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 Deal Made at Bayonet Point

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by "RENMIN RIBAO" COMMENTATOR

Source: Peking Review, No. 36, September 6, 1968
Transcribed for www.wengewang.org


    AFTER dispatching troops to occupy Czechoslovakia, the Soviet revisionist renegade clique sent Czechoslovak revisionist chieftains Dubcek and company under escort to Moscow for "talks" and dished up a so-called "Communique on Soviet-Czechoslovak Talks" on August 27. This is the outcome of the pressure exerted by U.S. imperialism on the Soviet revisionists and of intensified U.S.-Soviet counter-revolutionary global collusion. This is a dirty deal made at bayonet point with the Czechoslovak revisionist renegade clique by the Soviet revisionist renegade clique to get itself out of its present predicament. This is another big shameless betrayal by the Czechoslovak revisionist renegade clique, a most clumsy fraud by which these two revisionist renegade cliques try to dupe the people of Czechoslovakia, the Soviet Union and the whole world.
   Our great leader Chairman Mao has pointed out: "The governments of the imperialist countries, though they engaged in counter-revolutionary activities every day, had never told the truth in their statements or official documents but had filled or at least flavoured them with professions of humanity, justice and virtue." The so-called "Communique on Soviet-Czechoslovak Talks" cooked up by the Soviet revisionist renegade clique, a gang of social-imperialists, is a typical imperialist official 'document.
   In the "communique" the Soviet revisionists piled up many high-sounding words such as respect for "territorial integrity," "non-interference in internal affairs," "friendship" and "solidarity." This is the height of shamelessness indeed!
   You have dispatched hundreds of thousands of troops to occupy the whole of Czechoslovakia. What "territorial integrity" is there to speak of!
   You whisked Czechoslovak Party and government bosses off to Moscow and created puppets with the help of bayonets. What is this if not "interference in internal affairs"?
   Your tanks run amuck in Prague and your aggressor troops shoot to kill the Czechoslovak people at will. Can there be such "friendship" and "solidarity" in the world?
   The "communique" talks glibly about safeguarding the "interests" of the "entire socialist community." The real meaning of this nonsensical statement is: to maintain the colonial interests of the Soviet revisionist renegade clique in Eastern Europe. Your plunder of the wealth of these countries is said to be in the interests of that "community." Your infringement on their sovereignty is said to be in the interests of that "community."

