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By Leon Trotsky

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A long and stubborn fight Siberian line, and we, the Japanese, rescued it by our would be necessary there; there is, indeed, in Japan itself raid. Well, this subterfuge failed; so immediately another a party which fears it. On the other hand, the American was concocted on the spot. At Vladivostok somebody capitalists who directly compete with Japan on the shores had killed two or three Japanese. No inquiry into the of the Pacific do not want the strengthening of Japan, affair had as yet taken place.

This I say is the essence of imperialist was shown their reports every day by direct wire. It goes policy. without saying that nowhere could they find even a trace And so, comrades, at first, about six weeks ago, the of armed enemy prisoners. They saw that, different from Japanese spread throughout the world the rumour that the Russian railway system, the Siberian line was guarded the Siberian railway was about to be seized by the better, and was working better. They only found 600 German and Austro-Hungarian prisoners who, forsooth, armed Hungarian prisoners who were Socialist inter­ had been organized and armed there, and that 200,000 nationalists, and had put themselves at the entire disposal of them were only awaiting the arrival of a German of the Soviet authorities against all its enemies.

But, comrades, just because we, all of us as one man, every one of us, whatever post he occupies in a factory everywhere he ought to feel himself do not want to allow the restoration of the power of or on the railways the bourgeoisie, of the squires, of the bureaucracy, and like a soldier who has been placed there by the workers' because we are prepared to stand up for the power of army, by his own people, and every one of us must the working class and the poorest peasants to the last discharge his duty to the end.

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