Friday, January 11, 2013

Don’t Burn In The Camps Later

A well know quote from Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn is as follows.

“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.”

This quote is quite pertinent, today, considering the attitudes of those holding what they believe are the reigns to power here in America.

Don’t burn in the camps later because you (we) did not love freedom enough.  Some additional thoughts to consider on this subject can be found in two recent essays.  First, as posted at Western Rifle Shooters Association, and originally posted at Resistor in the Rockies, Matt Bracken’s Stick To Your Guns!.


Link to Harper’s piece via The Gunslinger.

I repeat.  Don’t burn in the camps later.

UPDATE (01.14.2013): Updated link to WRSA post for most recent content.

Posted by John Venlet on 01/11 at 02:17 PM
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