• A program of "disarmament," while imperialist antagonisms survive, is the most pernicious of fictions. Even if it were realized by way of general agreement - an obviously fantastic assumption!- that would by no means prevent a new war. The imperialists do not make war because there are armaments; on the contrary, they forge arms when they need to fight.

    Leon Trotsky (1937). “The Revolution Betrayed: What is the Soviet Union and where is it Going?”, p.171, Mehring Books
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