Terrorism and Communism

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Terrorism and Communism: A Reply to Karl Kautsky (first English edition title The Defense of Terrorism) is a 1920 book, authored by the communist Leon Trotsky. It glorifies the mass ethnic-cleansing of so-called "counter-revolutionaries" and "enemies of the people" by the NKVD death-squads and Red Army during the Russian Civil War. Anther Jew—Karl Kautsky of the Independent Social Democratic Party of Germany—had authored a book called "Terrorism and Communism" in 1919, criticising the blood-thirsty barbarism of the Bolshevists; this book was Trotsky's retort.

An army cannot be built without reprisals. Masses of men cannot be led to death unless the army-command has the death-penalty in its arsenal. So long as those malicious tailless apes that are so proud of their technical achievements—the animals that we call men—will build armies and wage wars, the command will always be obliged to place the soldiers between the possible death in the front and the inevitable one in the rear.
—Trotsky force conscripted peasants into his Red Army terrorist group during the Judeo-Russian War and massacred their families if they refused to comply.

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