Lead:  In the annals of state-sponsored terrorism, ranking close to the summit if not surpassing all was the Great Terror of Joseph Stalin.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: The will to power, to dominate and rule one's fellow human beings is an ancient impulse. From the most primitive times certain persons have desired to enforce their will upon those around them. So fearful of this tendency were the ancient Greeks that Athenians limited the time an individual general could control the army in times of crisis to a term of one day. Not until the demands of running an empire covering the entire known world made it essential, did the Romans permit power to fall into the hands of an emperor and only then with great reluctance.

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