Thursday, April 21, 2011

Joseph Stalin

To choose one's victims, to prepare one's plan minutely, to slake an implacable vengeance, and then to go to bed . . . there is nothing sweeter in the world.
(Joseph Stalin wrote these words to fellow Bolshevik Lev Kamenev in 1915 when they were both in exile in Siberia.  In 1936, Kamenev was one of the 16 "Old Bolsheviks" accused of plotting to kill Stalin and and other Soviet leaders.  After being found guilty in the first of the infamous "show trials," all 16 were executed.  In other words, "Uncle Joe" not only talked the talk, he walked the walk.)

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