Bilateral: Three

In that room they orchestrated the fall of Hitler’s empire.

In that room they made a promise to kill for peace.

In that room they sat side by side and said, “Ideological differences be damned, we have to destroy this evil before it destroys us.”

Years passed.

In that room they grew nostalgic.

England said to America, “You knew this would happen, didn’t you? You had to know.”

America didn’t say anything.

He was busy occupying the empty seat to next to him–her seat–with memories of when they say together as three rather than two.


Notes

This was inspired by the song I have at the beginning of the post. It’s a good song. Go listen.

The Grand Alliance (the US, UK, and USSR) was created during WW2. The “Big Three” refers to the leaders of the countries–Roosevelt, Stalin, and Churchill, respectively.  Some people doubt the legitimacy and sincerity of the alliance. Either way, we do know that all three countries wanted to crush the Axis Powers. Did you know that hating the same people is  a great way to foster friendship?

After WW2 there was a huge falling out between Russia and the West. We call this the Cold War. Once allies fighting a common enemy, the US and USSR became undeniable enemies for the next 50+ years. It never feels good to fight someone you once stood beside as an ally.

Author: Allison Black

Allison is an author, nerd, and international relations major who loves bad political jokes. When she's not writing or gushing about global affairs, she's playing video games. One day she will have a Ph.D., speak Korean fluently, and command an army of chihuahuas.

2 thoughts on “Bilateral: Three”

  1. I can’t wait to get home and listen to the song in relation to your awesome writing. I love when two different mediums are connected. Well written!

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