Letters, Jul. 2, 1951

Acheson's Argument


I fail to follow Mr. Acheson's line of argument that it was expedient, at Yalta, to give Russia a legal claim to a finger so as to prevent her from taking a hand. How was it possible for Roosevelt and Churchill to furnish Stalin with a "legal claim" to territories over which neither America nor Britain had any jurisdiction whatsoever?

Could Churchill and Chiang Kaishek, in a similar manner, have armed Stalin with a legal claim to the Alaskan port of Nome and control of the Seward-Fairbanks railway? . . .


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