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WHY DID THEY CONFESS?

agents." Call them what you will, but arrest as participants in a gigantic treason plot every key man in the opposition to Stalin's one-man rule-described by its defenders as the "party line." That was what had to be done, and Stalin had now an established method for doing it-the method of show trials with their well-rehearsed confessions. He had staged many such trials before, and the world had wondered at them-but never before with Bolshevik leaders as the actors and victims.
The Western world never quite realized that Soviet show trials were no trials at all, and were nothing but weapons of political warfare. No one in the inner Soviet circle, since the advent of Stalin, has regarded a show trial with its dramatic confessions as anything but a political device, or thought of it as having any relation whatsoever to the administration of justice. Whenever the Bolshevik political machine faced a crisis, it offered the people a batch of scapegoats at a show trial. These trials had no more to do with justice than with mercy.
True enough, there were those in the Soviet Government who cautioned Stalin against staging show trials of the Bolshevik Old Guard-not only because of the effect on the country, but because they might alienate the pro-Soviet forces abroad. Stalin insisted that the country would stand for it, and contemptuously dismissed the latter objection with the remark:
" Europe will swallow it all!"
But Stalin did not go about his purge the way Hitler had. Hitler faced an organized and challenging opposition, and struck with lightning speed. Stalin had no such opposition ; he was facing a profound and general mood of rebellion. His task was to cut down all potential leaders of any possible movement to unseat him. For that reason Stalin took his time.

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