Angelo Codevilla recently wrote a review of Henry Kissinger’s new book, World Order for the Claremont Review of Books. He was rebuked by Conrad Black in an article in National Review entitled Contra Codevilla on Kissinger. Black writes he, “was astounded by his (Codevilla’s) nasty and unrigorous attack on Henry Kissinger.” Black’s attack on Codevilla is similar in many ways to his attack on Diana West. This led Dymphna at Gates of Vienna to write, “Makes you wonder if the inestimable Mr. Black suffered any head blows while in the pokey.” I have not followed the career of Henry Kissinger so I don’t feel I can comment of this part of the Black-Codevilla dispute. However, I have read extensively on the Yalta Conference and this is the first time I have seen it posited that FDR manipulated Stalin into demanding the Western powers attack across the English Channel as Black claims in his article. He calls it, “a stroke of genius!” What are you smoking Conrad? Black claims, “Franklin D. Roosevelt was overwhelmingly successful.” By whose standards? FDR surrendered what Black calls the “much less strategically important areas of Eastern Europe;” Berlin, Vienna, Warsaw and Prague (less strategically important?). Roosevelt agreed to force millions of people into slave labor (this is in the Morgenthau Plan and the Yalta Agreement.) He agreed to the ethnic cleansing of Eastern Europe which resulted in the deaths of perhaps two million people, mainly women and children.
Black repeats the fact that the, “Russians took 95 percent of the casualties,” in World War II. This is supposed to give credit to the Soviets and justify concessions FDR made to them. How many of these casualties were self-inflicted? Nearly one million Soviet citizens fought for the Nazis, knowing that the Nazis believed that they were subhuman. This should have shown FDR who he was dealing with. He had been informed about the Katyn Forest massacre and Soviet atrocities in Poland. Still, he followed a pro-Soviet policy to the end.