The Spoils of War

Author
Max Hastings
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
Foreign Affairs
Volume
92
Issue Number
6
Publication Date
November/December 2013
Institution
Council on Foreign Relations
Abstract
For decades, World War II suffused the hearts and minds of the American generation that experienced it as “the good war,” in which Allied virtue eventually triumphed over fascist evil. Today, Western societies are mature enough to adopt a more nuanced perspective. There remains no doubt that “our side” deserved to win; terrible consequences would have befallen the world following an Axis victory. But the Allied cause was morally compromised by the need to enlist the services of Joseph Stalin's tyranny in order to defeat the forces of Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, and Hideki Tojo.
Topic
War
Political Geography
America