The revolution is not a shame.
It was, especially after four years of hunger and blood, a victory.
The shame is in the betrayal which was perpetrated on it. All
nations which have had a great revolution look back with pride;
and every successful revolution made the people who did it great
for a time: The Netherlands and England in the seventeenth century
as the United States and France in the eighteenth and nineteenth
century and also China and Russia in the twentieth century. It
is not the successful, it's the smothered and repressed, the betrayed
and denied revolutions which make a nation ill. Germany is still
ill today as a result of the betrayed revolution of 1918.