Alexander Solzhenitsyn on tyranny

Carl Spitzer cwsiv_2nd at HOTPOP.COM
Mon Aug 21 16:34:08 MDT 2006

Alexander Solzhenitsyn on tyranny
"And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have
been like if every security operative, when he went out at night to make
an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to
say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as
for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire
city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling in terror
at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase,
but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up
in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes,
hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand…The Organs would very
quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and,
notwithstanding all of Stalin's thirst, the cursed machine would have
ground to a halt!"

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