"Teheran," by Robinson Jeffers

Submitted: Jul 07, 2017
Badlands Journal editorial board


Robinson Jeffers, 1948


The persons wane and fade, they fade out of meaning.

     Personal greatness

Was never more than a trick of the light, a halo of illu-

     sion -- but who are these little smiling attendants

On a world's agony, meeting in Teheran to plot against

     whom what future?  The future is clear enough

In the firelight of burning cities and pain-light of that

     long battle-line,

That monstrous ulcer reaching from the Arctic Ocean to

    the Black Sea, slowing rodent westward: there will

    be Russia

And America; two powers alone in the world; two bulls

     in one pasture. And what is unlucky Germany

Between those foreheads?

                                 Observe also

How rapidly civilization coarsens and decays; its better

      qualities, foresight, humaneness, disinterested

Respect for truth, die first; its worst will be last -- Oh,

     well: the future! When man stinks, turn to God.



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Encyclopedia Britannica

Tehrān Conference



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Alternative Title: Teheran Conference


Tehrān Conference, (November 28–December 1, 1943), meeting between U.S. President Franklin D. RooseveltBritish Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin in Tehrān during World War II. The chief discussion centred on the opening of a “second front” in western Europe. Stalin agreed to an eastern offensive to coincide with the forthcoming Western Front, and he pressed the western leaders to proceed with formal preparations for their long-promised invasion of German-occupied France.

Though military questions were dominant, the Tehrān Conference saw more discussion of political issues than had occurred in any previous meeting between Allied governmental heads. Not only did Stalin reiterate that the Soviet Union should retain the frontiers provided by the German-Soviet Nonaggression Pact of 1939 and by the Russo-Finnish Treaty of 1940, but he also stated that it would want the Baltic coast of East Prussia. Though the settlement for Germany was discussed at length, all three Allied leaders appeared uncertain; their views were imprecise on the topic of a postwar international organization; and, on the Polish question, the western Allies and the Soviet Union found themselves in sharp dissension, Stalin expressing his continued distaste for the Polish government-in-exile in London. On Iran, which Allied forces were partly occupying, they were able to agree on a declaration (published on December 1, 1943) guaranteeing the postwar independence and territorial integrity of that state and promising postwar economic assistance.

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