Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 2, No. 15. July 26, 1939
Curiously enough the very people who are most horrified at the dark doings of the O.G.P.U. show a fervent enthusiasm for mass murder in warfare—defensive, of course, but so do the O.G.P.U. regard themselves as a defensive force. The Russians could well consider themselves more humane than the gallant imperialist soldier—their executions are comparatively rapid and painless; their victims are not total strangers driven against them by compulsion; and the number of them is only a rivulet beside the ocean of the victims of capitalist wars.