Thursday, October 24, 2002
How we burned in the prison 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?
Or, if during periods of mass arrests people had not simply sat in
their lairs paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at
every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing to lose
and had boldly sat 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,
notwithstanding all of Stalin�s thirst, the cursed machine would have
ground to a halt. ...Aleksandr Isaevich Solzshenitsyn
posted by Vetzine