Whoever dares to stand up to you, then and there you lash out with your tanks and guns and overrun his territory. This, too, is said to be in the interests of that "community." Isn't that "community" cut from the same cloth as U.S. imperialism's "free world community"?
   Soviet revisionism, the "communique" also says, will withdraw its troops as the "situation" in Czechoslovakia "normalizes." Look! Has not U.S. imperialism time and again declared that the U.S. aggressor forces will "go home tomorrow" as soon as "freedom" and "peace" are secured in Vietnam? U.S. imperialism and Soviet revisionism, the two arch imperialists, speak in the same tone and match each other in shamelessness.
   But the Soviet revisionist renegade clique has done a good thing in the so-called "Communique on Soviet-Czechoslovak Talks," that is, it has exploded by itself the high-sounding "reasons" it fabricated for sending troops to occupy Czechoslovakia. Didn't it say at that time that the Czechoslovak leaders headed by Dubcek was a gang of "Right-wing revisionist elements"? Didn't it say that the "treacherous actions" of the Dubcek gang "created a real threat to Czechoslovakia's socialist gains"? Didn't it say that it had to send troops for the "defence of socialism in Czechoslovakia" and for the fulfilment of its "supreme" "internationalist duly"? But a few days later it made a sudden about-turn, expressing in the so-called "communique" "understanding and support" for the stand of the gang of leaders headed by Dubcek and saying that the point of departure of the lines pursued by Dubcek and his kind was to "strengthen the socialist system" "on the basis of Marxism-Leninism." What a fine performance of slapping its own face! From this one can see that the Soviet revisionist renegade clique is the supreme head of the "Right-wing revisionist elements," that Soviet revisionism is the root cause of the ruining of the "socialist gains" in Czechoslovakia and that the Soviet revisionist renegade clique is the bell-wether in capitulating to U.S. imperialism and betraying proletarian "internationalist duty." The Soviet revisionist renegade clique's "reasons" for dispatching troops to occupy Czechoslovakia are rank lies. The so-called "defence of socialism," etc., is synonymous with the practice of social-imperialism and social-fascism.
   The so-called "Communique on Soviet-Czechoslovak Talks" shows the unprecedentedly miserable and isolated position of the Soviet revisionist renegade clique after it sent troops to Czechoslovakia. It imagined at first that after the occupation of Czechoslovakia it would be able to ride roughshod at will and stabilize its dominant position in the whole modern revisionist bloc.
But it turned out that its wishful thinking had fallen through. The Soviet revisionists' act of aggression has aroused the Czechoslovak people to resistance and met with the opposition of the Soviet people and condemnation by the revolutionary people the world over. Meanwhile the entire modern revisionist bloc is in a pandemonium and even some of the followers of Soviet revisionism have voiced complaints which they had never uttered before. The Soviet revisionist renegade clique is in a dilemma in Czechoslovakia. Withdrawal is out of the question and hanging on is well-nigh impossible. Being at the end of its rope, the Soviet revisionist renegade clique, like a cornered beast, staged the ugly farce with the help of bayonets.
   U.S. imperialism took a hand in the Moscow talks which were a component part of the intensified U.S.Soviet collaboration on a global scale. On the Czechoslovak question, the Soviet revisionists and U.S. imperialism both scrambled and collaborated with each other. U.S. imperialism, while giving tacit consent to the Soviet revisionists' dispatch of troops to Czechoslovakia, brought pressure to bear on them, urging them to attach first importance to the overall situation of U.S.-Soviet relations. The chieftains of U.S. imperialism Lyndon Johnson and Dean Rusk openly asked the Soviet revisionists to maintain "reason," to "have second or third thoughts" and not to engage in "excessive measures" against the Dubcek clique. Fully understanding these hints, the Soviet revisionist renegade clique is quite anxious to stabilize the situation in Czechoslovakia. People can see clearly that both U.S. imperialism and Soviet revisionist social-imperialism are playing power politics, using Czechoslovakia as a chip in their political bargaining. Both of them are the worst enemies of the Czechoslovak people.
   From the very beginning, the Czechoslovak revisionist renegade clique led by Dubcek has openly called on the people to refrain from resisting the armed invasion by the Soviet revisionists. Now it has knuckled under the bayonets of the Soviet revisionists and has accepted the terms of surrender which forfeit state sovereignty and bring humiliation to the country. It has again and again "appealed" to the Czechoslovak people to "keep calm," to "act with discretion." to do everything "to prevent a senseless shedding of blood"' and to prevent at all costs a "conflict" with "an army equipped with modern weapons," etc. In a word, it has asked the people to be willing slaves of the fascist occupation forces of the Soviet revisionists. This has crudely laid bare the despicable slavish features of this gang of traitors to the nation. The revisionist renegade cliques are not only renegades to the proletariat but inevitably become traitors to the nation in case of aggression by imperialism. This is an iron-clad fact which everybody has seen.
   The Czechoslovak incident has educated the world's people. It enables the Soviet people, the Czechoslovak people and the people in other countries where modem revisionist cliques are in power to see more clearly the reactionary nature of the modern revisionist cliques and also helps the people of the whole world to see more clearly the reactionary and decadent nature of modern revisionism. At present, the Czechoslovak people are stepping up their revolutionary struggle against modern revisionism in order to get rid of the occupation and control by the Soviet revisionist renegade clique, to oppose the threat and intervention by U.S. imperialism and to overthrow the reactionary rule of the Czechoslovak revisionist renegade clique. The struggle of the world's people against U.S. imperialism and Soviet modern revisionism is surging forward. The Chinese people resolutely stand on the side of the revolutionary people of Czechoslovakia, the revolutionary people of the Soviet Union and the revolutionary people throughout the world. We firmly believe that the revolutionary struggles of the Czechoslovak people, the Soviet people and the people of the whole world will surely be victorious and the days are not far off when imperialism, modern revisionism and the reactionaries of all countries will completely collapse and all ghosts and monsters will be utterly destroyed.

(August 30)
  
  
  

 
 
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