Stalin, one of recorded history's worst mass murderers, was part of the alliance that defeated Nazi Germany and the other Axis powers.
It has been claimed that WWII began in order to defeat tyranny and, more specifically, to defend the freedom of Poland after its invasion in 1939.
However, Poland was invaded by two powers in 1939 - Germany and the Soviet Union.
The leaders of those states, Hitler and Stalin, had formed an alliance, known as the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, in which they agreed to divide Poland.
Since Polish freedom was one of the stated reasons for France and the UK declaring war on Germany, then why didn't they also declare war on the other state that invaded Poland in 1939, the Soviet Union?
Since the fight against tyranny was one of the stated reasons for going to war against the Nazis, then why did the western Allies form an alliance with Stalin, one of the greatest tyrants of his age?
Why did the western Allies, Churchill in particular, agree to the carve-up of Europe, why did they allow a tyrannical régime to take control over much of Eastern and Central Europe (including Poland) and why did they send Soviet POWS back to the Soviet Union to be murdered by Stalin?
Are claims that the western Allies fought for the freedom of Poland and against tyranny merely shallow rhetoric to disguise the fact that they fought for their own interests?
And what does Churchill's good personal relationship with Stalin (both pictured below) say about his personal character and the nature of the state he led during WWII?