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 with 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! If...if...We didn't love freedom enough. And even more we had no awareness of the real situation.... We purely and simply deserved everything that happened afterward.
― Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn
posted on 01/10/2013 12:30:45 PM PST
(I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
A hail of gunfire and a blaze of glory!
That’s the only way I’m going to give up the Bill Of Rights!
posted on 01/10/2013 12:43:57 PM PST
by Uncle Miltie
(The shooter in CT was a Satanist. Curtail Satanists' First Amendment Rights for the Children!)
I just read that quote within the past few days.
Reminds me of advice my sister one gave me when we were young and I was dealing with a bully at school.
“If that bully starts beating on you, it doesn’t matter who is winning or losing - you just do enough damage to make her regret it.”
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