Regarding Anne Applebaum's June 2 column ["In Warsaw, a 'Good War' Wasn't," op-ed]: No war is entirely "good." But World War II was necessary to defeat Nazism and Japanese imperialism.
If we paid a moral price in fighting alongside a brutal and totalitarian Soviet ally, think of the price if the Red Army had not fought. Or if Lord Halifax had persuaded Winston Churchill's war cabinet to give Hitler a free hand in Europe in exchange for Britain's continued independence.
The United States could have done nothing to aid the Poles in Warsaw. The city was at extreme range for U.S. bombers, even assuming that the Soviets would have been willing to offer refueling. Only a token force of troops could have been airlifted to the area, and they would have been cut off from logistical support. The air transport capabilities of the time would not have allowed for any significant movement of supplies to either the Poles or any hypothetical U.S. or British troops sent into Warsaw.
While the Warsaw uprising was occurring, British and American troops were in desperate combat in France, with all of Germany between them and the doomed city. President Franklin D. Roosevelt possibly could have taken a harder line with Josef Stalin, but he had little with which to pressure the Soviet leader. The only force that could have aided the Poles was the Red Army.