central Europe.

Mr. Earle sent President Roosevelt a note informing him of Canaris' proposal.

He received no reply.

Earle tried again, and this time he received what has been termed a "brush-off" from President Roosevelt

So Earle flew to Washington. Roosevelt told him that his concerns were overly anxious, that Germany would soon surrender after the planned attack commenced through Western Europe.

Earle was very disappointed, and returned to Istanbul. He advised Canaris of what he had learned, and he returned to Germany, where he and the other plotters against Hitler's life were found out and either hung or shot for their efforts to shorten the war and prevent the expansion of die Russians into Eastern Europe.

"[If Roosevelt had accepted Canaris' offer] . . . the war might have ended in 1943. Countless lives would in all probability have been saved, and, of greatest importance, the Allies wouldn't have supplanted one dangerous ideology with another. The Soviet hordes would have been stopped at the Polish border. The entire map of Europe would have been different"

Earle returned to the United States. He wrote

"I decided to make known some of my views and observations about the so-called allies, the Soviets, so as to wake up the American people about what was really going on. I contacted the President about it, but he reacted strongly and specifically forbade me to make my views known to the public. Then upon my requesting active duty in the Navy, I was ordered to Samoa, in the far-distant South Pacific."

In fact, Earle was warned by Roosevelt's daughter in a letter to him ". . . that if he carried out his outlined program of publicly criticizing and commenting on some of the Soviet moves, he could be adjudged guilty of treason."

It is indeed unfortunate that the Roosevelts took this position on the "Soviet moves," the movement of Russian troops into the Eastern European countries as the war was ending, as evidenced by President Roosevelt's inaction in the Canaris case, and the letter of his daughter in the Earle case, because the citizens in these countries did not want the Russians to occupy their nations. This fact was made brutally apparent as millions of these patriots actually joined with the German armed forces in an attempt to keep the Russians from advancing into their respective countries.

So Roosevelt could have truly assisted these patriots in keeping their countries free of Communism by assisting the Canaris group, and Earle could have been of immense assistance in bringing these matters to the attention of the American people.

But it was not to be, and the Eastern European countries were occupied by the Russian Communists much to the chagrin of millions of patriots. Roosevelt continued his support of the Russian government as the war ended by guaranteeing their occupation of these nations by the agreements made at the wartime conferences with the major leaders of the Allied governments.

In February, 1945, Roosevelt met with Joseph Stalin at Yalta, one of the wartime conferences, even though he was showing signs of severe illness. There are many now who insist that Roosevelt was dying of cancer, one being his personal physician. A magazine article stated:

"As early as April 1944, the White House physician, Vice Admiral Ross Mclntire, began systematically lying to everyone about the President's condition, and perhaps because the war was going well the press did not seriously challenge him."

In 1979, Dr. Harry S. Goldsmith, a Dartmouth Medical Surgeon and a student of Roosevelt's health history, announced that he felt Roosevelt had been secretly suffering from cancer when he died of a stroke in 1945, even though there were reports of his being well.

One author, Frazier Hunt, in his book entitled Douglas MacArthur, has stated that the reason Roosevelt's physicians were lying to the American people about his health was that Roosevelt had a strong reason to survive until after the war ended. That reason was that Roosevelt had been offered the presidency of the world government, the United Nations that was to be created after the war was over: "The sick and undependable Roosevelt, his already handicapped mind inflamed with grandiose ideas of a World State that he would head . . ."

So when Roosevelt met Stalin at Yalta, he was providing Stalin with whatever he wanted as a gesture to the Communists that he was truly assisting their plans for the occupying of these countries. For instance, at Yalta he gave the Russians, in addition to the European countries: Port Arthur in the Yellow Sea, the port of Dairen, the Kurile Islands, Outer Mongolia, and the lower half of Sakhalin Island.

Most of these lands were previously occupied by America's other World War II ally, China.

American Ambassador William C. Bullitt, after discovering what had happened at Yalta, said this: "No more unnecessary, disgraceful and potentially disgraceful document has ever been signed by a president of the United States."

In addition, Roosevelt also gave Russia three votes in the yet to be created General Assembly of the United Nations (one vote each for Bylo-Russia, the Soviet Union, and the Ukraine) even though every other nation, including the United States, has only one vote.

Roosevelt, when asked about the three votes for Russia issue, said: "I know I shouldn't have done it. But I was so tired when they got hold of me."

But Roosevelt was not the only one providing European countries to the Russians. Winston Churchill, according to papers made public in 1975, agreed " . . . in 1944 to Soviet domination of Poland in exchange for Joseph Stalin's support of British interests in the Far East and the Mediterrean."

It is strange, indeed, that Churchill, the originator of the term "Iron Curtain" to describe the wall built around Eastern Europe by the Communists, also had his share in the building of that wall. In his book Triumph and Tragedy, Churchill himself confirmed that he was involved with the building of that same Iron Curtain. He wrote:

"I said to Stalin: "Let us settle our affairs: How will it do to have 90% predominance in Rumania, for you, for us to have 90% of the same in Greece, and 50%, about, in Yugoslavia? I wrote on a half-sheet of paper:

  • Rumania: Russia 90%, others 10%
  • Greece: Great Britain: 90%, Russia 10%
  • Yugoslavia: 50-50
  • Hungary: 50-50
  • Bulgaria: Russia 75%, others 25%

"Stalin took a pencil and made a large tick upon it, and passed it to me. It was settled in no more time than it takes to set it down."

