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Aside: Lenin’s prophecy about the United States

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Dimitry Z. Manuilsky, Chairman of United Nations Security Council, 1949:

The quote below is a summation of Manuilsky’s views as cited by Joseph Z. Kornfeder, a former communist and a student of the Lenin School of Political Warfare in 1930 (American Mercury, July 1963.)

“War to the hilt between communism and capitalism is inevitable. Today, of course, we are not strong enough to attack. Our time will come in 20 to 30 years. To win, we shall need the element of surprise. The bourgeoisie will have to be put to sleep. So we shall begin by launching the most spectacular peace movement on record. There will be electrifying overtures and unheard-of concessions. The capitalist countries, stupid and decadent, will rejoice to cooperate in their own destruction. They will leap at another chance to be friends. As soon as their guard is down, we shall smash them with our clenched fist.”


Vladimir Lenin (in the early 1920s):

“First we will take Eastern Europe, then the masses of Asia. We will encircle the last bastion of capitalism, the United States of America. We will not need to fight. It will fall as a ripe fruit into our hands.”

And, “We must practice coexistence with other nations, until we are strong enough to take over by means of world revolution… We are not pacifists. Conflict is inevitable. Great political questions can be solved only through violence…. It is inconceivable that Communism and capitalism can exist side by side. Inevitably one must perish.”