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To the Editor

Mr. Mcßrine, in an endeavour to glorify Russia, makes some astounding statements. He said that if a firm understanding is reached in Moscow it will bind 600 millions of people who are without imperialistic ambitions. What does he term the annexing of Latvia, Lithuania Estonia, parts of Finland, Rumania' Hungary, the whole of Ruthenia and half of Poland and outer Mongolia with other grabs pending? Mr. McBrine cheerfully quotes Stalin that he will not pull other people's chestnuts out of the fire, and mentions particularly British, French, Dutch and American imperialistic chestnuts. When has Russia pulled anyone's chestnuts out of the fire? The war in Europe was made certain by Russia's non-aggression pact with Germany in 1938. If, to quote Mr Mcßrine, Russia would come in in the interests of social justice, why did she not help the British people during the year they stood alone' And where is the social justice of dispossessing Poles, and others, of their countries? The appeasement of Germany before the war pales into insignificance compared with the subsequent appeasement of Russia and the cynical acceptance of her grabs on bordering countries on the grounds of securing her frontiers This is a. country which already owned one sixth of the earth's surface. Britain and America have been fighting Japan for nearly four Shears, whereas Russia has agreements regarding fisheries, and so on with our enemy. Let us be realistic in these matters and give praise where it belongs and not make these slurs on the alleged British and American imperialists. A.L.

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CORRESPONDENTS' VIEWS, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 174, 25 July 1945

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CORRESPONDENTS' VIEWS Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 174, 25 July 1945

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