gebhk wrote: ↑
15 Feb 2024 10:21
I don't know what more Churchill could have done. Any suggestions?
By 1944 nothing practical of course, as Britain had no real independent say in matters of policy. However, the question here is what he shouldn't
have done and the answer might be that he should not
have supported the USSR against Poland. As an aside, being a far greater appeaser of Stalin than Chamberlain was of Hilter, he should not
have criticised Chamberlain.
Until Gorbachev admitted that the Soviets had carried out the massacre it was not unusual to find someone arguing that Katyn was a German crime
And, even despite Gorbachev, not much has changed in that respect
. As even this hallowed Forum will attest, you can always find some nut, zealot or self-deluder who will argue an 'alternative' theory to anything. Given the mountain of forensic and circumstantial evidence, I doubt that any rational and well-informed person would not have thought by 1944 that Katyn was, at the very least, more likely than not a Soviet crime.
But they had no other option than to deny the truth .
This is nonsesense. There is always another option and usually many. They chose to do so from political expediency and, one suspects, partly to salve their own consciences.
Britain was at war with Germany, not with the Soviets .
1 The Germans had killed already countless Britons and were killing everyday a lot of them .
2 The Soviets had killed already a lot of Germans and were killing everyday a lot of them : this means that the Soviets had SAVED and were SAVING a lot of British lives .
3 The Soviets had killed a lot of Poles .
The first was bad for Britain .
The second was bad for the Germans .
The third was bad for Poland but not for Britain .
The duty of a British government was to do what was good for Britain ( = to save British lives ), NOT to do what was good for Poland .
In other words : British lives were more important for Churchill than Polish lives : the relatives of British casualties could vote for or against Churchill : the relatives of Polish victims could not do that .
And : it was not to salve their own consciences : a sitting government is always giving priority to political expediency,consciences are only a luxury politicians can not afford .
When the Soviets intervened in their satellite Afghanistan, stupid Carter whined and stopped the grain export to the SU and lost the election .
His successor,Reagan,allowed again the grain exports and won his second election .For Reagan ,the votes of the farmers of Kansas were more important than the lives of the Afghans .
Britain,not only Churchill ,but also Attlee ,did business with Franco,because the Spanish export to Britain saved British lives and helped Britain to kill Germans . The fact that the division Azul was killing Russians,thus also helping the Germans to kill Britons ,was no obstacle for the British government ,because the trade with Spain was more important than what was doing the division Azul .
Russian lives were irrelevant for Britain, so were Polish lives .
If you are at war with SOB Hitler with as ally SOB Stalin, you can't tell people that Stalin was a SOB .