Thursday, September 27, 2007

The Little Red Book

V. War and Peace

War, this monster of mutual slaughter among men, will finally be eliminated by the progress of human society, and in the not too distant future too. But there is only one way to eliminate it and that that is to oppose war with war, to oppose national counter-revolutionary war with national revolutionary war, and to oppose counter-revolutionary class war with revolutionary class war… When human society advances to the point where classes and states are eliminated, there will be no more wars, counter-revolutionary or revolutionary, unjust or just; that will be the era of perpetual peace for mankind. Our study of laws of revolutionary war springs from the desire to eliminate all wars; herein lies the distinction between us Communists and the exploiting classes.

“Problems of Strategy in China’s Revolutionary War” (December 1936) Selected Works, Vol. I, pp. 182-83

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