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Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill (1874 - 1965) The world crisis - The aftermath (1929)

To all who hope

CHAPTER IV

RUSSIA FORLORN

The Absentee.

'He is no Socialist who will not sacrifice his Fatherland for the triumph of the Social Revolution.'—Lenin.

‘Ich bin der Geist der stets verneint.’

' I am the Spirit that evermore denies’

—Mephistopheles in Faust.

The forward mobilization of the Imperial Armies and their headlong onslaught upon Germany and Austria may be held to have played an indispensable part in saving France from destruction in the first two months of the war. Thereafter in spite of disasters and slaughters on an unimaginable scale Russia had remained a faithful and mighty ally. For nearly three years she had held on her fronts considerably more than half of the total number of enemy divisions, and she had lost in this struggle nearly as many men killed as all the other allies put together.

They had employed poison gas on the largest scale and had invented the ‘ Flammenwerfer.’ Nevertheless it was with a sense of awe that they turned upon Russia the most grisly of all weapons. They transported Lenin in a sealed truck like a plague bacillus from Switzerland into Russia. Lenin arrived at Petrograd on April 16. Who was this being in whom there resided these dire potentialities ? Lenin was to Karl Marx what Omar was to Mahomet. He translated faith into acts. He devised the practical methods by which the Marxian theories could be applied in his own time. He invented the Communist plan of campaign. He issued the orders, he prescribed the watchwords, he gave the signal and he led the attack.

The British Court of Appeal subsequently decided that for our domestic purposes the Soviet Government became the de facto authority in Russia as from November 14, 1917.

for our domestic purposes...

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