But the giving of Eastern Europe to the Russian Communists was not just the work of these two individuals. Others were involved as well. For instance, the decision to allow the Russians to reach Berlin before the Americans, thereby guaranteeing Communist control of part of this major city, was the responsibility of the Supreme Allied Commander, General Dwight David Eisenhower, according to military documents released in 1970.

But the overall responsibility for the Communization of Eastern Europe rests squarely with the administration of President Roosevelt, who desired to assist them at any cost. He is quoted as saying on March 8, 1944:

"I think the Russians are perfectly friendly. They aren't trying to gobble up the rest of Europe. These fears that have been expressed by a lot of people here that the Russians are going to try and dominate Europe, I personally don't think there is anything to it."

And according to Ambassador Bullitt, Roosevelt told him:

"I have just a hunch that Stalin . . . doesn't want anything but security for his country, and I think that if I give him everything I possibly can, and ask nothing in return, he won't try to annex anything and will work for a world of democracy and peace."

It is not known why Roosevelt placed such misguided trust in the Russian Communist Stalin, but it is known that Roosevelt and Eisenhower approved of the forced repatriation of some six million people back to Russia, many of whom were tortured or killed after they reached their destination.

Two Russians who have written about this abominable decision of these American leaders are Nikolai Tolstoy and Alexandr Solzhenitsyn. The Americans called this repatriation "Operation Keelhaul," after the naval form of punishment or torture where the prisoner is hauled under the keel of a ship by a rope tied to the prisoner's body.

These six million individuals were not only soldiers who had fought on the side of the Germans against the Russians, but they were women and children as well.

700,000 of this total were soldiers under the command of Lt. Gen. Andrei Vlasov, a brilliant Soviet officer and one of the heroes of the battle of Moscow in 1942. In April of 1945, General Vlasov led his troops to the American lines so that they could surrender and then volunteer to return to Communist Russia and attempt to oust the Bolshevik government. They laid down their arms and considered themselves to be American Prisoners of War.

Vlasov was informed that permission to pass through the American lines had been refused, so he had to order his unarmed men to save themselves as best they could. Most of them were forcibly repatriated back to Russia and executed. General Vlasov himself was taken from an American escort by Soviet troops and spirited to Moscow where he was later executed.

The British government behaved no more honorably. Despite guarantees to the contrary, more than 30,000 Cossacks, including women and children, led by General P.N. Krasnov, were disarmed and forcibly turned over to the Russian Army. Many committed suicide rather than be repatriated back to the Communist government in Russia.

Even though it was Churchill and Roosevelt who made these incredible decisions to repatriate millions of anti-Communist Russians back to certain death, it was General Dwight Eisenhower who enforced "Operation Keelhaul," with no apparent pangs of conscience.

The morality of these decisions on the part of the leaders of the victorious Allied governments to send millions of people to certain death in Russia was brought back into the public limelight during the trial of Adolf Eichmann, a German "war criminal" who was tried for his involvements with the exterminadon of millions of Europeans in the concentration camps of the Nazi regime.

The Israeli court that tried Eichmann observed that: "The legal and moral responsibility of he who delivers the victim to his death is, in our opinion, no smaller, and may be greater, than the liability of he who does the victim to death."

Another example of Russia's perfidy occurred during the war in July, 1944, when Polish General Bor-Komorowski had rallied an army of 250,000 Polish patriots who were waiting for the Russians to reach Warsaw so that together they could defeat the Germans. The Germans had been retreating as Russia moved west after the Battle of Stalingrad, and Russia had reached the bank of the Vistula River, the river flowing through Warsaw.

The general's army, described as the best and most effective underground resistance army in Europe, waited for word from the Russians before they started the battle against the German army.

The General's radio picked up a broadcast in Polish from Moscow signed by Molotov, a representative of the Russian government. It said:

"Poles, the time of liberation is at hand. Poles, to arms! Make every Polish home a stronghold against the invader [the Germans]. There is not a moment to lose!"

The General, believing that the Russians planned on moving into Warsaw, gave the order to revolt against the Germans.

"The whole affair was, of course, a typically ruthless Stalin trap. The Russians stopped advancing. Stalin refused to allow airplanes to drop supplies which the insurgents so desperately needed. At the end of two months the whole Polish Home Army [under the command of the General] was completely annihilated. This of course had been the purpose of the ruse."

But this was not the only example of the barbaric actions of the Russian government that was certain to reach the ear of Roosevelt. Alexander Solshenitsyn, the Russian who defected to the West in the 1960's, was a Captain in the Russian Army during the war. He testified that, as the Russians moved into Germany: " . . . all of us knew very well that if the girls were German they could be raped and then shot."

This raping of the German women was the result of a Russian propaganda leaflet given to the Russian soldiers during the war which read:

"Kill! Nothing in Germany is guiltless, neither the living nor the yet unborn. Follow the words of Comrade Stalin and crush forever the fascist beast in its den. Break the racial pride of the German woman. Take her as your legitimate booty. Kill, you brave soldiers of the victorious Soviet Army."

But the raping of the German women was not the only crime of the Russian Army. The Russians also looted and plundered: "The Russians . . . swept the native population clean in a manner that had no parallel since the days of the Asiatic hordes."

These soldiers were under the command of President Roosevelt's "perfectly friendly" ally, Premier Joseph Stalin of Russia.